To save money, more and more schools are going to a four-day week. But what does that mean for our kids -- and for us?
For working moms, this poses an obvious problem. Most work FIVE-day workweeks. Who will watch their kids on the fifth day? Schools save money, but parents LOSE money because they have to spend cash on childcare.
The concept of the four-day school week is not a new one. Until recently, though, it was mostly small, rural districts that had the shorter week. But now, due to increasing budget cuts, more and more districts are making this the rule, not the exception. Critics say shorter weeks will have a huge negative impact on students' learning. "There's no way a switch like that wouldn't negatively affect teaching and learning," says Tim Callahan, spokesman for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, which is trying to stop the state from looking into the four-day-week option.
There is very little information on just how a shortened week will affect students. A 2009 report by the Idaho Department of Education said evidence was "inconclusive" as to whether student achievement was affected, and the Colorado Department of Education said the "jury is out on the question of student performance."
What do you think of the four-day school week?