The 4-day school week can save school districts a substantial amount of money, but has demonstrated no improvement on student learning. It can also provide teachers with additional time for professional development.Continue Reading
While some school districts have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by switching from a 5-day to a 4-day school week, the Education Commission of the States found that budget saw savings of only 0.4 to 2.5 percent.
The longer school day can be taxing on students, which can be the reason why there are varying results on how the 4-day week impacts their ability to learn. Most experts recommend that school districts should not base their decision to convert to a 4-day work week on test results alone.Learn more about K-12
Disadvantages of 4-day school weeks include fewer extracurricular activities, long and tiring days for students and teachers and the possibility of students failing to retain information over a long weekend. Four-day school weeks exist in school districts of 21 states as of 2014, including Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana and Michigan. Most districts using 4-day school week schedules exist in rural areas, and they have adopted the nontraditional school schedule to cut down on operating costs.Full Answer >
Benefits of starting school later in the day include an improvement in the academic performance of students, better safety for those heading to school and a lower level of exhaustion throughout the day. Numerous scientific studies have concluded that bumping back the start time of schools by even thirty minutes can greatly improve various aspects of student life.Full Answer >
The positives of electronics in school include offering peace of mind, instant answers, access to more information and a range of music and social learning while the negatives include harmful exposure effects, cyberbullying, inappropriate material and promotion of disconnection. Most schools now allow students to bring electronics to school, although they regulate the use of the devices while on school grounds.Full Answer >
Military high schools can offer a sense of discipline and responsibility to students who need it. They are also often academically rigorous. On the other hand, military schools can alienate or frustrate more independent students and can be too academically rigorous for others.Full Answer >