The Pros And Cons Of Four-Day School Week – An Attempt To Back Up The Tumbling Finances

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Many schools in the United States changed the school week to a four-day week; most also extended each school day by an hour or more. A four-day week is basically an arrangement where a school is attended by students for the course of four days rather than five days. There is no specific day some schools do not have classes on Friday while others prefer to give the students Monday off.

Sometimes, the school week is trimmed to cut down its costs and expenses or for flexible working hours. Other than that, switching to a four-day school week could give children more time for homework and families responsibilities and has the potential to lead to a higher quality education and learning environment.

A study by Tulane University revealed that under a four-day week, teachers were absent less often and faculty turnover was significantly reduced. And students actually behaved better, they were attentive and showed better attitudes under the new system.

PROS OF THE FOUR-DAY SCHOOL WEEK

  1. Cut Down Expenses

Most school districts have changed the school week to a four-day week; to save money on operating costs, including running school buses and paying bus drivers. Schools find that a shortened school week can save up to 2 percent of overall costs, and they don’t have to pay overtime salaries for their supporting staff. While some of the schools who also followed four-day week have reported even higher savings.

  1. Students Performance

People had said that students under four-day school week program will suffer academically. But an early study has revealed that students are responding well, and their academic performance has improved. In another study, the results showed that students in Colorado school District accomplished better grades in a four-day school week rather than five day week.

Students do not skip multiple days, when they know there is a three day weekend coming every week, therefore, attendance increases as well as student’s efficiency.

  1. Sense of Responsibility

A four-day school week is an excellent way to enhance the sense of taking responsibility for your own actions in a child. Although, it is the dream of every student to get an additional day off from school every week, but the four-day school week does not mean that students get a day off from completing homework assignments and preparation for upcoming exams.

More often students will have the ability to study or catch up on homework, especially if they are behind on their work. The extra day off helps the students to figure out the way of learning and allows them to adopt any information absorption method, which suits them best.

  1. Self-Confidence of Students and Teachers

If students and teachers both get the opportunity to get rest and time to figure out their work, then they can cooperate with each other in a better way. A four day school week is better than five days school week because stress levels are less, and it eases the burden of teachers and students both.

Four-day school week decreases the workload of teachers, and it enables the students to receive an improved education without changing the schools. The confidence of students has also improved; they are now able to set their schedule.

 

CONS OF THE FOUR-DAY SCHOOL WEEK

  1. Diminishes Focus

Some students can easily change their routine to four-day school week. They have the ability to get used too, to changes and can take benefit from three day weekend. On the other side, few students learn differently, and they cannot adopt changes quickly.

The people who do not support the system of four-day school week said that this system is sensitive for the students who learn differently and are not able to deal with a four-day school week. This system is best for children who are self-motivated but not for the children who do not learn in the same way. Longer days can cause bad grades for students who cannot concentrate properly.

  1. Child Care Concerns

Every family is not the same they have their own issues and problems. In modern society, most kids have two parents who work or parents who are divorced and share the custody of their child. By this trimmed school week parents have to spend their money on extra expenses for availing child care services during the week.

Because of a four-day school week, parents have to spend their hard earned money for hiring a babysitter to look after their child for the fifth day. The responsibility of the parents who work the full day also increases. Although it’s not easy to handle extra burden.

  1. Less Hands-on Learning

Schools which switched to four-day school week has also extended the time of every class in a day to ensure that students receive the same number of class hours as those in five-day districts. Schools often load heavy academic subjects into mornings, when students are more focused.

There are children who can learn on their own by reading the topic or book several times, but there are other children too who cannot learn on their own. They need a helping hand, and it is important for educators to incorporate hands-on learning into their daily instruction. It is important to remember needs of all the students and ensuring that no student is left behind in the process of learning.

 

Everything has its benefits as well as side effects. Four-day School week is a good system if it is adapted by making several plans and notifying ups and downs which students or teachers are going to face. Where it is useful for students who can learn fast, it is also bad for the students who learn differently and slowly. But with few steps and measures, these problems can be solved. Detractors have their own facts and point of view. But it is important to note that schools should not get blind by extra money which they are saving by trimming the week. They should also pay attention to the level of study and notice every student’s behavior across the week.