Schoolfamily.com - Helping parents help their kids succeed at school

Ive noticed a couple of articles lately (here and here) talking about a four-day school week. In Iowa, the Department of Education turned down the Bondurant-Farrar school districts request for a four-day school week. One of the reasons the district wanted to move to a four-day week was to help ...

Advertisement




RSS feed for School Family Blog Subscribe to SchoolFamily.com Blog Updates

Enter your email address to receive new blog postings via email:

 

Delivered by FeedBurner

Advertisement

Pick a Blog Topic


Does a four-day school week work?

Posted by: SchoolFamily on Mar 18, 2009 in Untagged 


SchoolFamily
Bio
I've noticed a couple of articles lately (here and here) talking about a four-day school week. In Iowa, the Department of Education turned down the Bondurant-Farrar school district's request for a four-day school week. One of the reasons the district wanted to move to a four-day week was to help cover a budget deficit.

"Del Hoover, the deputy division administrator for the Department of Education, said Bondurant-Farrar officials did not provide enough evidence to show that the reduction in school days would positively benefit students and their learning."


In Colton, Oregon, students have had Fridays off for five years now and many people like the shortened week.
"Parents say they enjoy spending more time with their kids and because the district extended the Monday through Thursday school hours, daycare costs are a wash."


"When we looked at the Colton School District's Oregon report card we found that although there were a few drops in average test scores, overall students there are scoring better in reading, math and science - and they are consistently higher than the state averages."


I expect we'll continue to read more about the four-day school week. Do you think it would work for your family and kids? Or do you prefer the usual Monday-Friday week? Add your thoughts in the comments below...
AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Comments

  1. Posted by - nique on Dec. 04, 2009

    i think that kids should have a four day school week becaues it even gives teachers a break.

Add Comment