When I first heard about this, my first thought was I didn’t like it. I thought it would cause to many problems with parent’s jobs and daycare situations. But then when I watched this last night, it made “some” sense to me.
I know you can’t please all the people all of the time but I wanted to hear both sides. There were the people who loved it. They said things like this:
“The doctor visits, orthodontist, college visits, anything we needed we tried to schedule for Mondays,” said parent Michelle Trulock. “Mondays were good for piano, guitar, all the extra things that were harder to fit in when there were 5 days,” said parent Jennifer Dirksen.
Then we had stuff like this:
“The family time has been very precious to us. Because you try to get him to bed at an earlier time and that Monday having off is kind of nice,” said Struxness.
I think all of these things are a very neat package but what if parents work? Lessons and extra curricular activities won’t happen if you’re at work and not at home. So if the kids are young enough to be in daycare, they are there one more day a week. If you have a child old enough to stay home, they are home one more day alone each week. I mean, my kids had their lessons and their sports and doctor and dental appointments and they went 5 days a week.
Whether or not this has improved students performance hasn’t been determined yet and they will know the results of that next month. I feel if students perform better or not depends on the student. If someone likes something, they usually do well and those that are fooling around on that day off, might not fare as well.
This does add 65 minutes to each school day. That is a concern of mine. Especially with the younger kids who are already tired after a day at school the way it is. Throw into the mix of kids who are at daycare another day and kids who are alone all day for another day and then lengthen the day, they lose an hour each evening when they could be doing things with mom and dad. We should also remember homework has to be done and the older grades, how much time will there be each night to do other things?
The “experiment” has had really mixed reviews. I wasn’t really sure where I stood on it until after I read up on it but now, for me, I think I liked it better 5 days a week. I liked having them home early enough for a snack before supper and to get a good start on homework with still enough time for sports and family things. It’s the longer days that I don’t care for.
How do you feel about this?