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Five-Day School Week Is the five-day school week good for students? why? I need to make an argument in favor of it.

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Lori Steinbach eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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Stuffing five days of school into four days would be miserable and counterproductive for both teachers and students.  Imagine having the last class of the day--whatever time it started, it would be at the end of a nine-hour (or more) day.  Yeesh.  I'm exhausted thinking about it.  One meal would not be enough for such long days, and the extra weekend day would probably be spent just recovering from such an exhausting week.  More cost efficient or not, I vote no!

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In exploring this topic, I would look to other countries to look at how much students go to school and how many days a week they attend school. Even in the US, various school districts have been toying with the idea of having a 4 day school week with longer hours, or having a 5 day week that lets out early one day a week for teacher conferences or planning. I think some arguments in favor of a five day week rather than a longer week is that school is only one aspect of life, and to be well rounded, students need weekend time to pursue other interests and learning opportunities. Another argument would be that students need time to recharge their "batteries" and rest before diving into another work week. 

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In the interest of economics, one big part of the 5 day school week corresponds directly to the 5 day work week.  If the school week was to be shortened, what would working parents do with children on that 5th day?

You could also argue this by making comparisons of America's educational achievements to countries like Japan.  It is pretty common knowledge that Japanese students spend significantly MORE time in school than American children.  Perhaps you could find some figures to prove they are achieving more or have a more successful society as a result of their children spending more time in the classroom.

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So... a five day school week as opposed to what?  As opposed to a 4 day week?  Or a 6 day week?  Here in the US a five day week is standard so I don't know what you would like it compared to.

Compared to a 6 day week, you can say that a 5 day week keeps students fresher and more motivated to learn.  Because they have two days off each week they do not get so bored of school.  They have some time off to relax and become motivated again to go to school.

Comparing it to a 4 day week, you can say that 4 days is too short.  You can say that 5 days gives teachers more time to teach and allows students to have enough time to learn.  You can say that 3 days off in every week is too much and that students forget what they have learned by the time the long weekend is over.

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bossisbinto | Student

i have a question i think we should have 5 days of school what u think

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zumba96 | Student

5 - day school weeks are a good option because the children can get optimal learning time and still have 2 days off in order to relax or study. This could help the because one day of coursework would help and if we cut it to only 4 days per week that would mean that the kids would have to stay longer for a school year. 

thewanderlust878 | Student

For younger students, I definitely think that the 5 day school week works well. Though I'm sure the kids would much rather have a shorter week, in the long run it is better for them. 5 days allow them to have consistent teaching for a majority of the week, but it isn't so much that they will get burned out and tune out everything the teacher says. It is also much easier on their parents, who have 5 day work weeks, and can more easily set family schedules. 

Hope this helps!

taangerine | Student

Based on my personal experience, having a 5-day school week is very good for me. It is because I am able to rest on Saturdays and Sundays and come back refreshed on Monday. Having a too long school week will not allow the student to take breaks and well therefore be overwhelmed with the workload in the long run. And, having a too short school week ... although it will not overwhelm the students, the students will take advantage of the short week and will not retain as much information. 

arrellbelle | Student

I'm perfectly a fan of the 5 day a week plan in high school, in college you get an opportunity to take all your classes in a 3 or 4 or 5 day a week plan. It just depends on your personal preference and whether or not you have work, or can keep up with the rigor of your classes. Personally, I love learning 5 days a week because I get more information from the teachers and also the information is fresher in my mind as opposed to learning it for a short period of time.

swimma-logan | Student

Yes, because we have more time to learn, see our friends, and do sports.

Sports, and seeing friends, while that's fun, bares no relevence to education. "30 years from now, it won't matter what jeans you wore, how popular you were, what your hair looked like, or what sneakers you wore. What will matter is what you made of your education, and where it took you in life."

q30r9m3 | Student

Yes, because we have more time to learn, see our friends, and do sports.

karabo | Student

Time management and prioritising is actually the best medicines around.....and in truth, five days are enough for a student who is passion driven.

swimma-logan | Student

While education is important and we do need to spend time in school. Life happens, and we-teachers AND students- have things we need to take care of, boyfriends and girlfriends, family, bills, activities, clubs etc. If a student is motivated, they need more than five days, or what have you, that time is available. 5 days is just the standard, and it's certainly not universal. If students take duel enrollment than they have less. If students are AP, they may have more.

mkcapen1 | Student

Personally, I believe that the five day school week is quite effective.  I believe that by the end of the week the children and teachers need rest.  I am also not in favor of extending a student day for too long because they tend to start to shut down after spending all ay learning. 

ali001 | Student

a five day school week is more than enough for a student because

students get sick of to many hours of shcool

not many students complete the school work at school they do it as homework

Some teachers lose there patients towards a few students

epollock | Student

If you mean a five-day work week is better than an Asian six or seven-day school week then you can say it might be better. It can afford more concentration for material n the classroom and allow for more homework and outside asignments, where the real learning takes place.

aspergerdoc | Student

The answer is not about how many days, but rather, how many hours of school is sufficient.  In many countries students attend school six days a week but for less hours.  I some countries, students attend six very long days (Japan, China).

The answer depends on how many hours are needed to get the instruction done.  Education in the United States has always been based on convenience and economics.  The five day school week was designed so that students would be free on weekends to help with crops and to attend church on Sunday. That's one of the reasons that in the US, students generally have the summer off (again, so that they could help with the crops). 

The United States is finally beginning to consider other options to the 5 day school week by changing hours, days and curriculum content.