There are some benefits to four day school weeks. One is the teachers would have more time to teach their lessons. With the fifth day off, they would have more time to plan if they wanted. It would lower the absenteeism of students and teachers. They would need fewer substitute teachers because teachers could plan appointments on their off day.
One of the major cons to the four day school week is who takes care of the students on the fifth day if there is no school. Parents will still have the traditional five day work week and will have to invest in day care. Another reason is if a teacher misses a day, more instruction time is lost than if a teacher misses a work day during the traditional five day work week.
I think that an argument could be made that more material can be covered in a more comprehensive manner in a four day week. Being able to be immersed within instructional settings for a longer period of time can allow for more meaningful teaching and learning. If daily classes could actually be for a longer period of time, more individualized instruction could be given to students. On the student point of view, the intensity of a four day week would be able to recollect focus and recharge with the three day weekend. There might be a very compelling argument to a four day week because the idea of focusing attention and instruction for a more intense period of time could help to make time spent in school more meaningful.
There are some financial benefits to a four day school day week. One reason is that schools only need to provide lunches for students four days a week instead of five. Another reason is buses would only run four days a week as well. In addition, utility bills would be much less.
The hours of schooling per week would be the same. Many teachers would love to have a three day weekend and so would most students. The problem I see that may occur with students is that it may be very difficult for special need students to sit through a very long day.
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If kids have a four day week then they will have more time to complete their homework. If they have an extra day off then they will not be so stressed.
more time to complete HW = better done HW
more time to relax = going to school refreshed = more able to learn
Financial benefits, as discussed in one of the other replies, are a biggie: let's not forget that all public schools (at least where I live) are subsidized by the taxpayers.
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The benefit of having a four day school week is it's more stress free. You would have more time to relax and not forced to study. I often study better when I'm not 'forced' to do it.