Would you support a longer school day in your school?
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ClassroomSooth's picture

For me, it all depends on two things:

1) How the time will be spent (if test prep or core subjects, then its an affirmative "no," but if its spent on art, health or civics education than I vote overwhelmingly "yes.") and

2) Staff must be compensated fairly for the time.

Guest's picture

For elementary students, it's a very long day, especially for k-2. It's also very long for teachers. Teachers are coming to work at seven and leaving school at six or later because students aren't leaving until 4:00 and time is needed to reorganize and prepare for the next day.It's difficult to schedule meetings and other activities such as clubs or tutoring.

Nancy Jacobs's picture

I wouldn't support a longer day, but I would support starting later in the morning for secondary students. They don't wake up and act alert until about 10 am. Also, research says older students do better when you don't drag them out of bed to be somewhere at 8 am. 10-5 would work great for me too!

Julie E.'s picture

I would not support a longer school day because primary students are getting tired by the end of the current school day. I would support a longer school year so that the students wouldn't have such a long period of time to regress over the summer.

angie 's picture

I would support a longer day if fridays were for game days and extra curricular activites wh ere teach ers earned their addendum. That way I could have my hours in 4 days and be off on Fridat.most students could use a longer weekend in jr. High.

Mrs.Waddell's picture

If I could work-from-home online...SURE!

Connie's picture

Students need to realize they are a part of their own educational plan and they need more time for their role in the plan. If a longer day is the answer, then why is it Home schooling is so successful? These students do not spend an entire day on "classroom" learning. They work hard and smart, not longer.

Linda's picture

I home schooled and presently teach. Answer to your question.... Teaching one on one is easier and faster, can direct teaching exactly at how that student learns, no distractions with other students, pe is playing with friends, music and art, playtime, cut out all but core.. One on one, not hard to do in shorter time.

x's picture

They need more real life experiences, not less. We have them cooped up in a classroom all day drilling them with information that they will forget because they don't put it to use. It would be ideal for students to have academics part of the time and then have an opportunity to utilize it through a work program or other application in the real world. I took four years of Spanish but because I didn't use it, I can no longer speak it. I can drill my students all I want on any subject and the same will be true. They don't have an opportunity to use it and they will forget it.

just a teacher's picture

1) Our day got longer this year by 45 min.
2) No, there was no extra compensation.
3) Every teacher has at least 1 day with no planning or break of any kind.
4)Every day is now 9 hrs. with minimum prep and cleanup. Days with meetings are10-11+hrs.

Colleen's picture

My first reaction was "Holy Crap!" I would love to know where you are.

Craig's picture

I would support a longer school day and a longer school year. However, I would want all students to have 3 hours of strenuous physical exercise per week. I would also like to see 2 hours of electives per week where they apply what they learn in the core subjects. Classes like Traditional Industrial Arts.

Traditional Industrial Arts can teach kids a lot of very useful information. Much more than building model houses out of balsa wood or mouse trap cars can even begin to teach them.

KJ's picture

the day is already long enough. Even as a college student you don't spend 8 hrs all day in classes. If we were to go to longer days I think there should be more half days or even a 4 day work week

Sarah's picture

Like my colleagues above have stated, I'd support a longer year and NOT a longer day, especially for Primary students. Attention-spans are low as it is, and a longer day would not be productive.

Guest's picture

What is needed is better support systems from administration for behavior problems during the day.

teacher333's picture

It is not a question of extending the school day for longer learning...it is a question of providing quality learning during the regularly scheduled school day!

CC's picture

More hours are not the issue. Utilizing the time we have is a much more important task. In addition, the school hours in high school are not truly conducive to the learners and their body clocks. Adolescents would be so much more productive if we could educate them when they are at their peak efficiency. I like the suggestion of 10-5, but I understand that would hamper sports and after school jobs. Still, getting a teenager to be productive at 7:30 in the morning is a monumental task.

TechEducator1's picture

I would like the idea of education changed in general. If you begin your education in CA and move to NJ what has been learned (or not learned) is different so the student is already suffering. This is the "Swiss Cheese Theory of Education." This must be dealt with so there is consistency across the USA.
Schools need to extend the day and maybe make Fridays a global project day to collaborate with schools from other countries. Make inquiry, critical thinking, networking, cooperation and collaboration important. Thank you!

Alt-Teacher's picture

A longer school day even with compensation will cause teacher burnout much quicker. It would also give parents less time to spend with their children. Teachers would have less time to further their own educational pursuits. It is also a way for a system as large as the one in my city to brow beat older teachers into retiring.

Ann's picture

If you have ever attended staff development, you know your brain can only take in so much information in one day. Our students are the same way. We went to longer classes this year and I find myself just filling in with games and activities to keep their attention.

Science Teacher's picture

I would welcome a longer day, with appropriate compensation, for planning and prep purposes. It would be nice to be compensated for at least some of the many overtime hours I put in just to accomplish what is expected of me. I do not believe a longer day is what the students need. They need teachers that are relaxed, prepared, and happy to be at work. What a concept!

newman's picture

We added an extra hour to our elementary school day this year, and it's been hard on the students,especially the younger ones, the parents and the adults. By the time, students get home, it's rush, rush, rush to get to sports activities and other after-school events, eat dinner, do homework and then to bed. It's hard on teachers too who find themselves staying until 6:30 pm to go over student work, plan and prepare for the next day.

Felicia's picture

I would do a longer day in exchange for a four day week. That was discussion in our state for a minute, but the talks had died down. With class sized over 34 in some cases, it is hard to keep the attention spans of teenagers beyond 3 minutes!

Betsy Squires's picture

It would be extremely difficult to extend the high school day because of the extra-curricular activities scheduled after regular school hours. Our school offers dance, theater, band, orchestra, chorus, special tutoring sessions, student publications that require after-school additional work, leadership team, and a full sports program. In addition, we have service clubs, special interest clubs, art clubs, and activity based clubs (skiing, bicycling,etc.). Although as an English teacher I would like to believe that students come to school for the rewarding experience of learning in my classroom, I realize that a very large percentage of students attend because of their passion for sports or the arts. We do not need to increase time in school, we simply need to make the most of time already spent by meeting the needs of the teachers so they can do their jobs with the support they need for high levels of success: 1) small classroom sizes; 2) highly qualified administrators--building, district, state, and federal level--with the attitude that they will assist teachers in their efforts rather than sit back passively as the public crucified us; 3) supply the technology and learning materials so that what we learn in training can actually take place; 4) fund training individual teachers so that they can learn what they know they need; 5) design and focus school improvement by the needs of individual departments so that the needs of each department's teachers are considered separately; 6) hire personnel, hire personnel, hire personnel so that teachers' guidance counselors, and administrators do not spend a significant amount of time every day performing non-teaching related duties and paperwork that could be handled by someone else; and 7) free up time during the day for personnel to plan (lessons, strategies, staff development), carry out their plans, and evaluate the success or need for fine-tuning--this should be a paid part of our day, not left to become the focus of our evenings and weekends. Anything I left out?

Linda Joyce's picture

Yes, if we can get back to a full curriculum, re-including everything that has been cut to make way for the well-intentioned-but-sadly-mistaken testing that is strangling our schools today!