Q:

What are reasons to have shorter school days?

A:

School districts consider shorter school days for several reasons, including saving money and providing students the ability to participate in more extracurricular activities. Shortening the school day by even an hour or two can allow a district to save dramatically on its utility costs.

Additional costs savings from a shorter day include less money paid to part-time workers to cover hours needed to support faculty and staff. In some cases, districts may also be able to generate revenue by using the time that school isn't in session to rent the space to local organizations.

Despite criticisms that a shorter school day limits classroom instruction, more free time in the afternoon enables students to participate in extracurricular activities that strengthen the overall educational experience. School sports teams can start practices earlier, thus allowing students to finish and get home at a more reasonable time. Also students who work part-time jobs have greater ability to still engage in after-school activities while working part time. Some low-income families rely on the income generated by older students to help support the family. Students could also spend the extra time in the afternoons to participate in community-service programs. Internships and advanced educational training programs are other possibilities for the extra time provided by a shorter day.

Learn More

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Is the National Society of High School Scholars a scam?

    A:

    The National Society of High School Scholars is not considered a scam. It was founded in 2002 by Claes Nobel and currently has over 700,000 members. Its purpose is to provide recognition for outstanding academic scholars.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the average words per minute one can read, by grade level?

    A:

    According to Jan Hasbrouck and Gerald Tindal, an average student in the middle of the school year can read 23 words per minute at grade 1, which increases gradually up to 151 words per minute at grade 8. Their study was compiled in 2005, and covered reading speed during fall, winter and spring terms.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Can I get my GED scores online?

    A:

    GED test takers can check their scores online the same day they complete the test by logging into the MyGED portal. Within 24 hours of test completion, an enhanced score report is also available, detailing how points are distributed and which skills the test taker needs to improve.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is Title 1?

    A:

    Title 1 is a federal program that provides funds to elementary and secondary schools that have many children in poverty, and it's designed to help students receive the remedial education needed in core subjects. The funds can be used to hire additional staff, offer tutoring, make improvements to the school's curriculum or provide teachers with professional development activities, among other uses.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore