Should the School Week Be Shorter?

Illustration by Dean McAdam

If you’re like most kids, you go to school Monday through Friday. But lately, a growing number of schools have shortened the week to four days. These schools are usually closed on Fridays or Mondays. The other school days are a little longer to make up the lost time.

Schools that use a shorter week say they save money on things like buses and electricity. But some people argue that a shorter week can mean less learning. Here’s what two of our readers think.

Here’s what two of our readers think.

We should have four days of school instead of five. This would allow families to spend more time together. It would also give teachers more time to prepare lessons. During the three-day weekend, kids would have a chance to be outside, read, and play. They could use the extra day to prepare for tests and projects.

Alanah Guerrero, California

I think we should have a five-day school week. Many parents work five days a week. If kids were in school for only four days, families would have to pay for a babysitter for the extra day. That could get expensive. Plus, if we had four extra-long school days, kids may not have time to get their chores done after school.

Jayden Posada, Florida

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