Do you think that your (or your child’s) school is too long or too short? 68 people once took a survey on Debate.org. The question was: Should school hours be shorter? (Debate.org) Children and adults took part in this survey. Out of those people, 90% (61 people) said that school should be shorter and gave good reasons. 10% of those people (7 people) said that school shouldn’t be shorter and gave mediocre reasons. Why should you agree with these 90% and not the 10%? Well, in my opinion, shorter school days should be allowed. School is very stressful. You take long hours learning and quietly doing assignments. On average, you have about six hours of learning and thirty to forty-five minutes of lunch/recess.
Many kids have after-school activities. It is not fair for kids who have two and a half hours of homework for school to start so early and end so late, especially when they are so busy after school and sometimes before school. As stated in Fabulous 5S, “When we get home from school the day is practically gone, we have no time to spend with our family or do the things we like best (Mahetta).” After-school activities allow children to express their creativity and use their brainpower to the fullest in a different way! It is also not fair to the teachers, because teachers get the same amount of time for breaks as the students and much, much more work to do. I believe that if five or ten minutes were taken off class time, it would drastically change the teacher’s workload. The teacher and the student would be happier.
I understand that some people would argue, “Then there would not enough time to learn everything!” However, if you give more class work rather than more homework, you can still learn the same amount. Five or ten minutes is not going to really affect as much learning time as you usually have. Often, the first five and last five minutes of class are spent getting your supplies out and talking a little bit. If teachers didn’t allow students to have as much time to socialize before class, then they could learn as much without the extra five minutes.
Have you ever failed a test because you couldn’t pay attention after five other classes? It’s happened to me plenty of times. School’s long hours actually affect student’s learning in a negative manner. You get bored from the long lectures and taking notes, and instead of focusing on the subject, you’re staring at the clock waiting for this class to end. If long school hours were shortened, it would make kids’ grades better, help them to learn more, and save their school money. The school would save money because sometimes kids, when bored in class, aimlessly color on desks and other school supplies. This leads the school to buy new supplies. If the school day is shortened, kids wouldn’t be as bored and destroy the school’s supplies.
For the reasons above, shortening school would benefit, and only benefit, teachers, students, and parents alike. Students could learn easier, be happier and be healthier. Sleep is healthy, especially for growing children. Students would be able to sleep more, and be healthier, if school was shorter. Parents would be happier because they would be proud of their children’s good grades. Teachers would be happier because they wouldn’t have to plan for so much. If we do not shorten school, however, students will be less willing to learn and expand their knowledge. School will become worth nothing. Grades will become worse, and when students grow up, they will not have the available knowledge they need for college and their life. Now, do you really want to deprive a child of their source of knowledge and their guide for the rest of their life by having an unnecessary seven-hour school day?
Do you want your child to be tired and stressed all the time because of long school?
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Mahetta. “School Should Be Shorter.” Web log post. Fabulous 5S. Ed. Mr. Squires. N.p., 10 May 2012. Web. 22 Nov. 2013. http://5s2012.edublogs.org/2012/05/10/school-hours-should-be-shorter/
“Should School Be Shorter?” Interview by Debate.org. Debate.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Nov. 2013. http://www.debate.org/opinions/s.hould-school-hours-be-shorter