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Debate Score:22
Arguments:16
Total Votes:23
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Budget cuts and school how does this sound?

In my county ( I'm in Florida ) and others aroung are considering a 3 day weekend and a 4 day school week. This would mean a lengthened school day ( an hour and a half each day to make up the difference ). Is this a good idea? 

Yes

Side Score: 16
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Side Score: 6
3 points

Since it really doesn't cut out any time of the school year, I say why not?

It would add more time to do homework and do things with friends. We could all use some more of that. I'd definitely like to get more airsoft time in.

Side: yes
2 points

Pros: - Give kids time to enjoy their childhood, which is being treated like a crime nowadays. (Why should a 6th grader spend his summer building his college resume??)

- Reduced traffic. This might sound like a small consideration, but overall efficiency in traffic-affected areas could be seriously improved. This means less fuel usage for the kids' families, and for those who would normally be stuck a tiny bit longer in traffic.

- Budget cut! I hope this doesn't reduce teacher salaries, though, as we all know it's a full- and over-time job. Hopefully the cut comes from reduced operating costs for the school.

Cons: - Look up the effects of primacy and recency, if you're interested in more. Basically this means there's an inverse bell curve of learning efficiency over the time material is taught. The first and last 20 minutes of a block of time are the most well-absorbed, in other words. Larger blocks of material could mean more zoning out.

- Jake's note about the schedules no longer lining up is a consideration, though. But if school went from 9-5, wouldn't that be even better? Although rush hour might become insane. :(

Overall, I'd say it's definitely worth trying, as it's just in one county. Maybe a large city could try it if it goes well. Let us know if it goes through, and how it goes?

Side: yes
1 point

Hey you made some great points there,

(Why should a 6th grader spend his summer building his college resume??)

AGREED, teachers are going collage crazy these days.(not that its not important, but dang, sixth grade??, where did you hear that?)

Side: yes
1 point

I went to a K-12 prep school. I saw plenty of people who never got to be young :-\

Side: yes

Seriously, budget cuts would be huge. One day a week buses don't need to run. That could take millions of dollars a year out of the budget in a large school district.

Side: yes
1 point

It would also stop global warming because it is our fault!!! (Just kidding, it is a natural occurrence)

Side: yes
2 points

Sounds good to me I mean we have more time to do what we want to and it is less hassle for parents isn't it?

Side: yes
2 points

The only downside I can think of is the parents! I think it would be great if you can fit the curriculum into the shortened week but how about parents who must work and cannot always be there to supervise their children's time? It may create a problem for them as all change does when schedules are altered. I think that it will be good for some and not for others...but there's always something that can be worked out if needs be.

I for one, cannot wait for the day they implement virtual school...meaning that classes can be taught by interactive programming with students and teacher. I believe that this has already been implemented in some areas. On the budget side I know this might cost a bit but I think the benefits far outweigh budget considerations.

Side: yes
2 points

That could be a better idea since they can still learn the same things over school during the four day period. What's good about this is that students could best use their time to be more productive. They could start looking for a 2 day work and start earning some bucks, this could help their parents and at the same time helps the economy too. The only downsides for this is if they use this extra time that they have to play online games and all those stupid cool stuffs.

Side: yes
1 point

I don't see why not, Imagine all you could do with that extra day.

On the other hand a lot of parents work schedules match up pretty well with the 5 day plan.

Side: yes
1 point

As long as learning isn't sacrificed.

I'm a proponent of making the 3 day weekend national, and business switching to 10 hour work days.

It saves gas, time, money. And it's probably healthier mentally. Who can get anything done over a two day weekend? A four day work week and school week is one of the best ideas I've heard for awhile.

Side: yes
1 point

I'd rather see them remove sports programs and bullshit extracurricular activities.

Let people pursue their own interests on their own time, on their own dime.

Side: No
1 point

Being the school system is ran by the government and out of the kindness of their money grubbing NWO hearts the school's text books are supplied by the Federal Reserve Bank and these books have nothing to do with history but what they want you to believe.( to prove my point just read what they teach about the meaning of the Second Amendment) it doesn't matter since either way they will complete high school with not knowledge but how to be a global citizen eager to save the false god, mother earth and bow down to obama's NWO.

Side: No
1 point

For a slacker it would be, but the chinese go to school five days aweek and put in way many more hours. Which is why they are smarter than us.

Side: No
brycer2012(1001) Disputed
1 point

They also have more money than us. That's the subject of the debate. Why would we increase hours and school days if they already can't afford the normal school week?

Side: yes
DaWolfman(3321) Disputed
1 point

They have no where near as much money as us, they may be out of debt. But we are a powerhouse, we generate the most out of any other country in the world.

China was totally irrelevant to the actual debate topic.

Who is they ?

Side: No