The united states school calendar averages on 180 days. The number ofdays that the learners are in school is one of the shortest in theworld. The president of the united states has come out to supportthe idea of increasing the number of days in the school colander.Various individuals and organizations have expressed their opinionstowards the idea. Some feel that the increase is not warranted, andthe country should stick to the conventional school calendar citingthat the schedule in operation does not affect the learning process.However, it would be an informed decision to increase the number ofdays that the learners spend in school. It would ensure that theyimprove their literacy at the same rate with other children in otherregions.
First, on average teachers have approximately 6.5 hours with thestudents. The time is not usually enough for them to cover thesyllabus comprehensively and sometimes they result to unnecessaryrush to cover it during eh available time (Schachter). The littletime available and the need to complete the syllabus create asignificant pressure for the learners. However, if the teachers havea longer school time, they could cover the syllabus in time and givethe learners ample to get clarification without their questionsoverlapping with the time set aside for class work. A primary reasonthat learners opt to spend time at home rather than at school isbecause they want to run away from the pressure and demandingenvironment found in school (Schachter). Legislators can make thestudents` life in school more meaningful and help in getting rid ofthe negative attitude towards school by allowing the students enoughtime to learn.
Also, one the primary reasons why students look forward towards goingfor holidays is that they enjoy varied co-curricular activitiesoutside school. The reason most schools do not have a wide range ofthese activities being integrated into the school curricula isbecause there is limited time to cover the syllabus (Smyth).Therefore, the teachers dedicate the available time to class work.Increasing the number of days that learners spend in school wouldaccommodate some of these activities. When the co-curricular areconducted in a school environment, they have two major benefits. First, the school administration would tailor them to yields the mostdesirable results for the students unlike when conducted in acontemporary setting (Smyth). Secondly, it would reduce the coststhat parents incur when students on holiday go for co-curricularactivities.
President Obama believes that longer school days are not popularideas among the learners, and it is indeed a fact. However, althoughthe voice of children is important when making decisions regardingtheir life, it is worth noting that most of them would prefer stayingat home rather than being in school. The critics of this idea quotethe children’s opinion, and more than 85% of the learners expresstheir preference for longer holidays (Schachter). However, at thisera when there is so much to learn from the instructors, childrenwould rather spend more time in school. Other developed countrieshave embraced this idea. America should follow suit and allow anddevelop structures to allow students get more time to getinstruction.
Contrary to the students ‘belief that extending the school dayswould create more pressure and deny them the opportunity to engage inother activities, the idea is would reduce the number of hours theyspend on school work when they go home. For example, most thestudents have to complete lengthy homework and hand them in the nextday they go to school. A significant number of them live in anenvironment that is not conducive for study. If they complete thework in the school environment, they would not have to face thenumerous disciplinary actions as a result of cheating in theirhomework.
However, another school of thought argues that there is a lot ofpushback emanating from the educational community concerningstandardized testing (Feinberg). Teachers employ the teach-to-testmethod that many people consider as inappropriate for comprehensivelearning. Feinberg believes that there is a possibility, therefore,for the number of hours spent at school being used on wastefulactivities that do not contribute to improved results. Children maynot gain anything from the extended time apart from increasedpressure and workload.
Conclusively, the arguments show clearly that lengthening increasingthe time that students spend in school can contribute to improvedperformance. It would give teachers time to complete the syllabus andallow students to conduct personal studies. It would also accommodatethe integration of co-curricular activities with their learning, makethem more meaningful and reduce the costs that parents incur whenthey take their children to such activities during holidays. It wouldalso ensure that students concentrate on their homework in the schoolenvironment and avoid the numerous cases of copying. Although criticsargue that the time would increase pressure on the learners,establishing the supportive structures and checks can ensure that itresults in maximum benefits for the learners.
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Smyth, Julie.Longer School Year: Will it Help or Hurt U.S Students? TheHuffington Post, 2015 Web.