OK, I know a lot of cities and towns are broke these days. And they’re all looking for ways to save money.
But here’s the dumbest idea yet, which more and more cities are considering: cutting back to a four-day school week. I mean, this makes no sense at all.
Sure, it will save money. Not on teachers, who get paid anyway. But on heating or cooling, and electricity, meals, and school bus drivers.
But think of the cost to the nation at large. We will be turning out a less educated student body at a time when we’re already falling behind the Chinese and Japanese.
No matter what some pseudo-experts say today, you can’t give kids the same amount of learning in four days that they can absorb in five days. No way. They’ll be too tired on Tuesdays, after a long three-day weekend. Not to mention parents will have to pay for an extra day of child care on Fridays, when kids would normally be in school.
If you ask me, the four-day school week takes us in the wrong direction.
If we really want to make America’s schools #1 in the world again, we should forget about the four-day school week – and move immediately to a six-day school week.
That’s my parting shot for today.