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Four-Day School Weeks
Four-Day School Weeks
The kids in Caldwell Parish will be ditching a lot of school this year (2008).
Every Monday, to be precise--and they're doing so with the principal's permission. Starting Aug. 11, this rural school system in northeastern Louisiana will hold classes only four days a week, following the lead of more than 100 school districts in 17 states. The reason? To save gas money.
With the new calendar, the number of hours Caldwell Parish pupils spend in class won't change. Instead, each of the four days of instruction will be lengthened an hour, and recesses and other breaks will be shortened.
At the district's junior highs, for example, the school day will commence at 7:50 a.m. and end at 4:09 p.m.
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Four-day week on the rise in education
Four-day week on the rise in education
High gas prices, long commutes have colleges and K-12 schools taking a close look at longer days, shorter weeks.
Experimenting with four-day school weeks is becoming popular in some of the (USA) country's most remote school districts, where buses travel hundreds of miles for student pickups, drop offs, and sporting events.
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Is the four-day school week good for education?
Is the four-day school week good for education?
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Prisoners Of Time
Prisoners Of Time
Report of the National Education Commission on Time and Learning
April 1994
Our conclusions and recommendations speak for themselves. Time is the missing element in our great national debate about learning and the need for higher standards for all students.
Our schools and the people involved with them-students, teachers, administrators, parents, and staff-are prisoners of time, captives of the school clock and calendar. We have been asking the impossible of our students-that they learn as much as their foreign peers while spending only half as much time in core academic subjects. The reform movement of the last decade is destined to founder unless it is harnessed to more time for learning.
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