Longer School Days
Jamaal, Age 16, Oak Park, IL
All students have different ways of learning (seeing, hearing, reflecting, acting, etc.), which affects how they do in school and essentially in life, because our whole society is based on education. This also means that whatever the method of education chosen, it won’t be perfect for everyone. There should be a way to improve our educational system without completely changing the way students feel and think about school. School would be more productive if the school days were longer and the homework was minimal.

Longer school days would help a lot of students that get home, finally open their notebooks to the section of homework they were assigned, after first learning the material hours ago, and just end up not knowing what to do.

With more time in school, those same students could, instead of doing any three of those options, simply go to the teacher and actually learn the material. This would especially help students that have extracurricular activities after school and come home exhausted.

If students felt like they wouldn’t be able to handle longer school days, it wouldn’t be much of an issue because they’d have a longer lunch period, which means more time to recuperate for their remaining classes for the day. With longer school days and minimal homework, students would be able to pass school a lot easier while actually learning the material at the level they were supposed to; and with students earning higher grades, it would mean many more of them going to college, which would help our economy in the long run.

As a compromise for students that would say they can’t handle more school hours for the regular five days of school, we could shorten the school week to four days a week, and with the extra day, students could come in for tutoring if they are falling behind (they would also have multiple time to do this in the regular first four days, so this is extra). Students would not mind this setup for school as much because of the main fact that there would now only be four mandatory days of school in the entire week (tutoring on the extra day will be mandatory for the students whose teachers think they are falling behind or close to failing the class).

Longer school days would be both beneficial to students and the community as a whole. Less children flunking out of school, less schools paying a fine for not meeting the “No Child Left Behind” quota, less kids just roaming the streets and getting into trouble, and extra help at hand for when you need it; that’s what longer school days are all about. It may be a bit expensive, but it will give back to the community once all those students become successful and discover and invent the future.
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