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Should school be shortened to 4 days a week? (Yes, please!)

Do you think school should be 4 days a week instead of the traditional 5? So do researchers.

Starting school later in the week benefits students in many ways. Studies show that students’ attendance greatly improves, meaning it’s much easier for students to wake up after a long weekend of staying up late at night. With this, having a longer weekend gives students time to rest take a mental break, and even engage in spending time with their family even longer than just 2 days. With all of these improved flaws, it gives students the chance for academic improvement. Having a shorter school week would also elevate some student’s stress levels. For example, students who are in AP and IB classes along with some of the necessary classes they need to graduate, will possibly have a less stressful week rather than a full-on 5-day school week of stress and work. The longer weekend can give them an advantage to do their work as well, along with the students who aren’t in advanced classes.

According to researchers, “The number of teacher applications that we’ve received has gone up more than 4-fold,” Dale Herl, superintendent of the Independence, Missouri school district, told CBS News last month. This can also be a benefit, meaning that teachers are already stressed enough and are having to work 5-day weeks with only a 2-day break, this can give them an advantage to relax and be stress-free during the weekend while grading paperwork or tests!


So, do you think kids will actually get more sleep and be more productive? Or will this just add to the problem? What do you think? Reply in the comments below.

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Jaziah Hunt
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Jaziah Hunt is a first-year member of the Orange & Green Staff. A junior, Jaziah enjoys listening to music and hanging out with friends.

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