Ceramic Industry

Four-Day School Week

September 4, 2012

It's back-to-school time! A recent survey by the American Association of School Administrators reports that nearly 1 in 7 school boards in the U.S. is considering dropping down to a four-day school week to help meet budget constraints or stave off teacher layoffs. In last week's CI CyberNews CyberPoll, we asked readers if a four-day school week would be good for education. Surprisingly, the results were unanimous: all the respondents (100%) answered no, a four-day school week may end up causing other problems, such as the need for child care while parents are at work, etc.

Comments included:

"Our kids need more education, not less."

"The idea of cutting school to four days a week because "we can'd pay for it" is insane. We can pay for it, we just don't want to. Our kids' futures (and the future of our country ) should not be put at risk to pay for tax cuts for the well-off."

"U.S. public schools are now providing what many describe, and what test data confirm, as poor quality education for our children. This is especially true in science and math areas, i.e., STEM areas. A 4-day school week would further undermine the sub-standard quality of our public school system."

Are you interested in taking the industry’s pulse on a particular topic? Send your suggestions for CyberPoll questions to Kelsey Seidler at seidlerk@bnpmedia.com.

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