Arguments For Lengthening The School Day Persuasive Essay

  • Longer school YES!!!!!!!

    We need extra school days because students like from Japan are WAY ahead of use because they have year round school. They have less breaks and more school time we on the other hand have less school and more breaks. America is the 48th on the charts of academics and japan is #1

  • Yes, longer school days.

    I say yes. There are a lot of kids struggling in classes. Having longer class time means that a lot more stuff will get finished that might have not because there was too little time. The longer class times doesn't mean that it has to just be the teacher up inn front. This could be a time where the teacher walks around asking students if they need help. It could be a homework period. Maybe they have sports. They could get all their homework done if there is longer school days. And teachers worry so much about students not doing homework. This could be the time that the kids who don't do homework do it and not waste time playing video games.

  • Yes, Make School Days Longer

    School days, for most students, could be at least an hour longer. Today, a great number of schools clock the bare minimum of required hours of instruction or student attendance. An extra hour would give instructors an extra ten minutes per class to answer questions or just "be there" while assignments are started in case students are having difficulty.
    School in the 50s and 60s ran from 8:30 to 3:30. Schools now run from 9:00 to 2:00, leaving students one and a half hours of additional time that has no parental supervision.

  • Ha ha ha ha ha

    You can get more presents if you go to school more. Ha ha ha ha ha. Why would we go to HHHHHOOOOOOMMMMMEEEEE? NoeugekndalbgaerhilgbreauilgbirdhagberHiflbirlhhgbirhklgbhrjrslbgihlsebgihrrv. CB wants us to work for the world???.?????.???????.?.?.. Excuse me me me meme me me me me !!!!!, ! , ! , ! , ! ! , , , , ! , ! , ! , ! , !

  • I say yes

    A longer school day will enable kids to be able to do extra curricular activities that they don't normally do, for example, theater. This is able to help students in later life because it gives them a chance to practice their public speaking now, which is needed in daily and later life.

  • I say noooo

    I SAY NOOO because school is not fun. We would learn more and we would not get as much time to do homework and no free time to do whatever. But my school would let us have more recess but I don't care.
    They just want us to learn more.

  • Kids need more school time

    So kids just don't get why we may have longer school days. I have found that over half of the kids at my school are not doing there best or done get some things. Well that can all chang with longer school day. We can have better OAA scorers and smarter kids with more time in the class room.

  • Do it m8

    School is great! Many kids are bored at home so an exra hour of school means they get to be with their friends and maybe even play some sports while at home students are more likely to play video games, use the computer which can strain their eyes. At school students can study or get ready for tests they might have the next day

  • Longer school days is a really good idea

    Kids need more time in school.The state tests have changed into a really hard execrable night mare.If we want kids to pass with hundreds we should have longer school days!They need to get better at their debilitys and spend more time making friends too.Longer school days is an advantage! Yes we should have longer school days

  • Books are to learn not to force.

    Students and teachers are getting more and more tired each day. Students are busy doing their homework's, projects and much more while teachers are busy marking papers and homework's. Each day we only consisted 24 hour to do or to spend our time. Most of us spend more time to school. 8 hours are used in school. 8 hours are use in sleep. That's means we only 8 hours to do and to spend with our parents, friends and mainly homework's. If school still extend our time at school, we won't be able to finish our homework or to study and to enjoy our happy moment with our lovely family. Students and teachers are humans, we do have family and friends. We do need rest and relax. If school are really that important to extend our time at school, by the end most of us will be frustrated and stressful.

  • This week, President Obama repeated his support for longer school years, pointing out that in many countries, kids attend school a full month longer than American kids. Of course, in some ways, it does not matter what the president thinks of this. School years are set on the state and local level. The federal government could provide some incentive funds for such an idea, but largely the issues of money and teacher union contracts affect the issue.

    But, as you will see in some of the material to follow, there is far from conclusive proof that longer school years produce better students. No doubt, the studies say, some poorer performing students would benefit. But not all would. And a longer school day might produce even better results than a longer year would. Look at the information in the chart from this report by Edu in Review.

    The 180-day calendar is shorter than that of other industrialized countries, and some schools even find ways to shave days even further. A story on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's website said:

    "America's traditional 180-day school year is more myth than reality in Illinois, as a jumble of state laws, rules and waivers allow districts to chip away instruction time, shorten school hours and cut the number of days students come to school.

    "While Illinois requires 176 days of 'actual pupil attendance' already fewer than most states the vast majority of public school districts dip below that by one or two days and sometimes more, a Tribune analysis has found.

    "Some 400,000 students in Chicago Public Schools attend school 170 days, with permission from state lawmakers. A similar waiver allows a suburban district to shave eight days off its calendar so teachers can work on improving student achievement when students aren't there.

    "What's more, the Chicago Tribune found that in many districts, a day isn't necessarily a day.

    "Hundreds of districts send kids home early or have them come in late even as much as once a week to give teachers time to get training, meet with parents or collaborate. Districts can count these shortened days toward attendance requirements."

    Other voices on this topic

    A fair number of studies question whether longer school years really would result in higher performance. The students who might benefit most are the students who have special needs or need remediation, two researchers found. Longer school years would cut down on how much students forget from the end of one school year to the start of the next.

    Here is a briefing paper presented in 2009 [PDF] by the Center for Education Policy, Applied Research and Evaluation at the University of Southern Maine. The key research points included the idea that extending the school day could be more beneficial than extending the school year:

    Quality Versus Quantity

    • "The issue isn't time per se, but how it is spent
    • "The key to increasing achievement is not necessarily more time in school but maximizing the amount of academic learning time
    • "Any addition to allocated time will only improve achievement to the extent it is used for instructional time, which must then be used for engaged time, which, in turn, must be used effectively enough to create academic learning time
    • "Quality is the key to making time matter ... Educators must -- to the greatest extent possible -- make every hour count
    • "Improving the quality of instructional time is at least as important as increasing the quantity of time in school


    • "Most calculations suggest that a 10 percent increase in time would require a 6 to 7 percent increase in cost but could save parents money in child care costs"

    Similarly, a researcher in Germany found that a shorter time in school did not affect average students'  learning of material in the core academic subjects [PDF]. But a report by the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and Massachusetts 2020 had good things to say about longer school years.

    USA Today reinforced the fact that views on this topic are mixed:

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