Is Reducing the School Year a Good Idea?

A good article about the potential reduction of school days in California. This would be done to give schools some flexibility when cutting their budgets. Some interesting points to highlight:

“No one is able to say with authority that 180 days is better than 175,” said Bennett. “There is no data that would be so specific as to differentiate the different (academic achievement) in those five days.”

“Research doesn’t give very many direct comparative insights into instructional time versus class size versus textbooks versus art and music,” said Stecher, of the Rand Education program. “At some point, there is no clear research answer to these choices.”

I see the debate firsthand in regards to classroom time vs. non classroom time. It’s interesting and both sides have good points. The bottom line is, students and teachers have different teaching/learning styles. Teachers need to find the best way to reach students within their own style. Students need to learn to find resources when they need more from a teacher. It’s a learning process for both sides and it’s interesting to watch.

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3 Responses to “Is Reducing the School Year a Good Idea?”


  1. 1 tdubs February 9, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    The money saved by shortening the school year will not effect our education in the least. Anyone who is young enough to remember a rainy day at school or when a substitute teacher is in front of the class knows that time can be made up quite easily. The teachers just might have to work a little harder or not show a video one or two days

  2. 2 tdubs February 9, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    The money saved by shortening the school year will not effect our education in the least. Anyone who is young enough to remember a rainy day at school or when a substitute teacher is in front of the class knows that time can be made up quite easily. The teachers just might have to work a little harder or not show a video one or two days

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  3. 3 B's May 15, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    By cutting the school year by 5 days they would not save that much money. This might just cause teachers to give more homework and students do not want that. There are many different ways to help save money that would be more effective then it would be for cutting the school year. I could see this having negative effects on the school system as opposed to positive.


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