I wouldn't mind a longer school day for elementary/middle school but my preference would be that either remedial classes for those who needed it and/or homework help (for all) and/or enrichment (for all). I think many parents would be grateful to know their child came home from school with their homework done and the child had a music/drama/art enrichment class.
A couple of days later, the letter below was printed:
"When are they going to wake up and get it right? They can make the school day 24 hours if they like, and nothing will substantially change.
I taught elementary school for 30 years and noticed that as the school day progresses only one thing basically happens to kids: they get tired!
If you really want to improve public education, rather than increasing the length of the school day, it would be better to decrease class size. Teachers would then have more of a chance to administer individual instruction during class time, to all children. There wouldn’t be many chances to tune out, and more work of real value would be accomplished.
Children need time to be children. They’re not going to get it in a nine-hour school day.
Those who hate school will only hate it more. Most of the other children will be burned out by the time they reach high school. And when will there be time to do homework?Kathleen Crisci"
I think she has a point. Parents would be much happier (indeed, this is the number one reason I hear from private school parents as to why they want their child in private school) if they knew their child's class size was 17-20. Even with I-728, I haven't seen a lot of class sizes go down. I'm not sure any of us have ever understood how it passed, with its stated goal, and yet, we still have larger class sizes. A smaller class size benefits BOTH teacher and student.
So, longer school day or smaller class size? Which would help more? Or, is there still a better goal out there?