Cons of a 4 Day School Week
- One of the cons associated with a four day school week is, according to the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, that children who are already struggling in school ultimately end up spending less time studying, even with the extended daily hours,. Reducing learning and teaching time is believed to be the outcome of the four day week, and this may degrade the quality of education.
- When the school week is shortened to four days, each day is extended marginally. Some educators do not think the longer day compensates for the fifth day. The amount that a student can absorb in a day is limited, and it is considered unlikely by some in the educational field that a few more minutes added to a day spent in a science or math class helps students who are attempting to understand new and often difficult concepts.
- Some educators argue that the savings that are sought and achieved by closing the school on the fifth day is not commensurate with the loss in teaching time, and the reduction in income for those in the school system that are paid the least. For example, bus drivers and cafeteria workers do not have to be paid for that fifth day, and realize an obvious economic loss from the four-day work week.
- The longer school day may make it difficult for teachers to keep students focused. When young students have to go to school for a longer period of time each day, even though they get the fifth day off, they can get tired and aren't as receptive to learning. They may adapt to the longer days, but it may take some time to adjust.
The Parents' Perspective
- The cons for parents of young children include finding a caretaker for their children for the entire fifth day if both parents work, which increases childcare costs for the parents.
- Teenagers, not in school on that fifth day, might make some of them more susceptible to getting into trouble.