Four-day school week awful idea

Several Kansas school districts have gone to four-day weeks to save money, prompting USD 257 to consider the same.
What a destructive idea.
While schools don’t have caring for children during the work day as a primary purpose, today’s parents plan their days around a five-day school week. No school on Monday or Friday would be enormously disruptive to single parents and two-worker families; mildly disruptive to every household where school-age children live.
The community would suffer because literally hundreds of teenaged children would be roaming the streets an additional day for nine additional months in the year; children from six to 18 would suffer because they would not learn as much in four school days as they were learning in five, no matter if the school day were lengthened.
Study after study has shown that the way to increase the amount children learn is to extend the length of the school year as well as the school day, AND THE SCHOOL WEEK. Children have limited attention spans. A four-day school week would mean three days each week without school; three days to lose concentration and shift focus to non-school activities. Resuming school after three days off would mean a slow start for students and teachers alike when classes began again.
If the Kansas Legislature doesn’t have the guts to make certain that every district in the state has the money it needs to maintain a Monday-through-Friday school week, school district patrons should agree to pick up the slack locally — and resolve to put tougher, smarter people in the Legislature in 2010.

— Emerson Lynn, jr.