Sherman Independent School District (SISD) considers extending the school day by 30 minutes according to the Herold Democrat:
SISD Interim Superintendent Al Hambrick proposed the extended school day during the last regular board meeting June 19. He explained that teachers are requesting more lesson time in core subjects, particularly math and science.
Hambrick and the districtâ€™s curriculum coordinators looked at the alternatives to an extended school day and determined that elective courses, such as art, music and theater, would be cut to provide more core subject education.
The extended school day would eliminate some of the â€œpull outâ€ tutoring, where teachers remove students from other classes to receive additional help in areas in which they struggle.
The extra 30 minutes in each day could be used differently at each campus depending on its individual needs.
Hambrick said the district will recommend the change, but the decision would ultimately be up to the principals and teachers.
For years, we have been adding more and more to the school day without removing anything. This proposal appears to be a step in the right direction; provided the extra time for instruction.
John Murphy likes the idea of a longer school day:
Why not extend the school day to better reflect regular hours in the workforce? It might be a better way to condition future workers for employment. If this initiative can be done cost efficiently, I would be curious to find out how or if it works.
CyberFayden thinks it’s a bad idea:
The reasoning behind the â€œextended schoolâ€ effort is pretty lame – mostly that many other nations keep their kids in school longer and their kids test better. You know what, I really donâ€™t want the USA to be like other nations, so I donâ€™t generally care what they do.
Part of my opposition, admittedly, is that I hated school. I was bored silly, I didnâ€™t think much of most of my teachers, I didnâ€™t like people telling me what to do and there were always more interesting things to do with my time outside of school. I didnâ€™t like going in the morning and couldnâ€™t wait for the end-of-day bell to ring. Of course, my favorite day of the year was getting out for the summer break. Freedom!
This issue is being raised across the country. For other perspectives see: