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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Grade 6 Article Due Friday, 9/9/11

Please read the article by following the link.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-longer-school-day-0903-20110902,0,1194505.story

Answer this discussion question:

Do you think a longer school day is a good idea for public schools?  Explain.

37 comments:

  1. I think if the school day was longer they will become better students. From a student's perspective I do not think a longer school day is something wanted by the students. Some teachers might not be excited about puttin g in the extra hours. Overall if the school day is made longer it will help the students in the future.

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  3. I think public school should have longer school days because i ones went to a public school and we had a lot of breaks like every week.Then i realize if we public school has longer school days they will be learning intend o taking vacation every week.

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  4. I think if public schools have longer school days it will keep kids off the streets. I think this because Chicago in particular is struggling with keeping kids off the streets. I also think if students have longer school days it will help them be more successful in life. Lastly, I think that students should have longer school days because students should have extra time to learn and comprehend.

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  5. I believe that a longer day is better for public schools because of being at home or roaming the street, you could be getting a better education. There are many of kids around the world that wish that they could have an education while you are wasting your own. Instead of being the follower of other people you should be the the one making a difference and be the leader. Your parents aren't wasting there money just you you to good off, they are using there money for you to learn!

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  6. I prefer public schools should have longer days because they take brakes every holiday for a week.Another reason is students are not learning enough on public schools.When i was in a public school i didn't have to study or do any homework.Also Chicago needs to make a better progress of ISAT,exams,or Terra-nova.

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  7. Journey W. said…
    Public schools should have longer school days because most public schools go all year around. They should have longer school days therefore the teacher can spend more time on Reading and Math skills overall. When school is over I see students who just simply go where ever they want and don’t do their homework as soon as they come home. Sometimes they just won’t do their homework at all or they’ll just throw it in the garbage. Public schools should have longer school days because in the future they will have a better and successful life. With longer school days and more time spent in the classroom maybe we can improve overall numbers of students that can and will attend college someday.

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  8. I think that on some days school should last longer because it give us as the students to be able to learn more. Most students think that school days should be shorter, but those students who say that probably don't do well in school or don't get good grades. But I bet that if school days become longer, just a little, that more kids would live a better life and have a lot of knowledge.

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  9. I think public schools should have longer school days because they have lots of breaks. My friends (neighbors)say they have things like pajama day and they have breaks on almost every single holiday. With longer school days, kids learn more and they will not be acting the way they do on the streets. Kids might not like the idea but it will benefit them in many ways.

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  10. I agree with Kenya think that It would be a good idea to have longer school days too keep kids of the streets but in a different way.From my primary source miss whitfield there is no reson for extra scholl time. There is no money for extra classes accept for reading they already do that for over 2 houers per day. so think if they had extra non school activiteys that would be able to keep more kids off the streets a bit longer

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  11. I agree with louis because when I was in fourth grade I attened a public school. All we did is focus on the weekends,sprin break,summer break,christmas break,and holidays. Instead we should have listened and did our work. So I think they should add more time to the public schools so they canactually learn something.

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  13. I think that public schools should have longer hours. I say yes because it will make the students become better learners and be able to comphrehend their studies better. It will also keep students off the streets and help students stay focus on their education.

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  14. I think public schools should have longer school days because they will become better students.I think a longer school day will affect everyone. The students will receive a better education and the teachers will receive bonuses. Public schools should have longer days because the students will be more successful in life and stay focused on their education.

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  15. I think public schools should stay in longer because they aren’t getting a good learning process as privates schools. I also think they should stay in longer because it helps them get more lessons done.

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  16. I think longer school days for public schools are a good idea because students need as much education they can get for their future ahead. I think longer school days are a good idea because the teachers will be happy about getting their bonuses and it is helpful for the students and their education. Also this generation of kids isn’t really aren’t getting the education they need and a little extra school work could help out a lot.

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  17. I think public schools should have longer school days. I say that because it's about the students education, not about your vacation. Not only do they get smarter, but they will receive $75,000 for ugrading classrooms, and just making the public school a better learning enviorment.

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  18. I agree with melanie because I was once in public shool and we had breaks like every one or two months out of school.So I possibly think that public schools should have longer days and longer hours.If public schools have more school days and more school hours that they wont only get smarter but they would get an understanding of why they should have longer hours and londer days of school.

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  19. Yes I do think that public schools should have more school days because i went to a publicschool. And i didnt learn anything there so thats why I think public schools shuld have more school days

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  20. I think public school should have more time because when I was at my public school we didn’t do any work at all. My friend still goes there and tells me they have less homework I think if they have time they will get a better education. Also there is a 65 % chance most public school students will go to College.

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  21. I think that a longer day for public school is and isn’t a good idea. I think it is a good idea because they will either have more or longer classes. It is a bad idea because they aren’t getting a good education as we are so if you extend it you will have longer or more classes but if you’re not learning anything in your classes then what’s the point of extending the school day.

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  22. Yes, I agree that a longer school day if definitely needed and very important. The students
    will be able to get more out of the school day as well as learn additional instruction. Even if that extra time was only spent asking questions, students would develop new knowledge. For example, at the school I went to before PSM, it was a public school and we had good teachers but we got out at 1:38. Even kids at other schools say that's early. In my personal opinion, it's TOO early. Kids in Chicago need to get higher scores on the Standardized Tests. Also, it's better being at school learning, doing something with your life instead of hanging out on the streets. Sure maybe the students won't like the idea of a longer day, but hey they will get used to it. In a long run, there going to very much appreciate the longer day because they learn more things with more time. Time is precious and important, just as going to school and getting an education is. I'm so glad the new mayor wanted to enforce this, it is so important. Students need more time to master subjects and understand information clearly until they can do it on their own with no help. Some teachers may say "I don't have the time" or "NO WAY! I don't get paid enough now, and you want me to work more?", since there are incentive pay raises everyone gets what they want, most importantly the students are getting the education they want, need, and most definitely deserve. I think all the public schools should make the school day longer.

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  23. I think it would be good for public schools to have longer days because I think they will have a better education.Public schools have alot of breaks,almost every 3 weeks.I don't think the teachers would like begin at school all day instead of home.In the end I think they should hve longer days because they still get all the breaks.

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  24. I believe that public schools should have a longer day. The school curriculum in the United States has fallen to average. According to Huffingtonpost.com, on a scale of 0-1000, the U.S is 487 in math, 500 in reading, and 502 in science. This is caused by these 5hr school days and, as Melanie stated, days off each week. A longer day will provide more instruction so students can become more intelligent. In turn, if you think long term, this will lower crime rates and boost our international rating.

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  25. I think it would be good for public schools to have longer days at school.This would be good so the students could get a better education. Whith this extra time the teachers can teach subjects that the students need help in like math,sciene,and reading. I believe that this time will help the students be better people in the future because I believe that people who dont know math,science,or dont know how to read will simply go on in life not knowing anything.

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  26. I think it's a waste of time to have a longer day because it's not about how long the school day is it's about what's being taught.But at the same time public schools do get a lot of days out like report card pick-up.Also I've heard about a public school where half of the 8th graders didn't graduate.

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  27. yes ,I agree kids should be able to have longer days of school because kids should have the right to learn by having longer times. I know it must be hard. If we had longer school days I would be grateful to have them because I want to be smart,go to college, and become successful in life that way I could accomplish my goals I wanted to do.why keep kids from learning when they could be in college by now!!!!!

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  28. I agree children should have longer days of school because some schools like Public schools barely learn anything so the children will not gain much knowledge when they just read the text books and the teachers are not during their job which is to teach the children instead of making them just read and answer the questions that are in the text book.The teachers are supposed to help the students understand what the book is talking about.

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  29. I believe that students should have longer school days because it can help them with the subjects they need help in. It can help them get a higher education. This way the teachers can have the children reading their text books until they comperhend. The students will also be able to get better grades on their homework. Then all of the students will be able to succeed. The students will be ble to get as much help from the teachers as they need. If the students get a higher education then it is guarenteed that they can do anything they want when they get older.

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  30. i think that public schools should have longer school days, because when i was in a public school, i did not have enough time to get all the learning that i needed to be better educated. teaching takes time, when there are alot of kids in each room and then the kids are not ready to learn because they know that they only have to be there for a little while. longer days will give kids more time to learn and the teachers will not have to rush through the lesson.

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  31. I think that it is a good idea for public schools to have longer school days because it might keep most students/kids off of the streets and in their book more often. Also, I think it is a good idea for public schools to have longer school days so, the students can get a better education.

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  32. I think that public schools should have longer days for many reasons. One
    reason is that they need to learn more. Some public schools are going in at
    9:00 and ending at 2:45. That’s why they need longer school days because
    theirs are to short. That’s not good because your brain cannot process
    that in that short time. So that’s why they need a longer school day.

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  33. I agree with everyone who said kids should be in school not on the street selling drugs.Longer school dats would be great because in public schools only having 5 hours of school is nuts.When you have longer school days students understand anything they have a questions about.With more time comes more understanding.

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  34. I think publc school kids should have a longer school day because it gives them a feel of what us private school kids have to do everyday.The public school schedule was to short and that's probably why public school kids fail, so this let's public school kids learn more so they can pass.

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  35. I think that public schools should have longer school days because they need it.The kids are doing nothing and they can learn something new.Instead of getting arrested and doing drugs, they can be safe in school learning something valuable .

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  36. Yes I do think that a longer day for public schools is a good idea because then they would be able to learn more and learn about more things.I also think that it is a good idea because the students will be happy that they will have longer days to learn.

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