Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Act 56


I'm really not sure how I feel about this one...

The state changed the definition of a school year.  It's no longer 180 days.  It's 900 hours for younger students and 990 hours for high schoolers.

It gives school districts the option of a four day week, with more instruction per day.

I hear a lot of young people saying they're already tired.  The school day starts too early and ends too late.  You should see the line at the mini mart in the morning, with students loading up on coffee, caffeine,  and energy drinks.  It's an eye opener, pardon the pun.

And then, there is the question of what young people would do with that extra day off.  It would be a good day for sports and extracurricular activities-- allowing for more family time, too.  I have a feeling that won't happen.  It's probably goof off and social media filling the day.

I'm old school, and sorry for a second pun.  Five days is fine, but if the school day is extended a little bit, a half day on Fridays wouldn't be a bad idea.