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Should the school day be lengthened?

Yes 63% 111 votes
No 36% 63 votes
Total Votes: 174

Note: This is not a scientific poll.

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December 11, 2012
6:36 p.m.

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bostonredsoxfan ( bostonredsoxfan ) says...

They should only lengthen the school day if they're going to combine it with a significant reduction in homework.

December 11, 2012
9:16 p.m.

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biwemple ( biwemple ) says...

My middle schooler often comes home with little\no homework at all as do many of his peers. He gets really good grades, but I wonder if its just too easy these days. I don't think there is enough homework myself. I believe we are short-changing our kids' studies today and not preparing them for the world. It's not always the simple quantity of homework either, but the quality of it too, and that it challenges their minds, not just have them prepare for some standardized test then be forgotten.

December 11, 2012
10:04 p.m.

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bostonredsoxfan ( bostonredsoxfan ) says...

Here in North Colonie, my elementary student had about 45 minutes today (in addition to reading), my Jr. High student had about 1 1/2 hours, and my high school student about 2 1/2. Today was a lighter day.

December 12, 2012
7:47 a.m.

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gina99 ( gina99 ) says...

That is not the case in Schenectady. Unbelievable that with both parents working elementary kids get out before 3PM. Start classes later and let them run later in the afternoon. No wonder half the class is asleep. Follow North Colonie homework assignments.

December 12, 2012
8:26 a.m.

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bostonredsoxfan ( bostonredsoxfan ) says...

When I served a church in Schenectady, we looked into offering after-school homework help. The neighborhood elementary school principal told me that they didn't give much homework, because so much of it didn't come back. In that case, I can certainly see the benefit in a longer school day.

December 12, 2012
9:49 a.m.

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BWayman ( BWayman ) says...

no longer school day. We r a country school. Some children get on the bus at 6:45 and do not get home till 3:30 to 4:00 pm Then they have homework and sports. No wonder kids get burned out.

December 13, 2012
3:07 a.m.

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Fritzdawg ( Fritzdawg ) says...

At a time when most school districts are strapped for cash, I don't see how that could realistically happen.

I agree with adjusting the start times though.

 

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