Saturday, August 27, 2011

9/80 for students?

Well, actually closer to a 4/10, but more people have heard of a 9/80.

(For those that haven't, a 9-80 work schedule is where you work nine-hour days instead of 8-hour days, but you get an extra day off every-other week. That way you still work 80-hours every two weeks. A 4-10 makes the days longer still (10 hours instead of 8, but you only work four days a week).

Anyway, back to the article... in order to deal with shrinking budgets.... some schools are stretching the school day and giving kids an extra day off. On one hand, I'm offended that we still short-changing education to lead us to having to make these kinds of compromises.

On the other hand, I would have loved this when I was a kid, and some studies indicate that it may actually be beneficial for students. (However there are other studies that directly contradict this finding.)

Read more after the break...
Amplify’d from

Budget constraints have led the Irene-Wakonda school district, for one, to hack off a day from the school week. Larry Johnke, superintendant of the district in southeastern South Dakota, says the change will save his schools more than $50,000 per year. In order to make up for the missing day, the school will add 30 minutes to each of the other four days and shorten the daily lunch break.


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