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View Poll Results: Should Florida shorten school weeks to 4 days?
Yes. 7 17.95%
No. 31 79.49%
Maybe./Unsure./I don't know 1 2.56%
Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-23-2009, 04:15 PM
 
Location: somewhere in the south
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It sounds like a good idea to me, the children will be able to enjoy the same amount of schooling and more free time on the weekends.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/orl-asecfourday22022209feb22,0,2250980.story (broken link)
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Jersey Shore
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It sounds like a good idea to me, the children will be able to enjoy the same amount of schooling and more free time on the weekends.

Is a 4-day week in Florida public schools' future? -- OrlandoSentinel.com (http://www.orlandosentinel.com/orl-asecfourday22022209feb22,0,2250980.story - broken link)

No. I don't think its a good idea. What about the parents who work? What are they suppose to do with their child every Friday? The kids have a long enough day as it is.

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Old 02-23-2009, 06:37 PM
 
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No. For all the reasons listed above. It would place a burden on working families.
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Boston MA, by way of NYC
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I'm a little confused here. So, the idea is to make the school day longer to make up for the time you miss on friday. Okay, wouldn't the electricity be running the same amount of time considering the school would be open longer monday - thursday??? Aside from the lunch program and the buses, where are the real savings? At least saving significant enough to warrant the one day closure.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:01 PM
 
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No, Florida will be getting alot of bailout $$ which should be solving many issues, but you can never trust how they spend it. Parents will still have to find a way for someone to look after their kids for 1 full day.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:18 PM
 
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It seems like it is a four day week now.
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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I think they need to go back to the basics of education and cut out the fluff. I sit by a woman who commented on her child's photography class.
Reading, Writing, Arithmatic, Geography, Science, and Gym.
Get rid of the breakfast program all together unless the parents are willing to pay for it. My parents were dirt poor and they STILL fed us breakfast and we had no free lunch either.

Give me the budget and I bet we could still keep the sports!
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Old 02-24-2009, 06:55 AM
 
Location: western East Roman Empire
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No. I don't think its a good idea. What about the parents who work? What are they suppose to do with their child every Friday?
Have we not achieved food distribution?

How about we set aside an extra day a week where parents and children spend quality time together, in exchange for giving up useless consumption - too many examples to cite - instead of pressuring parents and children to slave and lust after a unit of account and means of exchange (by now increasingly meaningless with reckless monetary policy in the US) to acquire, to a large extent, what they do not need anyway.

Perhaps we need a new measure of GDP, for example, spending an extra day a week with family is worth 100 units of account, as opposed to buying - I don't know - another television, a round of golf, drinks with buddies, another blouse, the umpteenth insurance policy - which are worth, say, 10 units of account.

Value system, price mechanism, quality of life.

To be sure, there are constraints imposed by the natural laws of economics, but individuals and families have it within themselves to determine their own value system, but they are miserable because they let others do it for them, getting exactly what they deserve in the process, pi$$ poor education to begin with.
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Old 02-24-2009, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Miami
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What a problem this would be for parents that work. They would have to pay for and find day care for that day for younger children. And the older children that can stay home alone, goodness I can imagine what teenagers could do if they had a full day alone while the parents are at work. I bet if they do this there will be a rise in crimes committed by children already. If everything went to a 4 day work week fine. But to make schools a 4 day work week and not other job sectors 4 day work weeks too, we will have problems.

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It sounds like a good idea to me, the children will be able to enjoy the same amount of schooling and more free time on the weekends.

Is a 4-day week in Florida public schools' future? -- OrlandoSentinel.com (http://www.orlandosentinel.com/orl-asecfourday22022209feb22,0,2250980.story - broken link)
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:08 AM
 
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What a problem this would be for parents that work. They would have to pay for and find day care for that day for younger children. And the older children that can stay home alone, goodness I can imagine what teenagers could do if they had a full day alone while the parents are at work. I bet if they do this there will be a rise in crimes committed by children already. If everything went to a 4 day work week fine. But to make schools a 4 day work week and not other job sectors 4 day work weeks too, we will have problems.
They DO say that most property crimes happen between 3 and 5 PM, in that "inbetween" time when kids are off school, and parents are still at work.
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