Four day school week: Good idea?

by Steve Wyckoff on March 2, 2010

I had the pleasure last week of listening to Randy Rivers, superintendent at  Bluestem school district, and Jerry Cullan, currently superintendent at Medicine Lodge but formerly Superintendent at the Ashland school district. While superintendent at Ashland Jerry implemented and managed a four-day school week for six years. Randy, has led his district to the decision to implement a four-day school week beginning in the 2010-2011 school year. Randy and Jerry, facilitated by Deb Haneke, engaged in an hour-long discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of a four-day school week.

To be honest going into the discussion I believed that schools went to the four-day week for the sole purpose of saving money. I’d never considered the educational advantages that might be experienced in a four-day school week. But I have to admit that after listening to Randy and Jerry I believe  that there may be many valid educational reasons for switching to a four-day school week.

However, the barrier of tradition is an unbelievably high hill to climb. There are many high-ranking educational officials who oppose the four-day school week simply because it’s not what we’ve always done. If you are interested you can watch the entire discussion at  Crisis In The classroom. You can also watch two podcasts with Deb Haneke and Clint Corby who are discussing the same subject. Clint is the superintendent in the Haviland school district which is also on a four-day workweek. –  Steve Wyckoff

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