Thursday, December 28, 2006

Education: Four Day School Week

I have heard some educators propose going to a four day school week. Are they really serious about this? How much information can be retained in a given day? At what point does the brain become saturated with new material that it no longer processes or retains new information?

My guess is that after about six hours, the number of people who can still absorb new information declines rapidly with each additional hour. In addition, to classroom time, there is also homework and preparation for the next day’s class by reading the material in the textbook.

If you want lower test scores, support the four-day school week. If you want higher retention rates, I ask you stay on top of this issue and nip it in the bud the first time some school board member or educator proposes it.

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