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The problem with this argument doesn’t take into account the children that we are educating. Students, especially young ones, are tired at the end of their day. They are difficult to teach after they have been working for 3–4 hours. They don’t need a longer day. I teach High School kids who lament the loss of nap time. They not only study one subject after another all day, but then they have extra-curricular activities and jobs to go to. Many aren’t home until 9PM, at which time they have to do homework. If we increase the school day, students won’t have time for anything but school. I doubt our country will stand for not having sports in the schools. As for me, I love what I do, but I don’t know how effective I could be in an 8-hour day. Think of it as doing presentations for that amount of time. I like the idea of going to school year-round, but I don’t see a school year of more than 180 days being approved because no one will want to pay for it. Aside from teacher salaries, there are lights and heat to pay for, as well as custodial services and more repairs for the extra wear-and-tear on the buildings and equipment. There would have to be more materials purchased to use in the extra time we would have for teaching. As for the requirement to pick up sick kids, that’s a necessary part of parenting. Plus, we don’t want to put the health of hundreds of kids at risk if we can avoid it. Also, sick kids aren’t learning anything anyway, because they can’t concentrate. As for snow days, there are many districts that have to travel back-country roads in buses to get our children to school. They aren’t transported in cars that have a lower center of gravity. Don’t you think we should err on the side of caution and keep them off the roads when it isn’t safe?

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