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Reader Feedback: Should School Day/Year be Lengthened?

Lindenhurst Patch readers offer their thoughts on the idea discussed by the governor in his State of the State address.

In his State of the State address on Wednesday in Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussed the possibility of extending the school day and/or the school year to help better educate students. Cuomo proposed a competitive grant program for schools that develop initiatives to improve student achievement that would include extending learning time by at least 25 percent.

We asked our Facebook fans if they felt that extending the school day/school year would be a benefit to students. Below are a few of the many responses Lindenhurst Patch received (add your own thoughts on the topic in the comments section below this article). 

Aimee Allison: I don't have a problem with extending the school year and think the students would retain more if they had shorter breaks distributed throughout the year. However, most buildings on Long Island have no air conditioning, which poses a problem for both students and teachers. I hope that all parties who are looking into extending the school year into summer months are keeping in mind the expense to bring proper air conditioning and ventilation to our school buildings.

• Ilene Meister:  No, I don't think that school should be extended. This would cut into summer enrichment programs and camp programs. Also, there are many teachers that take the summer off, while many of us teach in summer enrichment programs already. Another problem is the students attention. For students who didn't absorb the material in 10 months, they're not going to absorb it in six or eight weeks.

Michelle Greenberg Bornemann: I feel that anybody who works f/t would be thrilled. They would have less camp or sitter service to pay for. Working in the schools I know the truth. Kids, teachers, aides, etc. are burnt out and have had enough by late May early June. There is no (air conditioning) in our schools and that makes it even worse. The State is full of it, because every year we find out the last minute what the schools will NOT be getting in state aid. And how will the extra hours of teaching and now security be paid? Just ridiculous, but unfortunately, common sense and NYS the past five or six years have not gone hand in hand. Especially when it comes to our children's schooling. So sad.

Debbie Parthe-Baron: We should ABSOLUTELY extend both! 9 to 3:30, with lunch, recess, specialty class, pack up? All the weeks off? Come on, of course they should be extended, so China stops laughing at us.

Rebecca January 13, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Way to squeeze the middle class Cuomo! You have to collect more taxes to do this and then you will be asking many of those tax payers to work extended hours without getting financially compensated? Education goes beyond the classroom and testing, there are societal issues that need to be addressed in order to better our communities. More testing, extended hours, and squeezing teachers will create a recipe for disaster. You are acting way too quickly without considering the good of all of the people involved.
Outside looking in January 14, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Could be a good idea but I'm sure teacher's union won't let it happen. Let's see how many students and teachers, for that matter, actually show up this year during the February break that was taken away because of Sandy. And for those teachers that do show up, how many will actually teach?
LinednhurstSucks January 15, 2013 at 01:16 AM
This is sad. I can barely get up in the morning to go to our "lovely" Middle School. (sarcasm) I just can't stand going there. The staff is almost non-existent, the students (in a lot of cases) are out of control and no one commits to their job the way they should. The teachers have that sort of "whatever" approach to their job and there is absolutely no point in them teaching us what they are. I really don't know how knowing different kinds of atoms will help me in life. I understand if I wanted to learn the atoms. Now before you grown ups criticize me, ask yourself, how many times in life did you use atoms? Just don't tell me that they are everywhere, therefore I use them all the time. Technically that is correct but look at it from a different perspective. Look at it from a normal persons perspective. In my opinion English and Math are the most important subjects in school. Computers, Social Studies, Science and Technology should be subjects that you can choose. Social Studies in 8th grade is a joke. It is the third... THIRD year I am learning the same thing... How America came to be and how everything developed the way it did and why. The American public school system is a joke once we compare it to well developed European countries. I lived in England for three years and there is no comparison... Maybe it is just Lindenhurst... I don't know quite frankly... I hope it's not like that everywhere... But then again maybe it is the whole country :O
Kristin B. January 29, 2013 at 03:08 PM
This is such a sad proposition. Kids can barely absorb he material throughout the 10 months as it is. Plus, some kids suffer from depression from being bullied. You really think that you should extend school when the kids being bullied barel want to go as it is. Yeah, sure, you'd increase the education rate, but what about the amount of sleep kids will get, how tired they'll be on the weekends, and how much energy they'll have left to learn the next day. Kids will gain weight because they'll eat and sleep more on the weekends to regain energy! Not to mention, if ou extend school das, some kids will be so pissed off, they probably won't show. You're already limiting the use of guns and upsetting most adults, now you want to anger kids? Do it and see how many more rallies and protests show up.
Kristin B. January 29, 2013 at 03:11 PM
And by you, I mean Cuomo. My apologies for bad grammar.

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