California Senator and presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, has come up with yet another radical proposal that would not be good for Americans—but this time it would affect school children. Senator Harris has a proposal called “The Family Friendly Schools Act,” which would extend the school day from seven hours to ten hours. Although this would only apply to public schools and not private schools, it would eventually have a negative effect on private schools as well.
The Idea And Negative Effects On After School Activities
The idea behind this proposal is that having students in school for ten hours a day will give parents enough time to drop off their kids in the morning and not have to worry about after school care while parents are at work. The issue with this is it will push back times for extra curricular activities, especially basketball, baseball, and football games. Football fields at most schools have lights so that will not be an issue, but most baseball fields do not have lights, which will be problematic no matter what time of year it is. The other issue will be late nights for parents of students involved in extracurriculars, with students possibly not arriving home until eleven at night or even later than that.
Effects On Private Schools
Although this proposal will only require public schools to extend their hours, it will hurt private schools too. Private schools and public schools often play each other in sports, so this would affect private school families and althetes as well.
They would also have to face the late nights in extracurricular activities but would have to face a potential five hour break between the end of the school day and a game. Although they would not have this issue playing against other private schools, they would have to worry about that issue when a public school opponent is on the schedule.
Effects On Students And Staff
Not only would this force students into a longer day but it would force teachers and other school staff into a long day, too. Students in elementary, junior high, and high school do not want to be in class for ten hours a day. Overloading them on information in class will not improve their test scores.
Teachers already spend a lot of time in their classrooms, whether there are students there or not. Pushing that up from nine hours each school day to twelve hours will exhaust them. Most teachers already feel under compensated, so this proposal will likely not gain favor with teachers unless they are paid more. Other staff like custodians, coaches, athletic directors, and possibly kitchen staff will also have to stay longer due to the longer days.
This proposal by Senator Harris is just another example of government overreach that would hurt students, schools, their staff, and parents. It will make for longer days, shorter nights, and negative impacts on student performance. Students already have a lot they have to do for school whether or not they are involved in extracurricular activities. Adding more time to the school day will just cause extreme overload.
The school day should be left alone so students and parents do not feel the burden of students being at a school for at least ten hours a day.
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