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Majorsco

Yes, not a good idea. It's another example of issues caused by problems in the NCR being imposed on the whole country instead if addressing the real causes.

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broden

if my kids school went to a 4 day week he would be going to a different school

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“With only four days in school, students and teachers have more time to spend with their families and loved ones,” he said.

 

...and help improve the traffic situation in Metro Manila,

 

They lost it...this country need help... :help:

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Brucewayne

If they wanted to address traffic problems, why couldn't they just set school schedules so the travel time doesn't coincide with heavy traffic hours?

I mean, let school start at 9:00am and end at 3:00pm, basically the same length of time, but safer travel time for the students.

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If they wanted to address traffic problems, why couldn't they just set school schedules so the travel time doesn't coincide with heavy traffic hours?

I mean, let school start at 9:00am and end at 3:00pm, basically the same length of time, but safer travel time for the students.

Oh sure...bring a logical solution into the fray...what are you trying to do????   OMG introducing "logic" to solve problems???  How dastardly of you...... :wheel:

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I understand the motivation for this shortened school week is to alleviate traffic problems. However, I don't know that a shortened week is such a bad idea.

 

In reality, the school days are longer here than many other countries. Supposedly, that would make for more contact time between the teachers and students. In fact, it does not as teachers are frequently out of the classroom leaving students to attend to various activities while the teacher takes care of whatever personal business they may have. Varies from class to class.

 

If the weeks were shortened, the side benefit of that would be to allow the staff and teachers to attend to their personal affairs on the extra day off.

 

During Yolanda classes were canceled for a week, five class days. To make up for this loss, our children are attending Saturday sessions. However, on Thursday and Friday of this week they spent both days preparing for and then having a valentines day "activity". No academic activities. So, by my count, of the six days spent at school this week, four were productive classroom days.

 

I don't think a four day week would work at all schools, but it should be considered as an option if it can still accommodate the academic needs of the student.

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Majorsco

Let Manila's problem stay in Manila.  If they want to change for Manila, fine.  Leave the rest of the kids alone.

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Brucewayne

 

 

In reality, the school days are longer here than many other countries. Supposedly, that would make for more contact time between the teachers and students. In fact, it does not as teachers are frequently out of the classroom leaving students to attend to various activities while the teacher takes care of whatever personal business they may have. Varies from class to class.

 

If they cut dancing, singing and watching cartoons out during school time, they wouldn't need more than a couple hours a day for studies.

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I don't think a four day week would work at all schools, but it should be considered as an option if it can still accommodate the academic needs of the student.
They can't do that with 5 days. 
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dancing, singing and watching cartoons

just preparing them for the real world

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Rocketman

"undoubtedly a scheme"

This says it all, it is a term used to describe dishonest plans by con men.

Took me a while to accept how this term is used here.  I 1st saw it on the SRRV Visa program.  They refer to a scheme as a normal plan or program.  But then, isn't everything really a scheme the way WE know it?!  LOL  I shake my head every day when I read the newspaper here!

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ed villas

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/02/15/1290558/4-day-school-week-proposed

 

Another sterling idea.....wasn't there a  movie about this???  I think it was called "dumb and dumber".

MANILA, Philippines - With traffic jams expected to worsen this year due to infrastructure construction,

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino is pushing for a four-day school week.

The scheme has long been practiced in several countries including the United States, Tolentino said.

He said the scheme, which he is proposing to the Department of Education (DepEd),

  has been effective in reducing traffic as well as the costs of energy and education.

Speaking at the end of the two-day Metro Manila Traffic Management Summit in Makati City, Tolentino said 21 US states have been implementing the shortened school week scheme since the 1930s.

Among these are Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky,

Montana, Nebraska and New Mexico, Tolentino said, citing data from the US National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL).

“This four-day school week program is not a new concept. In fact, it has been practiced since the 1930s, and became more common during the 1970 US energy crisis,” Tolentino said.

 
 

He said the shortened school week will not only help cut vehicular and pedestrian volume in major thoroughfares but also transportation and education costs.

“The solution is not perfect and has room for adjustment to fit in the Philippine school system. However, it is also undoubtedly a scheme that will redound to the benefit of the general public and help improve the traffic situation in Metro Manila,” Tolentino said in his letter to Education Secretary Armin Luistro.

“With only four days in school, students and teachers have more time to spend with their families and loved ones,” he said.

 

DepEd open to proposal

The DepEd, for its part, is open to the MMDA’s proposal for a four-day school week in all elementary and high schools.

The DepEd is set to create a task force to study the recommendation, officials said yesterday.

“We have yet to receive a formal proposal from the MMDA. As with all suggestions, this will first undergo study to determine its effect on education,” said Luistro.

He said he would meet with principals and superintendents to identify specific schools that would be affected.

“In formulating guidelines for this, we need to take into consideration the actual schools to be affected by the construction projects as well as the adjustments in the schedule of classes,” he said.

 

Public schools have a 200-day school calendar, 180 of which need to be spent in the classroom, Luistro said.

“It must also be noted that the school year is about to end, so any changes in class schedule for the affected areas will be implemented next school year,” he said.

“If implemented, we need to ensure that the quality of learning is not compromised,” he added.

But the Federation of Associations of Private Schools and Administrators (FAPSA) does not agree with the MMDA’s recommendation.

FAPSA president Eleazardo Kasilag said car pooling or introducing government transport buses is the best solution to lessen the number of cars on the road.

 

“That’s ridiculous. We need classes and pay what the typhoons take away,” he said. - With Helen Waite

 

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