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logandavidson98
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Emilirose
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Students recieving more hours of school

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Started: 9/16/2014 Category: Education
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logandavidson98

Pro

I believe that students would benefit from longer school days and with more time to be instructed. As a student myself I can see why there is much uproar against lengthening the school day however statistics show that in countries such as China and Japan where the school days are inherently longer averaging around 9-13 hours of time being instructed on school grounds during the week have showed benefit. According to wamu.org the United States education system is only 21st out of 26 among first world developed countries. Other schools such as China and Japan are higher on the educational scale with 96% graduation rates nationwide. Much of this achievement is due to the longer school days more focused on academics rather than social programs. However there is a good side to longer school days and social interactions and activities. In the other countries with longer school days many of them have more extensive clubs and sports activities that are sponsored by the schools providing for a more in-depth experience for students. If America were to model their education systems to other education systems that are statistically more effective it would be more beneficial for students to get a more enriching education.
Emilirose

Con

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The Case Against Extension of School Hours

The 6-7 hour period that pupils attend school in most parts of the world is adequate for children/teenagers to learn and retain the necessary information. Prolonging of classes would likely be counter-productive. Instead, more focus should be made on increasing the quality of education rather than the extension of hours.

The success of Japan and South Korea, for example, is not due to more school time but rather investment in education and stronger emphasis on technology.

The U.K generally comes up with top rank, coming in second place for Europe and sixth for the world. Other European countries such as Ireland, Sweden, Cyprus, Finland, Luxembourg, Germany, and Netherlands, are more examples that school hours do not have be lengthened in order to achieve good results.

The pressure on teachers is also something that would increase with longer schools hours, longer classes equate less preparation. Adding extra time also requires more funding and would prove expensive for the education system as a whole.

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Debate Round No. 1
logandavidson98

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Emilirose

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Debate Round No. 2
logandavidson98

Pro

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Emilirose

Con

I see you have not posted for round 2/3. I think I have outlined my argument which.

An emphasis of the main points again:

(1.) Tiredness and the possibility of poor concentration from students. One of the foremost purposes of school is for children to retain knowledge, lengthening school hours would be counter-productive to purpose.

(2.) Financial expense. Lengthened hours essentially mean more investment. Teachers would require increase in pay for more hours, and it's likely more would have to be employed. In addition more textbooks, more schooling necessities/so on would add to the cost.

As previously stated, the most important factor is the quality of education; this is where attention needs to be directed.
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