My name is Benjamin Liu, and problems in our school environments have arisen that our education system cannot be justified and confirmed to stay as it is. The problem is that our educational system is falling dramatically based on the lack of money that the district can offer for teachers, and classroom sizes are expanding as well as the rumors budget cuts on educational and extra-curricular programs as well as one of our greatest fears as students; a brutal 4-day school week that would mean an educational slaughter from our minds. I would like to request the possibility of engaging and a campaign for the state to send school districts around the state of California and greater sum of money which will enable us to fund our programs and perhaps engage on rebuilding lost educational and school spirit programs, otherwise the increasing pressure on students to function their less educated minds with an unstable educational system will have all of the state and perhaps even the country pay fatally in the end for weakened and unstable education students for eager scholars like me. Here’s is what will happen with budget cuts which will fatally lead to a 4-day school week and how if the state does not take action quickly to strengthen our educational systems we will pay our consequences at the end. My name is Benjamin Liu and I am a 6th grader who attends Richard Henry Dana Middle School in the Arcadia Unified School District, and I will stop at nothing to fight for my education. Below is an article I have written on behalf of all the students of California:
Is a money-loss manifestation for the school districts really a legitimate reason to jeopardize our traditional and effective 5-day school week, thus our future generation's education? A school district in Pennsylvania has already fallen to establishing a 4-day school week due to budget cuts, but we cannot turn to this decision and we need to establish a central and effective educational system for our students, therefore, the 5-day school week should be a firm central system and it cannot be broken. If the educational systems fail and are reduced to only 4 days worth of instruction, the teachers and parents of the school community will experience immense inconvenience, and students will not be able to receive their educational opportunities and maintain their learning progression, thus leading lacks of productivity and a failed educated economy that awaits our future generations in the future.
A four-day school week will settle inconvenience for the parents of students who have to work all day to put bread on the table. Many students will go through the extra day with no supervision of adults and without the thought of safety. Teachers will not be able to ensure dependence on the already small sum of income they can manage from the district to make a good living. They will not be able to depend on the salary that they receive with now a day of instruction deducted from their salary. The 4-day school week will not only cause wasted opportunities and instruction of education for scholars, but will arouse a new set of problems for teachers, parents, and especially students.
While many are worrying about how teachers and parents of students in the school community will react from this dreadful news, none can be more affected than the students themselves, who may undergo many losses of opportunities, educational teachings, and also dark futures. With one day less in each school week, the school year will come from 162 days to a shocking 138 days of instruction to prepare students to master the same concepts they would have to maintain in 1/5 of the school year shorter. Students will have less time to embark on extra curricular activities that the school has to offer as well as educational instruction that will be lost in this school week transformation. Students will tend to slack off on academic achievements and the average of student education and testing scores will drop enormously. This factor will come to affect not only the students' futures, but the economy, as many may not know it. Few will thrive in the large world and few will find complex and well paying jobs, because they did not master and maintain the educational concepts required in their scholarly life. The students more than ever will be greatly affected. Their life depends on the systematic 5-day school week routine.
Lastly, loss of education and opportunities cannot be the only factors of a 4-day school week. Productivity lessons and character traits as well as social interaction also apply in this matter. With an extra day that students will most likely waste with constant playing of video games and unproductive time spending, their future habits of productivity will drop dramatically and likely as well as their social interaction and character traits with others. With social isolation for an extra day of the school week at home, students will lack socially interacting with others and expressing lessons of morality and well influenced character traits. Their productivity level will expensively decrease with less homework and extracurricular activities. They will not be able to maintain their usual working habits with an extra day without homework. The future will be a sinister opaque for them, if they cannot endure and adapt the specific working job requirements of constant productivity and working. If they learn to take education easily and fail to accomplish learning concepts and working habits, they will pay fatally in the end.
A new 4-day school week will nourish a new set of inconvenience, lower student efficiency and attention, and wash away many educational opportunities. In the long run, students will fail to obtain their school concepts and fail to perform their future jobs efficiently, thus affecting the economy by lowering the balanced rate of experienced and well-educated workers. Teachers will not be able to become dependent on their salary now with one day's worth of money lost, if a four-day school week arouses. Standards and productivity will lower immensely and eventually everything in the educational system will be disarrayed and scattered into unsuccessful failure if the four-day school week passes. We must maintain our effective 5-day school week, or we will pay for many educational casualties and failures in the future.
I would like to propose respectfully for the state to provide the school districts with more money to build educational base programs and ensure that we, the students will be mindfully and rightfully educated for our future generations. I know that if this passes, scholars can look forward to a bright future with their renewed and ensured education. Thank you for your consideration.