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Are you for or against a four-day school week?

Monday, August 4, 2008
Last night on our local news station in New Hampshire, I learned that one school district is considering a four-day school week during the winter to save on heating costs.

After doing some research, I learned that a school in Minnesota, Nevada, Virginia...are all considering a four-day school week or have already migrated to one. More research also showed that some companies across the country have adopted a new four-day work week to help employees save on gas and energy costs.

It is interesting to see this bright spot emerging from the despair of paying more at the pumps. Personally, my husband and I are worried about how we will afford to fill the oil tank this winter. We purchased a small electric fireplace last year, which heated one level of our house. Our thinking was that we would buy one more this year for the downstairs level and use the electric heat more then oil. Who would have guessed that some day electric would be cheaper than oil! Although now I am hearing that the price of electricity, at least in NH, went up on July 1st.

It can be hard to see past the potential financial hardship many people will feel this winter, but I am optimistic about how this situation is changing the family dynamic.

According to Wikipedia, the weekend has begun to fade in importance in recent years. Many people work a five day work week because the hardware costs outweigh human costs, and the competitiveness of the modern economy means that leaving a factory idle or an office unmanned for two days is too great of an expense. Thus many workers regularly work during weekends.
I hope that Wikipedia will have to amend their definition of the "work week" very soon.

I am fortunate enough to have the flexibility to change my schedule to a four-day work week if our school district makes the change, but there are many people who will struggle with this. Primarily because many employers still seem to be slow to adopt this change. However, if schools make the shift, companies and organizations will have no choice but to follow.

Change is coming and change is good. What do you think? Are you for or against a four-day school week?