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Would You Like to See State Lengthen School Day and Year in Manalapan?

Gov. Chris Christie proposed changes to school calendars in his State of the State address.

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By Linda Sadlouskos

Gov. Chris Christie's comments on the subject were short on details in his  State of the State address on Tuesday afternoon, but the intent was clear: the governor is in favor of lengthening both the school day and the school year.

Students in New Jersey are required to attend school 180 days a year, although some districts extend that and some charter also extend the school days or school years to help students catch up.

"Our school calendar is antiquated both educationally and culturally,’" Christie said. "Life in 2014 demands something more for our students. It is time to lengthen both the school day and the school year in New Jersey.

The move would boost competitiveness, Christie said.

With his proposal, Christie joins a national movement believing that more time in the classroom will yield better results for American students, who perform solidly average when compared to students in other industrialized countries. President Obama also has called for more classroom time for American students.

Do you think that the school day and/or school year should be lengthened in Manalapan and Englishtown? What might be the advantages or disadvantages? 

Please let us know in the comments section below.

Matthew Needelman January 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM
Students are learning a lot more than we did as children, yet school is the same requirements as we had. I definitely feel the day or the year should be extended, maybe not both. My niece is 5 and already learning 2's, 5's and 10's - we never had that in Kindergarten.
Manalaparent January 15, 2014 at 12:44 PM
I think the day should be longer, but homework should be less. The amount of homework these kids come home with is unreasonable. In 5th grade my son was coming home with over 2 hours of work, and that didn't include the 30 minutes of reading. By adding an hour to the school day, it yields slightly over 20 additional days of learning.
Manalapangirly January 15, 2014 at 01:38 PM
No, the school year should not be extended. It shouldn't be extended because that would take away time from doing homework and being able to spend time with family. Children already get out late and have to wake up early. Teachers give homework that needs to be done and getting out later would limit the time children have to do their homework. There would be many disadvanges to a longer school day and school year.
gjc January 15, 2014 at 02:10 PM
Bologna. Kids need more time in school to stay competitive. Add a half-hour daily and chop off 2-3 weeks in the summer and even get rid of all those dumb school breaks and half-days should do the trick. And if they get more homework, so what? What else are they going to do with all that time? More time on XBox or texting? Family time? What the heck is that? With the advent of electronic gadgets, no one including kids and their parents talk to each other any more let alone interact.
Manalaparent January 15, 2014 at 03:30 PM
More school time should mean LESS homework. How would things be different if the hour your kid spent on homework each night was instead added to the school day. No homework at all. Instead untrained parents trying to teach the material, the teachers would be doing it in school. Longer school day + less homework = Smarter and Happier children.
Stephanie Scrime January 16, 2014 at 07:55 AM
Extending the day and lengthening the school year would only help if the time was used wisely. Perhaps, time for help with homework, or tutoring specific needs would serve the children More time won't change anything if it is filled with more of the same. Schools are doing away with cursive writing because they claim there is no time to teach that skill. Suprisingly enough, in the past we all learned cursive, we can read, write and do math so where did our teachers get "the time" to give us all the skills we now possess? Time may not be the only problem in our schools.
Manalaparent January 16, 2014 at 09:01 AM
They don't have time for these things because now they start teaching Algebra, Geometry and more detailed Science in first grade. They forgot the old "Reading, Writing and Arithmetic". They have to prepare them to take college level course starting as Freshmen in high school. Crazy. And things are more advanced at lower grade levels because we no longer let the bright kids skip grades. Skipping grades put everyone on a level playing field. Now things are no longer level.
cynicinmarlboro January 16, 2014 at 09:03 AM
It's a good idea, but until the burden of school tax is lifted from us on the local level I am against it. Other states do not burden the local taxpayer on this level. So school funding needs to be totally reworked before anything on this moves forward. As for the additional expense, I still do not believe the gall of the NJEA to automatically request more money for their members for this. Many in the private sector make similar salaries, pay just as much (or more) into health care and work an entire year with just a few weeks of vacation. Some of us are actually on-call 24/7/365 and are happy with just being employed.
Curious George January 16, 2014 at 09:34 AM
I think Gov. Christie's format of his speech was carefully constructed when he outlined a long menu of what appeared to be very appealing ideas, including the potential extending of the school day. With almost every item he mentioned, he also said that many were bi-partisan ideas, intending to grease his image as a politician who can work with both sides of the aisle. However, he ended his speech by implying that the only way we can pay for all these grandiose plans is by cutting the hard earned pensions that are owed to retired state workers. Following his speech, the democratic leadership revealed that he vetoed many of those plans in the past or cut the funding for others...There's a difference between bi-partisan and two faced.

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