Extending School Days

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The notion of spending more time in school is not “wildly popular”, but necessary." (A) When you compare the length of Japans school year to that of the United States it's evident that we're at huge disadvantage. It's crucial for the secretary of Education and for the government to extend the school year by either lengthening the school day, or shortening summer vacation in order for US students to score at the same range as other countries. Not only will it benefit the students, but it will benefit their parents as well by allowing them to have ample time to further their own education or to put in more hours at work When you ask a 1st place marathon runner how much time they spent training at the gym and compare it to the response from the runner who placed last, their responses will be in stark contrast from each other. The same concept applies towards the student who scores a 32 on the ACT compared with a student who scored a 22. It's no wonder why American students tend to have lower scores compared to other countries, such as Japan. Currently, the United States has the shortest school year with an average of 180 days while Japan, who is also in the lead has a whopping average of 243 per year. Now, some people may say that the 63 day difference is not much, but lets assume that both Japan and the United States have a regular seven hour school day, that's 441 more hours of education that Japan students receive than the students from the states. Or lets put it this way, there are 365 days in a year-considering it a regular year- that's 260 weekdays, give or take minus the 243 days of school that Japan students attend, that's only 17 days of break that they receive; compared to the US that has 80 non school days. That's 560 hours (assuming once again that they have 7 hour school days) that teens will have to themselves outside of school. The loss of learning that

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