Parent-teacher interviews, swimming carnivals and sporting gala days… working around your child’s school activities and your own work responsbilities can be like playing a game of Tetris: sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
It is for this reason that researchers from the Center for American Progress in the US conducted an in-depth investigation, titled Workin’ 9 to 5: How School Schedules Make Life Harder for Working Parents, into how schools across America are operating and how this effects the families of the children attending said schools.
The study proclaims: “Less-than-full-time school schedules—schedules that do not mirror the 9-to-5 workday – also place an especially heavy burden on low-income families.”
In particular, the authors of this study suggest that low-income earners will most benefit from the 9-5 school-day way.
“Low-income families are less likely to have flexible jobs and more likely to have jobs with fewer benefits, which means they have a harder time juggling work-life priorities.”
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Consequentially, these researchers are prompting swift social change: “Schools were created for the community, and it is the school’s responsibility to be aware of what does and does not work for students and their families.”
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