"State schools should operate 10-hour days" The latest notion to come from the lips of one Michael Gove, and rest within the ears of teachers and students alike. Gove seems to be digging himself an ever increasing deep hole in the eyes of those currently in education. Both teachers and students squirm at night, amidst their ever growing papers and mocks, repeatedly begging: "why? Why? WHY?!" The answer is simple: in the eyes of Michael Gove, school is too easy.
These days students endure six hours a day coupled with extra homework, revision, after school sessions, extra-curricular activities (because Universities are exceedingly in need of such activity) already, there's all of this weighing on the minds of hundreds of children across the country. However, Mr Gove's reasoning for such lengthening of the school day is to "allow time for structured homework sessions, which will be particularly helpful for those children who come from homes where it's difficult to secure the peace and quiet necessary for hard study."[Sky News] in fairness, it all appears reasonable and even understandably necessary; the extra time would indeed be helpful. As a sixth form student, I'm constantly a victim of time and would welcome, with outstretched arms, the opportunity for more time in the school day. The idea of having more time actively working and less time contemplating over the work strangely excites me (you can tell it's exam season) Nevertheless, it can't be denied that extra hours would have a devastating effect on the students of the UK, so we asked the pupils of Rushcliffe School what they thought of school being too easy.