An education expert has warned the school week could be cut to three days in the future.
In 20 or 30 years “school won’t be an everyday affair” says Deakin University associate professor of digital learning, Tom Apperley.
“As state-funded schools continue to grow, they might only offer a student three or four days a week. Or they might just go to offering half-days and shifts for students,” he told The Herald Sun journalist Monique Hore.
“Digital infrastructure will take the pressure off our physical infrastructure,” he added.
But some parents say it would be a nightmare to manage.
Sydney mother, Kate Strang, says it’s “throwing out the baby with the bathwater”.
“Not everything has to be reinvented. It might work for older students – upper secondary and tertiary – who are better able to work in self-directed conditions, but I don’t believe it is appropriate for primary,” she told Mamamia.
Podcast:The case for moving school lunch times.(post continues below)
Strang has a son about to start kindergarten and another son in Year 2, she runs a playgroup and is President of St Peters Public School P&C.
The mum of two says digital learning at home would put pressure on parents to direct the online component of their learning and it would be a disadvantage for some.
“Not everyone can do this. Not everyone is online or even has computers or devices in the home,” she said.
“Not everyone has access to broadband. We have kids at our school who can barely afford shoes, let alone technology. Then there are kids in the bush, where I’m from, who have very slow internet – if any,” she said.