It is a terrible idea for most young children. Did someone forget that 10,11, 12, 13, 14 should still be playing on the playground, not trying to be mini adults with adult expectations to meet? Who made this up? I bet they wouldn't send their kid to public school for that many hours a day. My 6th grader has learning disabilities, anxiety and is borderline Asperger's. He barley makes it through the day in one piece. He is so exhausted. Kids need time to play outside and they need down time to be their with families. My son is up at 6 and asleep by 7:30. Coming home at 3 he has enough time to play outside, shower, eat a relaxed dinner, do up to an hour of homework and then up to an hour of review and studying for tests and still have time to play video games or watch TV for half an hour and read for 20-40 minutes. If he came home two and half hours later he would be fried. Homework would never happen. He would eat dinner, shower and fall asleep reading. A longer day does not leave room for kids to have down time and just be kids. Most kids need that. Of course my children have the benefit of a mom that is home and schedules play and down time as if it were the real work of a child. I would be in favor of a longer school year. As a single income family it is a huge expense in the summer to hire a tutor so he does not regress or fall farther behind. If the summer were shorter I could spend the tutor money on fun recreation like robotics or farm camp, going to museums. My younger son, who is an A student would not like a longer day but he would love a shorter summer. he loves school and by August 1 is counting the days to get back to it. I will be watching to see how this turns out for those kids who have an IEP in general ed and need AIS for reading and math because they are not on grade level due to learning disabilities. I also think it is a huge burden for the teachers. That is a lot of hours to prepare for and a lot of time spent away from their own children.