Locally, our District is finding there's often just simply not enough time in the school day to give kids all the stuff we want them to have- academics, "specials" art, music, handwriting, keyboarding, and more, let alone extra time for block scheduling and recess! There are always concerns about making sure there's adequate time for after school activities as well, plus home life, homework, and more. One of the "simple" answers would to be consider extending the academic day or extended the school year.
In many other countries, a longer school year and longer school day is more of the norm than it is in the US.
What do you think? Is an extended school day or school year a good idea? Is it feasible? What would have to happen to make it work? Would it help working families by reducing daycare/after care expenses while increasing learning? Would it simply burn teachers and kids out?