So, I've been brooding on how the school systems use up so much land in the United States and how we keep having to build more due to population growth. I believe I may have come up with the basis for a solution. Note: This was all copy-pasted from my PM's in the Wiki Chat, where I discussed the idea with Jorge , so this isn't exactly going to be in neat paragraph-format. 

  • Instead of having all the students attend school at once, Have three 6.5-hours "shifts"
  • The first two, morning and afternoon, would be roughly the same size, and the night "shift" would be about 1/5 the size of the others
  • Paid night classes for those looking to get a GED, as well as driver's ed. This would help mitigate the costs of RUNNING the school system.
  • This way, you could have roughly twice as many students served by a single school of a given size, opening way for the possibility of smaller schools for a certain population size
  • Now, naturally, you'd have roughly even periods of time between each "shift" to get students in and out...
  • Due to the fact that classes would be spread through the day, you wouldn't have every damn teenager trying to get to or from school at the same time of day, which would help ease up traffic
  • Would be more environmentally-sound, since less land would be necessary to educate a population of a given size.

So, guys, what do you think of my idea? Now, I realise that the night "shift" would only be a practical availability to high school students (many of whom would be up at the time regardless), but the elementary and middle schools could be rented out at night to various community organisations, or they could be used for tutoring, perhaps including foreign language classess not normally offered, including something I and thousands of other geeks would be interested in learning: Japanese, or Korean, or, HELL, ANYTHING but bloody French, German, and Spanish, the only available foreign language classes in the damn Atlanta Metropolitan Area! Furthermore, the Education Unions would, needless to say, be pretty ticked about it, as is the case EVERY time you make any major change to the system, but, well, this is only, at this point, a hypothetical system, and I don't, at this point, have any plans to have it implemented.

Night school for HS students has been deemed to be too complicated an issue. Perhaps we could have it occur on a different campus, such as the ES or MS campus?

Potential issues: 

  • Staff issues would potentially arise as the need to hire more teachers for a single school occurs. However, keep in mind that, under the optimal conditions listed above, the school would be capable of handling over twice as many students as it would otherwise, so doubling the staff of a would be necessary for this capacity doubling. Regardless of which method one goes with, however, they're still going to have to hire more teachers.
  • Unsanitary conditions (may be mitigated through increase in custodial staff. Note: Custodial staff would have to be hired for buildings which would, through current system, have to be built more frequently, so, either way, sanitation costs would increase over time)
  • Could encourage development of nocturnal sleep schedules and, as a potential result, antisocial behaviours. However, the night classes would, optimally, be opt-in courses for those who have the desire to take them, and students enrolled in said classes should be reassigned to day classes should their mental health or grades suffer as a result of their night classes. Furthermore, as stated above, elementary- and middle-school students should NOT, under ANY circumstances, be allowed to take night classes unless given a doctor's approval, and, even then, their mental and physiological health should be monitored closely to minimise any potential harm to their long-term well-being.