Originally Posted by macro
Unless all schools and all workplaces also go to a four-day schedule, I would be opposed. The ten-hour day would be cutting two hours off the amount of time I can spend with my family each night. So-what if I'm off on Friday? They're in school or at work, so the time with them is not "made up" by being off on Fridays.
Furthermore, our house is a busy place on weeknights, with homework, dinner, baths, and everything else that needs doing. My wife and I do well to sit down for an hour each evening before bedtime. I can't imagine taking two hours away from our weeknight routine. Families spend too little time together as it is.
I think the four-day plan is fine for singles and couples without children, but I think it would put a strain on the family unit for those that have kids, unless everyone was on the same schedule.
I see your point and sympathize, but the issue boils down (usually) to this reality:
1. Loss of employment / Loss of money (via furloughs or pay cuts)
2. Switched scheduling
When the choice is presented in those terms, I think the 4/10 schedule is a far better option than many others. Longer workdays strain the family, but diminished financial resources likely strain the family just as much.
Your comment brings up a larger issue that society will continue to face, however -- the idea that we're going to have to accept, as a nation, that life is going to be different for our kids than it was for us. Just as the single-breadwinner household has largely gone the way of the dinosaur, so too will the soccer-mom / soccer-dad lifestyle. The days of parents having free time to commit their kids to things like sports practices, sports games, scouting, etc. are rapidly coming to an end.