It is an undeniable fact that training someone to do a better job is a great thing but in the case of PD days things can go too far. PD days give teachers time to interact with each other to improve their own teaching methods and to give advice to others. These days are also used to teach all of the teacherâs classes to improve all of their abilities.
The only problem with these days is that they are always on school days. As a child I would celebrate a day when I didnât have to go to school and could spend the day lazing around the house. Now these days are a worry and always seem to fall around dates when we are learning something extremely important. The fact that more of these days are being added just runs more of a risk of not learning something or learning it incorrectly. These PD days are also sometimes used to correct something that a teacher may agree is wrong in the curriculum and decide on a way to better teach it.
These PD days are considered a problem because of the days taken away from students and it is in fact a problem with few solutions. Fewer PD days would mean more time for the students to learn but it would also cause the teachers to not be able to share as much knowledge. More PD days would mean teachers would be able to teach more efficiently at the cost of fewer school days or lengthening the school year. A third solution would be to have the teachers go in for a PD day once a month on a Saturday that way there is no missed school days and the teachers still learn what they would normally learn.