A Monday-Friday workweek is so commonplace that it has created a culture of its own. #TGIF, Hump Day, Garfield’s animosity toward Mondays–the list goes on. But what about people for whom it’s not the reality?
As members of my PLN stretch around the globe, I’ve become more familiar with people posting back-to-school Tweets in January, or starting school each week on Sundays. But recently, these differences have intrigued me enough to do some research.
For example, did you know that almost a third of countries listed on Wikipedia do not use the Monday-Friday workweek?
Stats calculated from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workweek_and_weekend
I had a great time pondering the questions this simple concept elicited for me–I can only imagine where this would take students.
Provocation questions for students:
- Why do some people start school on Saturdays or Sundays instead of Mondays?
- Why do some countries have 6 day work weeks, while others have 5 day work weeks?
- What is the history of the workweek and weekend? How have these concepts changed over time?
- Why does Brunei Darussalam have the unique workweek of Monday-Thursday and Saturday?
- What patterns do you see among countries with the same workweek?
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