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Looking at the Pros and Cons of Year Round Education

By October 1, 2009

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In 2009, President Obama stated that he felt students should stay in school longer, bringing up yet again the debate around year round education. Advocates of year-round education claim numerous benefits. For one thing, they believe that less information will be lost over a long summer break. Further, increased opportunities for remediation and easier times scheduling vacations can result from year-round education systems. On the other hands, opponents highlight that no study has conclusively proved that year-round education is better. In addition, some programs such as band and sports can be hurt by this system. Therefore, more studies need to be completed to better determine the overall effect of such a system.


February 20, 2008 at 10:04 pm
(1) Jessica brown says:

hi, i’m only a sith grader in louisianna but i think we should have year round schooling in louisianna lik in slidell and new orleans

November 13, 2008 at 2:33 pm
(2) Akm says:

NO!!! im an 8th grader doing research 4 a school project and i totally am against year-round schooling!

January 14, 2009 at 8:04 pm
(3) Peter says:

I am a seventh grader from Chicago doing reaserch on this and it looks like an easy change that would make our lives easier.

January 22, 2009 at 9:47 am
(4) baylea says:

i think that the school boards should just leave it the way it is because kids need a break and the world doesnt revolve around SCHOOL!! and kids need a life out of school!!

January 24, 2009 at 5:48 pm
(5) Alexis says:

i am a sixth grader in SC and im totally for year round education i mean you get more freedom and you dont forget that much during the three weeks of un the 45-15 plan i want to be in a school that follows that plan. Also im doing a project and i have to be and before this project i didnt even know such thing existed LOVE LEXIS luve and live ur life

February 12, 2009 at 10:52 am
(6) Alyssa says:

Hi im alyssa from New Jersey. I like the idea of yearround schooling because its the same 180 days of school with longer breaks.

March 13, 2009 at 8:35 am
(7) Hanah says:

i think that our nationally ranked school should switch to year around school for the benefit of the students. It would not only increase our learning but its a way to keep those who make bad choices over the summer from doing those.

March 20, 2009 at 1:31 pm
(8) dave says:

i dont like us having or thinking about having year round school because its dumb and stupid and i dont like the goverment thinking asbout that idea. It would be a stinky idea because it is a @#%@^^$#@

May 10, 2009 at 4:35 pm
(9) karen says:

i attended a year round school for 4 years and from my point of view it was not a good system. we had less days in a semester than regular schools with traditional calenders, hence, our teachers had to cram up work in one week in order cover up everything in the semester. the days were also longer in order to recover the time we miss out on if we had regular traditinal school days. and dont get me started it on the tracks that had two months vacations between semesters…they had to relearn everything they had learn before..and when it came to holidays..they had to go to school the next day after new years. the 2nd!!! compare that to traditional schools who get another week or two after new years before going back to school

May 22, 2009 at 2:37 pm
(10) Sierra says:

im a 10th grader, and live in Idaho. im totally against year round schooling! i just think that it would be to hard to change to a different schedule like that all a sudden… plus id miss summer break :(

May 22, 2009 at 2:44 pm
(11) Sierra says:

the worst part is that i have to do a debate on it… one thing though that i kinda would like about it is that if you go year round, then you dont really have the opportunity to lose and forget all the information that you learned the previous year. study’s say that the students mind average/thinking in class is better if you do year round then taking the long break inbetween, and actually the students on which ever calender school year type your doing you actually go about the same amount of days to school then on our regular schedule right now; it doesnt cause you to have a shorter break… OMG did i just say all that!?!

July 29, 2009 at 9:03 am
(12) bonbon says:

Judging from the poor grammer in the majority of these posts, I’d say that our children need to stay in school full-time

September 24, 2009 at 11:01 am
(13) Another kid says:

School year-round may be stressful but the ending result is better. ME LIKE SCHOOL!!!!

September 25, 2009 at 12:31 pm
(14) nobody says:

im doing research for a debate in my gifted and talented class. even though im argueing FOR year round schooling, i have to admit that the idea of no summer vacation is a little scary. throughout the school year kids look forward to summer break. it would be a difficult switch…

October 5, 2009 at 8:20 am
(15) KC says:

CALM DOWN! LOL You will get breaks. And breaks will be in the summer too. The breaks are broken down and at different times of the year. You still will get the same amount of time outs just like the traditional schools. Kid here in NC love it. They don’t get bored because of a 3 month stretch of no school for the summer. The children here participate in summer camps and other camps called Track Out Camps too. You will still have much fun and learn lots. Go to http://www.wcpss.net to get a better idea. Thank You.

October 5, 2009 at 11:19 am
(16) Teacher says:

Isn’t the problem, or the idea to get rid of all the extra breaks? Because if we’re not getting rid of the all the breaks then what’s the point? The on again/off again mess of track schools are a pain! Might as well leave things the way they are, eh?

As a teacher? I’m not for it.

October 5, 2009 at 12:51 pm
(17) Another teacher says:

I agree with a previous comment about the poor grammar/spelling AND poor arguements against year-round school – since when did “stupid” and “dumb” and cussing become intelligent reasoning that any person in charge would respond well to? I am neither a die-hard promoter nor speaking against, because I can see the benefits – for both sides. A break of even 3 weeks is not so detrimental academically and still plenty of time to feel “free”, kids! Perhaps society, as well, will see the teaching profession as a “year-round career” finally, and pay all techers salaries more commensurate with the work done and level of education required to do it! The goal of school is to become educated so we can get all that we want out of life, so why not try the things that supposedly help that along? If students could gain more from school and feel more successful, they would naturally feel better about being there – it’s a win-win. Think about it! :)

October 7, 2009 at 11:13 am
(18) Sharon says:

I agree with “Another teacher.” It seems that most of the students that posted on this blog need to go to school year round. It seems what they are learning at the moment has made little progress on their vocabulary skills and their ability to answer a debate question with logic.

I feel that “Summer Vacation” should be investigated for historical value. Why it was put into practice and then do any of those that are against it, fall into the critia for the “Summer Vacation.”

I am a student, albeit I am 61 yrs old, I go to school year round. I feel that continuing semester after semester only promotes my learning and helps me not forget what I have learned in prior classes. I go on vacations because I need the break as do the teachers and Professors, as well as the office staff. My grandchildren uses to be on a traditional school year, but have now been put on a year round school year. Their grades have improved and they have not had to waste time with reviewing what they had learned the year before.

If our future learders are to be players in the global arena, they need to take lessons from the global education of those countries that see schooling as springboards to empowerment with other world powers.

I am for year round schooling.

October 7, 2009 at 3:25 pm
(19) College Student says:

Instead of changing schools to a year round system, why don’t we change the rest of our industries to match the traditional school system? Everyone now gets a summer break. Everyone. TV producers, resaurants, police, fire fighters, sanitation workers, manufacturers, doctors, nurses, hotel staff, farmers, construction workers, everyone. North America would be “work free” for the best three months of the year. It would be fantastic, wouldn’t it?

October 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm
(20) 7th grader says:

im doing a project about this topic and am against it but on my paper i have to write for it. i have seen both sides of the story and even though year round schooling has some good points i still disagree with it. i mean really we have been doing this for decades why change. kids look forward to their long summer break and their holliday breaks. short frequent breaks will just cause the year to go slow and teachers wont be able to stay on a subject for a longer time if needed cause of the breaks. so plese live it the way its been working.

October 8, 2009 at 1:50 pm
(21) lyle says:

I believe year round schooling is wrong it could dangerously affect our economy in many towns that rely on summer vaction. Also many camps and summer progams would be forced to shut down. Write a comment if you agree.

October 10, 2009 at 5:19 pm
(22) PJ says:

I think year round school would negatively effect students who do not fit into a traditional school model. The students who rely on camps and extracurricular activities in order to find areas that they excel at. With the plethora of cuts being made to extra curricular activities and electives, the students who find their identity in these non-traditional activities are losing out.

October 11, 2009 at 2:22 pm
(23) Teacher World says:

I am a teacher in Ohio, and I agree that we do spend a lot of time at the beginning of the year reviewing concepts children have forgotten and need before we can move on to new information. This is a powerful argument for year-round school. The problem is paying for year-round schools. Who is paying for the renovations to our buildings which do not have air conditioning? There is no way that students or teachers could work in our hot classrooms during the summer. Who is paying for the increase in salaries for teacher and support staff if we are going beyond our contracted 180 days? Who is footing the bill? Certainly not already-hurting school districts which are struggling to pass even renewal levies in this crippled economy! So who is footing the bill?

October 13, 2009 at 9:43 am
(24) Chelsey says:

I dont think we should have year round schooling because then we wouldnt have any free time to hang out wit our family or friends summer is like the only time i get to visit my other family that lives outta state and if they take away summer then i would never get to see them because now they have changed how many days you can miss so no year round schooling isnt good i think we have enough school now we should have longer holidays and more breaks not year round school

October 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm
(25) A ninth grader says:

This is coming from a ninth graders perspective.
I disagree.
When we finish a grade summer break is like the reward. We celebrate when we go on summer break congratulating our selves for another grade finished. Besides there’s always summer school for those who didn’t get the learning that was required. There are also other company s that abide by this system. Summer camps would be force to shut down. A lot of things open only in the summer because they know kids are out of school and adults can take vacations and still get the benefit of working we cant. Cruise ships and other things would have to stop. There are also duel family’s who see each other over they summer.
If anything we should make the CR CT and SAT testing harder so kids would have to study more. Parents never did year round schooling so they don’t have to experience it. Parents don’t mind as much because they don’t have to participate.
I strongly disagree with this idea.

October 22, 2009 at 11:28 am
(26) Just another view says:

Im a twelth grade student in ohio and from some of the above comments year round education might be exactly what needs to be done. There are many pros and cons to year round schooling. Shorter summer break will make it easier for students to remember things they traditionally forget. For those who hear “year round schooling” and think right away of the loss of summer be assured we still have a summer break it is simply thirty days instead of sixty. We do not even lose the other thirty days because it is divided thruout the school year. Something that should be kept in mind is that no matter what system a school uses, what matters most are the staff of the schools and the willingness of each indivisual student to learn.

October 26, 2009 at 7:34 pm
(27) somebody with a valid opinion says:

I think year-round schooling would be a good idea because stats show that teachers spend an average of 6-8 weeks reteaching at the beginning of the year

October 31, 2009 at 10:37 am
(28) Lisa Baker says:

I’m a 41 year old college student. I’m writting a paper on YRS. I think we as Americans are missing the biggest picture of all when it comes to year round schooling. I’m a single mother of four and it surprises me that no one is looking at the positive effects it will have on daycare issues. Issues it may help is our countries welfare asst: programs(both parents won’t have the excuse,I can’t work because we have kids to take care of. If Obama really wanted to put his money where his mouth is then he would see this as not only a step in the right direction for our economy, but he would also see it as solution to the greatest loss America is facing–our teachers.

November 3, 2009 at 2:59 pm
(29) Brandon says:

Ohhh NOOO!!! I Am A 7th Grader From Seattle And Im Doing Research For A Debate And I Think We Should NOT Have Year Round Schools!!

November 5, 2009 at 11:12 am
(30) Annaliza Alvarado says:

i think year around school would not be to good for us students. i mean iam in 10th right now i can be in 12th grade a year or 2 befor i have to i mean its not going to make students stay in school just cause its a year around school.

November 5, 2009 at 2:55 pm
(31) sarah says:

im 14 and in 8th grade i think year round schooling is HORRIBLE nobody should have it ughh

November 14, 2009 at 5:39 pm
(32) Toshimi1043 says:

It depends on the schedule. Many year-round schools have a 45-15 plan, meaning that after every 45 days (9 weeks) of school, students have 15 days (3 weeks) off. So it depends on whether you want your breaks to be fewer and longer, or shorter and more often. (I’m a college junior who remembers her days of wishing for Winter Break to come faster.)

November 19, 2009 at 8:50 am
(33) girl says:

I don’t think that year round schooling is a good idea

December 5, 2009 at 4:29 pm
(34) kaylakhaos says:

Alrite, well I am a debater, so here is what I have to say agianst the thought of year round school.
The maintenance of school premises is to much for janitors to handle, since us kids are in school all year long. The utility bills will increase, since electricity, air conditioning and heating need maintenance when the school is in session. There are chances of increase in the budget as well, because the management needs to spend more on the purchase and preparation of food for breakfast and lunch in the school. Since there is no ground for long summer breaks in this system, the useful summer programs, such as youth camps, are at risk. Moreover, the possibility of students getting employed for part-time jobs during the vacations is virtually impossible. Since year-round education involves track scheduling system, teachers would have to perform four beginning-of-the-year reviews, instead of one. Parents with two children one following the traditional school year system and the other studying according to the year-round education system – will find it a bit difficult to co-ordinate their vacations. This system may prove highly intimidating for teachers, who would have to pack up everything in their class at the end of nine weeks and set it up all over again, three weeks later. And, where are the schools going to get the funding? The federal government is in debt up to their ears. The economy is going through a slow and steady increase as we speak. And if we do anything to make this unstable, the economy will collapse. And if the economy collaspses, we will all be in poverty. HA THINK ABOUT THAT :)

December 5, 2009 at 7:38 pm
(35) Jane says:

In response to comment # 28, College Student. This person argued for changing the rest of the US to the educational schedule. Thus giving doctors leave for a month, as well as fire fighters, nurses, dentists, the dog shop.

The reason I disagree with this idea is because, that would affect everyone else on a much wider scale than students and teachers. And if the doctors had off for 3 months, what is a patient going to do if he is sick? There are no doctors because they are all on vacation. When you call 911, no one will be there to answer because the operators are on summer vacation. Fires will continue burning with no one to put it out, because the firefighters are on vacation.

December 7, 2009 at 4:36 pm
(36) kimberly says:

im a seventh grader and i am against tha we have school all sesion year around!!!!!!!!!

December 13, 2009 at 6:48 pm
(37) Tony Wright says:

I think year round school is dumb. I wouldn’t be able to ride my dirt bike, four wheeler, go on vacation to Florida with my parents or have my job. I think the people who thought this up just wanted another way to keep kids from having any freedom or fun. If it was them having to have year round school when they were growing up I bet they would have said no too. Now they’re old and want us out of the way. I like the way it is. Leave it!

January 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm
(38) Teacher in Texas says:

well, first of all…… the students who are doing well with traditional schooling will do well with year-round schooling. The kids who struggle retaining information, would struggle either way. Kids who want to learn, are learning! I have students in my class that could be in school 24 hours a day and because they hate school, they don’t learn. When I was in high school, I did not care one bit about learning. Once I decided to attend college, I had to take fifty steps back and re-learn many basic concepts. Sending me to year-round school would not have changed that. It was not until I wanted to learn and retain information, that I started to grasp it. I agree with everyone regarding breaks, summer camps, businesses who rely on summer vacationers, and rewarding students who finish out the year successfully. If anyone wants year round school, they are more than welcome to sign up for summer classes or attend some pre-college courses. The main issue at hand here is to let kids be kids. People want kids to grow up too quickly. Let summer be a time when they start to miss their friends and look forward to going back. Heck, I actually miss teaching, and if someone forced me to go year-round, I might just as well do something that makes a whole lot more money. I love traditional schooling and for me and my children, it gives them a lot of time with me :) we play a lot!!!!

January 7, 2010 at 10:15 am
(39) Mackenzie says:

Hi everyone I am a senior in high school and in my opinion I think year round schooling is a great idea!

January 13, 2010 at 7:32 pm
(40) Montoria says:

Year rouind school is better educationally because the long summer break gets your brain all tired and then you don’t want to work or learn so if you are always in school and you take little vacations you will keep your mind activated

January 15, 2010 at 9:16 am
(41) Allison says:

Excuse me . This is to comment number 26 & 27 the “teachers”. You cannot possibly be judging people and their academic skills on what they are typing here. Kids don’t usually type the way they would at school when they are at home or just going on the computer. They dont type full words out and use grammar because they dont need to. They wil not be graded on this work and they are just giving their opinions. Im in seventh grade and I am annoyed that you would say that. Im sorry but it would not even matter if everyone switched to year-round schooling because of the fact that there is still 180 days but it seems they split the breaks up. Why swith if we dont have to ?

January 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm
(42) Ryan says:

imma 7th grader @ mms in illinois and im doin’ a narrative on it and we would get WAAY more breaks including winter break and saturdays and sundays. just sayin’

January 19, 2010 at 11:50 am
(43) Carrie Anne says:

hello,my name is carrie and i am for and against year round schooling. year round schooling would help us in many ways. such as, you may be able to get into a better college because you have more time to work on the that you didnt quite undersatand. and plus you may have time to work to get into a better college that you may have not gotten into because you didnt work hard enough for the future, just work hard and it wont matter if school is year round. just try your best to create a better tommorow for you!

January 20, 2010 at 6:23 pm
(44) Taylor says:

Hello, my name is Taylor.I’m currently a Jr. in high school and I will be a Senior next year. I am against the idea of year-round-schooling. I think the idea of year-round-schooling is not a good idea because it is not fair to the students that work hard in the school year and look forward to thier summer. Nor would it be fair to the teachers that have earned their summer to. My parents and grandparents with the way of 9 months in school and then 3 months of summer. For the people reading this that have been through school, did you look forward to the 3 month summer bring the school days?

January 22, 2010 at 11:51 am
(45) Keeelsssi :) says:

im Kelsi from Caistor PS . . Is Canada and i think that year round schooling is a good idea . . . it would give me and my class meats a chance to learn more and accomplish more . . . in order to learn all of the lesson year round schooling would be a great idea

January 24, 2010 at 4:14 pm
(46) Chelsea says:

Hey, I’m in seventh grade.
Don’t get me wrong, I like going to school..but
I LOVE summer! I mean all round school may be good for the economy or whatever but is it good for us?
We might forget a lot during summer but that’s teachers
jobs. You know, to teach. I just dont see the point of it. Even if other countries do it, should we?
Thanks. Bye.

January 25, 2010 at 9:26 am
(47) Erica says:

I think year round schooling is good for students. I think it is beneficial because students get the opportunity to catch up if they are behind. In my school teachers are always complaining that “This work and That work, needs to be handed in” And this stresses alot of kids out. There are many other reasons for year round school, but that’s just one. I think this idea is okay.

January 26, 2010 at 7:44 pm
(48) Spottedfur says:

I don’t believe in year round education, but not for the “summer vacation issue.” In fact, that’s not even an issue. I’m doing some research on the subject, and what I found was interesting. There are schools that switch to the “year round” schedule believing they can save some money. However, the reality is that only a few schools successfully accomplish that. Many schools actually end up losing money due to extra maintenance costs and rely on taxpayers to help them pay it off. It also seems a bit unnecessary, considering it is basically a similar 180-day year. The only difference is the amount of days in the breaks. There is no difference in the amount of learning…studies have shown students don’t learn more with the year round education schedule. Similar studies have also shown that students forget just as much in a 30-day vacation as a 60-day vacation. I just don’t see the benefit of it.

(my apologies if this double-posted, but my computer isn’t working very well…)

February 10, 2010 at 9:21 am
(49) Taylor says:

im an 8th grader currently debating year round schooling and i think its a really good idea, :)

February 18, 2010 at 12:15 am
(50) hockey23 says:

me personally all of it is bad either way. Im not a big fan of school and year round would just make it worst people!!!!!!!

February 19, 2010 at 5:33 pm
(51) Mike Wong says:

our class is having a debate on whether our school should become a year round school. the research i have done shows that year round schools have more cons than pros. plz go to http://www.auburn.edu/~enebasa/html/home.pp.html for more information

March 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm
(52) student says:

i believe that year round schooling would do a great deal of good for teachers not having to reteach, but at the same time, it would take away from students freedom to have another life.

March 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm
(53) kierra hicks says:

I am a 9th grader and macon ga. In i am against year round school! Because they never think about wat da the teachers say. Because the teacher dont want 2 see us every day it is bad enough dat the teachers, got 2 see use 5 days a week, and dat is to much work 4 us 2 do in then students are goin 2 start bac droppin out faster. And students goin start smokin weed. An da school 2 release pain they might have because they aint goin 2 have enough tyme 2 do it at home. Because of school.

March 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm
(54) Taylor says:

Hi im an 8th grader, and I live in houston,tx Me personally I think the change would make nothing better. What that change is gone lead to is kids dropping out of school,Being tired,and failing purposly. Obama thinks hes making our edu. better but hes not! Thats going to be an Disaster.

March 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm
(55) Shelby McComic says:

I’m an eighth grader in Baytown, Texas and I’m also doing a research paper on whether to have year-round school or not. I’m against it and need good sources. I have found almost nothing that gives me good info. about trying to stop the crisis of year-round school. Any suggestions..?

March 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm
(56) Michael says:

Year round is not needed. Kids forget no matter how long the break is! I’ve forgotten over the weekend before!!! Teachers need a break too, and they probably have ways to not get bored. 3 months is a long time, and we do get bored, but so what??? Get rid of summer to just so people aren’t bored?

March 15, 2010 at 11:20 pm
(57) Jan says:

in my opinion year round is a bad idea. They only want year round because it ”saves money”. don’t they know/care about how it makes our lives miserable? I hate the idea & Im totally against it.

March 23, 2010 at 4:43 pm
(58) Anahi says:

we are also doing a school project and we do not think kids shpould have short brakes and limited holidays and if we did go for year around school we would be going for what barrak obama has suggested and we dont like him

March 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm
(59) Ellie says:

I like the idea. I am being forced to do debate and this was my topic. At first I hated the idea, but the more I learned the more I liked :)

March 23, 2010 at 6:32 pm
(60) An Honest Person :D says:

Im a sophomore in high school and I say, Im totally for year-round school. I can agree that the change would be rather akward because, I love my summers but, they do get boring sometimes. Sometimes I just sleep. Another fact for me is, that its stressful being out of school for a long time and then you come back with work shoved in your face. it makes you feel as though you’ve never seen it before in your life, and teachers expect us to remember all this. Teachers should ask themselves the same thing, do you remember all of this? Now back to the positive side. I believe that we could cover more in school and I’d appriciate it greatly. I would actually like to learn everything that we carry around in our textbooks. year-round school shouldn’t even be a sujestion, it should be a neccesity. Schools in America could use an upgrade because, compared to school in the world, we almost show up as inferior. So lets do this all ready. my generation and I have to fix it anyway so, give or tools and lets us get it done. If there is any complaints, like there always is, suck it up and look at reality because everyone could use it.”Just being honest :D

March 30, 2010 at 9:31 pm
(61) diAMOND says:

who ever that is in debate class you need year schooling with spelling because you need a typing class to help you with that and i’m for year long schooling it would help people that are succesful in school and people that are Struggling in school to have the best education Possible

April 1, 2010 at 11:08 am
(62) kaitlynn says:

dude i’m totally against year round schooling we need our freedom from school it’s bad enough they make us take summer school for like a month or something like that COME ON KIDS NEED A SUMMER BREAK!!!!!!!! DONT TAKE THAT FROM US!!!!!!!!!!!

April 8, 2010 at 9:58 am
(63) sierra 2 says:

I am Sierra from Augusta Maine and I think that
Making the school days longer and running them into the summer is not the proper strategy to use on the American schools. As it is, the American students spend on end about eight hours a day at school, not including the bus ride and breakfast time, Only leaving less than five hours to spend with family not including the homework.
If the schools days run into the summer, the costs for fuel for the busses will increase, putting a strain on the future tax payers. And the same thing will happen if we keep the school open. The school budget will slowly drain on electric, water, fuel, and supply expenses.

April 20, 2010 at 9:03 pm
(64) I dumped spongebob says:

Year round schooling is a horrible idea. Who would think of such a thing?

April 21, 2010 at 8:29 pm
(65) Marie says:

i’m an 8th grader from ohio, and i am also doing research on this topic. & i am for year-round education. i found more pro than cons, and sometimes change is not a bad thing and i think year-round schooling will be a great change in schooling.

April 26, 2010 at 11:27 am
(66) derek says:

if there was year round schooling how would you know what grade your in and when a school year ended and started

April 26, 2010 at 7:46 pm
(67) Clara says:

The school board should leave it the way it is because kids deserve their 2 months break. They need time with their families and time to rest. What if they need to take care of their younger siblings because their parents can’t afford to stay home or send them to daycare? The whole point of summer vacation is to take a “vacation” from school. It’s also a time to visit a different country, to tour the world. If there was year round schooling, it would take away all these things and maybe alot more. So I say NO to year round schooling.

April 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm
(68) vanessa says:

i think its a bad idea because kids skip school more than they r in regular schooling :O its bad :(

May 6, 2010 at 9:18 am
(69) someone u dont know says:

People think that school year round will be good……WELL UR WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!! :/ tehe but i do think it would be a bad idea. Study shows that kids need the breaks they get cause it helps them calm down and relax. Also, the economy will go down because of the less family vacations. Personally, i think the economy is bad enough. WHY MAKE IT WORSE!!!! :( :P

May 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm
(70) I'm a genius says:

I would say that year-round schooling would be acceptable, but it would be hard to beat the traditional summer even though I wouldn’t mind having a 2 month vacation then spread the rest out through the year possibly no school on Fridays.

May 19, 2010 at 4:46 pm
(71) Logan W. says:

It doesn’t seem like you kids understand what year round schooling is. The summer break would not be taken away it would be spread out over the period of the year. By the way, I am a seventh grader from Texas.

July 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm
(72) Roy Barre says:

i think that we should not have all year around skool because we need a summer beark and parents are speedin more money and more and workin harder so we should not have all year around school and plus louisisana need to stop playin with tha school stuff and leave it alone
im roy in tha 5 grade

July 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm
(73) Harmen says:

I am doing an assignment on year round schooling, I think they shoul keep it the way it is

October 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm
(74) Adelina says:

I’m an 8th grader also doing research on the pros and cons of year round schools and I think there is really no difference. For one thing there has never been any researches proving that year long school is better academic. But, in year round schools it would be harder for teens who need work because they have to constantly be going to school. It would also be harder for kids who have trouble paying attention to get much out of the year long school and therefore they may cause behavioral issues. Theirs also maintenance and issues to look at, maintenance can increase up to 10% in year long schools. I think Obama should really look into it more.
And that’s all I have to say about that.

October 13, 2010 at 12:59 pm
(75) ShaneElder72 says:

im debaiting aganist it and wondering how many days do students go to year round schools 5 or 7

October 13, 2010 at 1:07 pm
(76) jamon says:

hi, im doing a debate on why us kids should not have school. do you think you can help me by telling me if we would school on saturday and sunday. And would the hours be shorter or longer

October 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm
(77) jamon says:

I think its prettey stupid to make the us have more school when we are basicly getting the same amount of education, thats what my teacher said. And us kids need a break, who can go to school without a break. Some kids may start to drop out. So i think you shoukd leave it as it is

October 20, 2010 at 10:58 am
(78) Exsposer says:

at # 58

yea.. that was a quite a few posts back but i would like to point out that they didn’t come up with that argument themselves.

you can give the credit to this website


(read the cons list its his statement word for word)

November 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm
(79) jackson says:

by the way parents and children respond to this tells me that they have forgotten what fun is what family means i mean what would be the point of it

November 17, 2010 at 9:29 pm
(80) Aquifer says:

I would say no beacause this would make kids menatlly and physically overwhelmed

December 3, 2010 at 2:10 am
(81) Katherine says:

I’m a 7th grader doing a persuasive essay on this subject at school and I’m in for it. I still remember when I was in elementary school where in the beginning of the year, we would only spend at least a week to review. I miss the 45-15 plan because right now, I am just longing for the winter break to come. I do get very bored during the summer before 7th grade and I feel like I could die from boredom. I couldn’t stop fidgeting around and TRYING to find something to do. At that time, I would have much rather went back to school. It was the first time since 2nd grade that I have had a 3 month break. I from my experience, I was used to the 1 month break for summer and I couldn’t handle the long 3 week break.

It seems to me though, I only wanted to keep up my grades during the first quarter. Right now it is the second quarter and I’m starting to slack off from my school and homework. I want to do my homework, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I’m very stressed out and I looking forward to my winter break.

I remember when I was on the year-round schedule, I would look forward to school. I wasn’t as stressed and was actually willing to do my homework. I had time for more after school activities. The teachers were not as strict and made learning fun (unlike my teachers now…who are also stressed) and easy. I could tell that even them liked the school system.

Overall, I liked my old school schedule and I hope my school will switch to this schedule because I know my friends who didn’t go to an year-round school like this idea too.

December 8, 2010 at 7:46 pm
(82) Sam says:

First of all, most of you dont even know what your talking about. learn a little bit about year round schooling and what it actually is, after that leave a post that has something to do with the subject not “i hate it cause i want summer break”

December 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm
(83) Winter says:

Hi i am in 9th grade and live in Maine and i like the traditional calendar. I am doing a essay right now on no year round schooling and the more i learn the more i hate it. We kids need a life. if we have no summer break then wheres the money that we need for like collage to get a better education or a car or just anything! I get that it will help the kids who get in trouble but if you think about it they will just stop coming and not get education! You also got to think of your families. Usually families go on vactions but think no vaction to like FL! thats wat i think

January 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm
(84) Brandon says:

year round schooling is stupid meant to make our lives harder and more coplicated . school districts pay way more for this stupid year round schooling stuff when we could have used that money for equitment here at the school.

January 9, 2011 at 7:59 pm
(85) Liza says:

It breaks my heart to see the drop in learning from spring to fall. Kids who don’t have someone in their court to keep pushing them through the summer just continue to fall farther behind, year after year, until the gap is painful and almost insurmountable. It takes from August to November to get students back to the level where they were the previous March, right after state tests. We get about two months of real progress, and then after winter break we are in test-prep mode. After state tests in March, parents, students, and teachers just coast: the motivation is gone.

I would love to see a system with six weeks of learning followed by a week of field trips, projects, and assessments that can help teachers target and individualize instruction. then, we could ALL take a break.

As an elementary teacher, once we get to know our classes there is just not time to stop and modify our instruction, gather new materials, and target lessons to fit individual needs.

On the other hand, it is so exciting to see how students love to work when the work is fun and at their level. I envision school as a continuous loop of learning and exploring in which kids are involved with setting their goals–AND learning about the real world. Plus, wouldn’t it be great to wiggle your toes in the Florida sand in February, or spend a week with a non-custodial parent six times a year?

Unfortunately, I think that EVERYONE would need to go to this system in order for the the gears to turn together. It would require a lot of discussion and compromise between administrations, teachers unions, parents, students, and businesses. There are many things that should be changed in our current educational system, but the “sacred cow” of time remains the unacknowledged brick wall. This is one teacher who would like to tear down that wall.

January 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm
(86) lilly says:

i think year round school should not happen at all cause its not good at all we people should not just make are kids learn all this stuff kids need a break kids already have enough learning skills we do not need them to nothing else

January 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm
(87) lizzy says:

i think year round school should not happen at all cause its not good at all we people should not just make are kids learn all this stuff kids need a break kids already have enough learning skills we do not need them to nothing else but no one should keep their kids longer then 8 months its just not fair for the kids

January 20, 2011 at 11:27 am
(88) bob says:

hey im a freshman and i think year round school is stupid we have enough school already!!!!!!!

January 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm
(89) sheena renner says:

i disagree on year round schooling i think it is crazy to have kids go to school all year long and i live in iowa i hate the ideas of year round

February 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm
(90) Sarbato says:

I live in delaware and honestly think we should keep things the way they are. it would take alot of adjustment &getting used to if we did year round schooling, so all of these 6th graders sayin “omg i want year round schooling” need to understand the situation alittle better.. – (:

March 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm
(91) The kid says:

I am a eighth grader in Grosse pointe or a more popular near city is DETROIT
but Grosse pointe is better anyway I am doing a research project/ persasuive essay on this and why it is bad; any physcologiest will tell you why you forget stuff over break- more common break means dummer kidds

March 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm
(92) sam17 says:

i go against all year round for school it doesnt make any since. i mean we go to school in louisiana 5 days a week and plus in school uniform. we go to our classes and sit on our butts an listen to the teachers for an hour an some thing. plus we wake up at six in the morning till 2:35 thats long. i dont care what others say because yall anit looking at the causes of having school for that long without break what if we want a job? thats enough our teachers putt too much pressure on us now

March 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm
(93) 10th grader says:

In the first paragraph of this blog it was mentioned that “more studies need to be completed to better determine the overall effect of such a system.” Studies do not get even started if people decide to attempt new things. I’m all for trying year-round school out.

March 24, 2011 at 12:55 pm
(94) darian says:

listen all you junior high kids. you think that you need a break, but really you will get more and longer breaks WITH YRE. you dont understand how hard it is to be in high school and be away from school for 3 months then come back and be expected to remember everything. you cant do it. so, year-round education is for the better of the country, communities, and yourself. you dont realize it know cuz youre still kids, but as you mature and get more wise, youll realize why its a GOOD idea. and to all of you junior high kids that are FOR the YRE, keep “”Representing!!”"

March 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm
(95) Brandon says:

I am a seventh grader in New Jersey and year round schooling is a horrible idea, NO WAY in heaven nor Hell is year round schooling good. If Obama promotes this idea them I’m forming a strike against it. Summer vacation was when we needed to help our parents in the harvest. Some of us still have the harvest and some of us need a break from school. It’s torment.

March 29, 2011 at 8:34 pm
(96) Adam Palmer says:

I am a Freshman from Brookings, SD. I shovel snow all through the winter. Why would i like to spend my break shoveling snow? Summer is the time i want to be outside not the coldest part of the year wrapped in a winter coat. I would enjoy not being in school when it is actually nice outside.

May 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm
(97) Delphine says:

I am a tenth grader from British Columbia, I recently did a paper on Year-Round Education and have found many benefits, and many not so great things about it. I say it depends on the family, and on the child themselves. Personally, there’s no way I could do year-round education because I am not good at stopping and starting throughout the year.

May 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm
(98) margarita says:

i think a ten month school is enough for students and they need a physical and mental rest at least for 2 months.

December 1, 2011 at 9:46 am
(99) Random person says:

I am In year round school and I absolutely hate it. We are in a school with an other school in it and we are constantly made fun of.

December 30, 2011 at 11:15 am
(100) anoymous says:

I’m a freshman and i think year round school is tough since parents,kids,teachers and are worked hard in keeping students from so-called slacking.

May 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm
(101) Random man says:

I think it would be less stressful after a long break and then students and staff just being thrown into school again, year-round schooling IS less stressful with one big break.

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