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Readers Respond: Should Schools Implement Year Round Education?

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whats the point?

I'm going into high school next year and my class has been reasearching this subject for the past few days and from what I've found there's really no point. If there's going to be the same amount of days and studies havent found if year round schooling helps with grades there's no point into making school year round. I realize you might think I'm being biased because I'm only in grade 8 but I would like this idea more if there was more of a point. Besides students need the summer to bond with their parents and family.
—Guest 69

AHHHHHH!!!

Seriously? School ALL YEAR? Are they crazy? Summer is america's trademark! It's a huge part of our culture! They can't just take that away from us! Every kid looks forward to summer. Every adult can't wait till it's over, so all the annoying kids will leave them alone! That's the way it is, and should always be
—Guest Kirisu Naiyu

Benefits of summer holidays

What about the positive effect of the summer holidays? Many high school students spend their summers interning or working in labs: they get to learn about the real-world applications of academic subjects like biology or politics. Other students get work experience in retail or grocery. Summer break is great for personal expansion, too - athletes have the opportunity to work out all day long and make vast improvements, while students involved in music or theater make similar gains due to more practice time.
—Guest Eva

This slue of comments...

uses masses of horrible logic. Admittedly I've only read the first page. There are just so many fallacies in every single comment. Most people here talk about their personal experiences as though it were some universal fact. Get a clue people... we need something that works for the majority, not just you and the people you know.
—Guest Nanaz

do not agree

Changes in the school calendar are touted as a solution to poor student achievement. Interestingly, in reading this, and other similar articles, there is no hard data that shows any improvement in scores with so called "year round" calendars. As many others have pointed out, the amount of time students spend in class remains the same so there isn't any benefit from additional work. Also , many studies have shown that "year round" schedules cost as much as 10% more. So to re-cap - no additional time in school, no significant impact on grades, and it potentially costs more. So why is this a good idea??
—Guest concerned citizen

year round school

If there is no definitive evidence that the year round schedue improves scores/grades, then what is the point? Simply to say that we need to do it this way because other countries do is ludicrous. When American business and Industry were at their peak, all of our citizens were educated on the "agrarian" calendar. I believe. that schools are being scapegoated and a decline in student achievement , if there really is one, related to much more than just the calendar.
—Guest mheck

i wish

i wish i was able to attend year round school. After the 6 week mark i always needed a break and just couldnt get it. I was in all AP(magnet) classes. If i got that break i guarantee i would have graduated instead of getting my GED. As for teachers (which is what im in college now for) i still would much rather do a year round school. It would be nice to get a break and to regroup before having to go back and teach. I think teachers no are to stressed out in the system that little breaks would make them a lot happier. I actually plan on putting my son into a year round school instead of the traditional.
—Guest becca

year around school

Yes. I would most definitely change the wording to be more effective. The media might try saying "modified calendar" instead of "year round school" This might help with some of the walls people put up toward school throughout the year.
—Guest penny

Yes!!!

The Majority of children are in a single parent household or in a household where both parents work. It is hard for them to afford summer camps and daycare. Many of them are working several jobs just to get by as it is. Think of the amount of money these families would have to put into the economy buying or doing other things. And they would not have to worry as much about their children because they are in a stable environment and where, even though kids complain about school, they will get to see their friends at school.
—Guest Me

Benefits of Year Round School

When my bipolar son was in elementary school, it was a year round curriculum. I have to say as a parent, I enjoyed having shorter breaks spread out over the year instead of one long summer vacation. Seemed like it worked better for my son. Going back to school after a month instead of three was less of a problem for him. Also, we got to go to the coast/beach because it was cheaper in the off season. I think if he had been in year-round school after elementary it would have been more of a problem being out of sync with other kids at different schools with traditional schedules, but it worked for him and us at the elementary level.
—Guest Bill B.

All for it

Ok, some of you are not reading the article. Year-round school has the SAME AMOUNT of days, they are just spread out the entire year instead of being crammed into 9-10 months. 9 weeks off/3 weeks on sounds good to me. I think it would make it easier for both educators and families to plan vacations better and budget better. Summer camps/programs are expensive and because of the economy a lot of people can't afford it and it hurts worse because you're spending more money 3 months in a row instead of being able to budget and spread the cost throughout the year. I think the idea is wonderful because just when students are starting to get restless, they'll get a break and just when they start getting bored, it'll be time for school again. The kids won't get burned out (better retention), the teachers won't get burned out (better education) and the parents won't get burned out from havin to deal with burnt out teachers and students!
—Guest Reesie

No

Is this some kind of joke? Year round schooling does NOT improve your grades, proven by studies. It interrupts the learning process, making things more difficult for kids. Also it will be close to impossible for a kid to join a summer youth program like a summer camp and what not.
—Guest Bearbear

Definitely not

Many people say yes to year-round school or that they don't know, but I say that it is a very bad idea. Many students in accelerated programs like myself, or students that are having troubles and can't help it, have fun over summer and use it to get rid of stress. If there was year-round school the breaks would be to short to get rid of stress, causing more teens (and other students) to get anorexia nervosa or bolimic nervosa (eating disorders) because of stress. Students could also use the summer to get required exercise. This year NONE of my classes involved more physical activity than to get up to sharpen my pencil. There are alreadyobesity problems in many countries, especially the United States. I am also in soccer and my schedule for the summer schedule is already getting full and school is not even out yet. I know that year-round school could have a couple of benefits but these benefits could be reached in better ways, not including year-round school. Thanks to all who have read
—Guest 8th grade reporter

Better for students & community

I attended the first 45-15 plan school district in the US in 1970's Bolingbrook IL. Former schoolmates and I believe it was a superior way to be educated. 9 weeks on three weeks off vs 9 monts on 3 months off. While it was instituted in response to exponential population growth in the community, our dismay to the suspension of this innovative school calendar five years after it's beginning was palpable. There were students in my middle school so upset by a return to the traditional calendar they phoned in fake bomb threats in primitive protest hoping to prevent the conclusion of this initial experiment. Many previous comments exhibit a level of contemptuious which preculdes investigation. Dispite stagaring increases in public school spending, educations outcomes continue to decline. Now as a university professor I face increasing proportions of students who are victims of the present system which bestowes far more high school diplomas than high school level educations.
—Guest Professor Becker

No(to the infinity power)

Children need their time off. As for forgetting, do you ever hear of a child forgetting how to add 1 +1? No, because they learned it. When a child learns something they do not forget. Also, parents need to bond with their children go on family vacations (which would be harder to coordinate with shorter breaks). Finally, teachers also need a break, Teaching is a rewarding but hard job between discipline problems, adminstrator problems and other things an all-year school year would burn them out. Also bill paying would nee to be rearranged if pay is cut off every three weeks. My answer is no.
—Guest educator

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