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Readers Respond: Should Schools Implement Year Round Education?

Responses: 96


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


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


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

I was one of the "No year round"

But now I actually go to a university that has it.. and I absolutely love it.. it makes things go by soo much faster then high school.. only going for 2.5 months then going home for 2 weeks for spring and fall break and 3.5-4 weeks for summer and winter break.. the breaks are perfect.. just what I need when i feel like I am getting 'burnt out' on school.
—Guest Me

no way

I am a student in high school I'm going to college and I want a bright future and having school all year long would destroy that attitude. Kids in my school can just scrape by the year with summer without it many child care services would suffer, my parents would have to pay more taxes to keep the schools going, and i would go insane! Sure kids lose some of what they learned through the year in summer but i doubt they would even go to school with no summer. Kids need a long break and if you're unsure of this ask your kid.
—Guest anthony

Are you people crazy,or just dumb?

I have read every response in here. It amazes me how people talk about the pressures of school, and that is why there is a need for traditional summer breaks. Wouldn't the pressures be reduced if there were more breaks? Also, by the looks of the spelling on this thread, we REALLY NEED YRE! I know some of you are really young, but some of you are in HS and can barely spell! YRE is a great idea. The summer break in the YRE system is still really long, and it still gives kids a chance to be kids. I fully agree that kids need to be kids, but adults need to be adults, and give our kids the best, most well rounded education possible. The YRE system can also be very economically efficient. It can also give teachers an opportunity to make more money. I have heard some comments asking adults to remember when they were kids/teens. I do. I remember hating the month of August and the beginning of Sept.! It seemed like school couldn't start soon enough. And, I hated school!
—Guest The Future

No Way!

what kid likes to be in school? Uh no one. Kids should be able to have a long summer break to spend time with their friends and family. Summer is a time for them to get away from all the stress of school. Adults don't understand what kids in school actually go through. So year-round school is a huge NO!!!
—Guest guest 246

No school would help but make things bad

Things wouldn't help if school was longer. It would make it worse. The length of the regular school year is long enough AND stressful enough for students. If you were to increase school days/hours or get rid of summer then u would see an increase in student dropouts due to stress induced depression.
—Guest disagree

no school year round

I don't thing that there should be year round schooling because mostly in the summer student get time to hang out with there family and they would always be outside and doing something. Also kid use there summer to have some full time jobs so they can earn some money, and school would just make that harder. Like most kids they need to earn up there money if there parent make them buy there own stuff. Most kids get more exercise in the summer because they outside all most all the time either running, swimming, biking, and other things people would do outside. So even if they’re not at school learning they’re still keeping there selves physical. Also most people like me gain more weight during school because all you do is basically sit for about 7 hour and eat your lunch or snack. nothing physical there except for you 80 minutes of gym of p.e.
—Guest some person

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