Studies show that learning in year round school increases less than 1%. There are many reason why there should be year round school, but here are some reasons why there shouldn’t be year round school. Continue reading if you want to know why there shouldn’t be year round school.
For students, summer is a time for fun and a break from the dreaded school. The problem with that is students lose knowledge that they learned from the past year during the summer resulting in more time catching up the next year. On average, students and teachers spend six weeks during the fall making up for skills they lost during the summer. Those six weeks could be used much more efficiently for the students. Another astonishing fact is that one month of learning is lost every summer on average, especially math which loses around 2.6 months of learning every summer. The amount of work that students put in every school year should be lasting. If there is not a change in the traditional school year, students will continue to fall behind. This is why year-round schooling would be so beneficial. In year-round schooling, there is no time where students get out for more than 30 days. The students get out for 30 days during the summer which is the longest break. During year-round schooling, students usually go for 45 days and then get fifteen days off. The reason that would be favorable is because students wouldn’t lose any information over those fifteen days. There would be no more six weeks every fall for students to catch up and there would be a lot less students falling
The opposition claims that year-round schooling will prevent teenagers from getting summer jobs and make finding childcare during the breaks impossible (“The Pros and Cons”). However, a simple solution exists to benefit both tennagers and parents of young children. To solve the problem of jobs and childcare, the teenagers that have the same schedule as the children needing babysat could make money watching those children. The teenagers would make money on their own schedule and the parents of children would be able to find a sitter to fit their child’s schedule. Another problem some believe will occur if year-round schooling is introduced is that children would not have enough “down time” over the summer, out of a classroom. However, Matthew Lynch, a former k-12 teacher who researches education policy and reform, writes that “A recent Harvard University study found that school-age children tend to gain weight at a faster pace during the summer months than during the school year, a fact attributed to more time spent in sedentary activities like watching television or using mobile devices instead of being outside or participating in active pursuits.” This means that instead of sitting on a device all summer, students can be walking around school, having recess, or participating in gym class. Even
Last year almost 21 million kids nationwide are on free or reduced lunches. These kids eat their main meals at school and don’t get much while at home. During the summer this can be a disaster. While children in poverty are on long breaks, their families can’t afford to keep feeding them. This results in very non nutritional meals or no meals at all. If there was year round schooling these families would only have to buy their children food for about 2 weeks at a time instead of that long 3 months. Going without nutritional meals for 3 months straight can kill metabolism and do a lot of harm on the body. This could help the family build up savings for those 2 weeks and even if the children didn’t get fed all that much at least it’s only be for 2 weeks instead of 3
2.6 months of learning is lost per year because students forget what they learned over the summer (Priddy). The traditional school calendar, which gives students three months of relaxation and no education, is having negative effects as the years go on. Year-round school, 45 days of learning followed by 15 days off, would provide students a less stressful year and other benefits as well. There are currently 3,253 year-round schools in the United States such as, Beecher Community and Flint High School. California currently has 130 year-round schools making it the leader in America (“Year-Round School Education Statistics”). The most common year-round plan has 15 days during the fall, three days for Thanksgiving, 15 days for winter break, 15
“As I see it, the debate between summer vacation vs. year-round school glosses over the most important questions namely, how can we bring play back to our nation’s schools?” (Darell Hammond) Year-round schooling would cause many problems if implemented at shattuck because Year-round schooling cost to much money and Kids need free time, and time with family and friends, also If you go to year-round schooling you won 't learn more than traditional schooling.
“What’s your favorite time of year?” “Summer!” This is a common question asked by an adult, and a typical reply from a child. Of course summer is their favorite time of the year because they have summer break! 10-12 weekes full of sun and fun! What’s not to love? Well, if the year round school people get their way, these kids would be really upset. Year round schooling is becoming more and more common in USA. Although many schools still have the traditional summer break, many school are converting to year round schooling. From being unable to find appropriate child care, to a detriment to family structure, and a financial toll.
There are pros and cons to year round schooling. Summer should be a time for kids to get a break from the previous school year. Another reason is that kids should do enriching activities in the summer, along with scheduling fun, family trips. Although, year round schooling makes it difficult for these things to happen during the summer. Year round schools can also help prevent summer learning loss, or “summer slide”.
The idea of year round school is starting to be more the topic of discussion. Many people are for the idea of year round education and many are against it. “If our country began on a year around schedule, it would have seemed bizarre to propose the summer- off schedule as a superior way to educate students” says Principle Hazel Colebank. Although some may feel year round school is great for bettering education, changing what’s considered normal could cause more harm than good. Year round school should not be used in today’s school, because it threatens family plans, teacher and student burnouts, and may become costly.
Most students would not want school to be year round and I agree with that. School year round is way too much for us kids. I think we should be able to have time off when it is warm to do fun things. So they should not make students have year round
Middle School Sports get more competitive every year as the kids get more specialized in their sport that they are doing. They are willing to do anything to get a win for their school. Including sacrificing their body to get a charge in basketball, or dive to get the ball in volleyball, and probably the most dangerous tackling and butting heads in football. All these sports can cause serious damage to their brains and hurt their grades in the process.
Breaks like these give student and teachers much needed time to blow off the anger built up inside of them. The environment of schools with year-round schedules is much better because of it since students don’t have that anger built up inside of them and teachers are not frustrated at the students as much, “ Teachers who work for year-long schools say that it gives them a break when they are on the verge of a meltdown.” (Long). It also lowers the amount of students who get in trouble at school, "I haven 't had one student sent to the office all week. And I know why. We 've just had two weeks off, everyone is refreshed, remotivated and their fire has been rekindled." ( Barton). Most importantly students, teachers and administration form a better relationship when all these factors are put together.
Year round school may seem arbitrary to the everyday person who has become accustomed to the standard 10 month cycle that most of the United States functions on. This year round style of school has started to become popular throughout the U.S., allowing students a short 2-3 week break about every 2 months to refresh their readiness to learn. This style of schooling is new to the academic world and has little study done on it thus far, but the benefits it has shown in its debut have been astounding. There are many aspects to consider when thinking of year round school including scheduling, academic benefits, and problems that may arise with this change in scheduling.
Since at least the 1970’s, the topic of year-round schooling has been debated by many people.This new system is spreading across the nation fast, in fact, in 2011-12, there were about 3700 schools that operated on the year-round schedule. (Zubrzycki 1,3). Like any other controversial topic, there are both benefits and drawbacks to the year-round schooling system. For instance, a definite benefit would be that, “...with one group of students always on vacation, a school that was built for 750 students can serve as many as 1000. This allows school districts with little or no money for building expansions to handle a growing student population and save millions of dollars in construction costs.” (Nair 2). Saving so much money could help schools afford better teaching equipment, which would most likely improve student grades. Next, a drawback is that it could be hard on families if the children have different school schedules. The change could make it difficult to plan a family vacation, go to summer camps,
Today I’ll be addressing the argument between changing to a four-day school week from a five-day school week. In my own hoenest opinion I would rather change and have a four day school week. This is because I believe I do better in school when we have that extra day off. I am well rested and feel less stressed because I have more than enough time to get my work done. But I know that there are some cons to having a four day school week. People may argue that what will the parents of the younger children do for the day off. I tried to change this con into a positive and thought about how since the whole school gets the day off why don’t you ask and have a high schooler watch your children. But nun the less people still might argue about how it cost money. I know that this will be a problem for some families, but I believe we can come up with a solution.