The freedom from school that comes during summer break or vacation is greatly anticipated by students all over the country. Summer break helps students rest and prepare for the next round of school. Unfortunately, the time to recharge during the summer is disappearing for some students with the rise of year-long schools. While year-long schools have some benefits, they are not advantageous to the student. With hectic schedules, late nights, and the pressure to push themselves academically, it is important that students have summer break to regain their social, physical, and psychological health.
School systems should be requisite to retain year long schooling. I know this sounds crazy, but there are more benefits in having a year long school. One benefit is to get more evenly placed breaks in the year; every year, millions of students struggle with the anxiety of going back to school. “Anxiety disorders are one of the most prevalent childhood mental disorders (Ford, Goodman & Meltzer, 2003). There is often a great deal of stress on students because they have been away from school for the whole summer.
Reading,"The Sun Goes Down on Summer" by Steve Lawhead brought back feelings I have about summer ending, school starting again, and being the real me! Summer ending means no more late night adventures. It means all the relaxing is traded in for hardcore studying. It means getting ready to see which friends will leave you and change for new friends. In the poem, Steve feels anxiety about starting school again, I relate to this in a big way!
The main reason is because many students decide to attend summer camps and different activities that are only found throughout the summer. As well, many teachers also attend to work at some select camps for a summer job. According to “Scotti Madison” in the article “Year Round school: Is it the answer or a mere band aid?” he states that “teachers will not be able to work summer jobs in the private sector including summer camps. This may cause a decrease in teachers salaries compared to teachers’ that teach using the agrarian cycle. Besides events that take place during the summer like camps, the shortened summer vacation causes multiple defects in the school year.
Counter Argument for Why We Should Have year round school Some people would say we should have summer break. On the other hand, I think we should have year round school. According to Amanda Morin, we should have year round schools because shorter summer breaks mean students are less likely to incur summer learning
There is no doubt that there will be time when your time management isn’t going to be the best, but you should try to work on making it the best you can as frequent as you can. The best piece of advised I can give you from experience is to spend a majority of your free time reviewing material from earlier in the term to help with your midterms and finals. To prepare for college time management you should start making list and planning out your daily schedule immediately, even if it’s in the summer when have nothing but work and free time. Start writing down when you have plans and your work schedule on the same agenda, just to get into the habit of scheduling out your months and days. After three weeks of doing something it will become a habit, this being a good habit to obtain.
Positive attitudes can come from summer program activates outside. Summer can help kids discover new interests. If kids are active they can lose weight and not rot their brains on video games. Kids could have good family memory’s. The second reason kids should have summer break because it can help educators prepare for the upcoming school year.
Carl Sandburg’s quote brings many thoughts to my mind, especially at this time of the year. Finals are almost over, summer break is about to begin, but I feel as if many questions still remain. Questions such as what have I learned, Who am I as an individual, and what decisions will I take?, and if I will continue going to school once break is over. Reading the quote it’s obvious that Carl was referring to life overall, and not to one’s educational life, but these questions still seem to apply to me and to my daily life. ‘who am I” This is the first question Carl presents to us.
It is as if some kids are scared that their skill won’t matter.For example in the article Minds made up before tryouts it says “Regardless of when tryouts are, it seems like coaches already have their minds made up by the summer, if they have summer camps or if they coach a travel team” (smith para 2). As you may know sports teams may have a summer program that kids can get involved, in which the coaches may pick kids to make the team not by their skill but by their personality. Also in Sports tryouts should be fair for all students it says “There were plenty of boys trying out for the team and several that were cut so these ineligible and injured boys could have their spots. How is any of this fair? This is why kids get discouraged and stop playing or trying to play sports” (John's para 4).
As I we wrap up my spring student teaching placement and inch closer to getting my own classroom, I know feel like I have a better idea of what kind of educator I will be. My spring placement has certainly thrown me some curveballs however, the experience incredibly valuable. I have learned so much about the profession and so much about me. When it came to writing this reflection, one thing that popped into my mind was to look at my Pedagogical Creed that I wrote over the summer in our Methods class. I wrote my creed back in July when I did not have classroom teaching experience.