Many teachers who are employed by year round schools find that the knowledge retention of their students has been significantly improved with this system. At a standard school a summer break is anywhere from 10-14 weeks off of school, that gives students plenty of time to erase the majority of the past school year from their brains. With year round schooling summer is shortened to approximately 4 weeks which is hardly any longer than the other breaks that the students are getting year round. Having these breaks throughout the year keeps students from becoming restless during a lengthy summer or in their 13th straight week of school. To the benefit of the student this year round schedule allows teachers time during the school year to go to trainings to enhance their class rooms, prepare their teaching plans, and refresh their knowledge on upcoming subjects without the hassle of missing class to attend to these things.
According to Sindhu Nair, year round schools can get in the way of family activities and other summer plans. Families would have to change around dates and schedules because of year round school. Some people think that year round schools also change American lifestyle (Nair). Year round schools make it difficult to plan vacations that kids enjoy off from school. According to Sonny Long, it is difficult for kids and families to transition to a year round school because the schedules are so different.
And the problem with year-round schools may be that they don 't actually add more school days to the 180 typically required, von Hippel said. Instead of a three-month summer vacation, year-round schools typically have several breaks of three to four weeks spread throughout the year. So year-round schooling don’t add more days to 180 so you don’t learn more. While some may argue that you lose time to learn over the summer because over summer break, students lose, on average, one month of grade level. It is more true that if you go to year-round schooling you won’t learn more than traditional schooling.
The year round school calendar will provide students and teachers with more frequent breaks but will not give the traditional ten full months of summer vacation. Studies show that students are more likely to attend school when there is a break coming around the corner. The most popular year round schooling schedule is the 45-15 plan (Yeager, Fred). The 45
Students that are in school during the summer find it harder to concentrate on the work that they are doing in school because they are waiting to get out of school into the nice weather. Year round schools make it difficult to learn with many breaks that they are given which can affect them negatively in and out of school. Year round schools should give long breaks instead of many little breaks because it is shown that there is no difference in learning between year round schools and traditional schools. During 2011-2012 about 3,700 schools were all year round schools and these schools didn’t benefit students and teachers in all good ways.
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”).
Year round school should not be used in today’s school, because it threatens family plans, teacher and student burnouts, and may become costly. A child’s development is based on different experiences that sometimes can only be experienced through family time and not sitting in a classroom. Many families plan vacations during the summer. Some even sending children to camps that may give them another experience that school doesn’t offer. Some children come from separated families where summer vacation may allow a child to spend time with another
Traditional school schedules have kids in school from late summer until late spring, the year-round schedule has kids in school all year but the difference is there are longer breaks in the year-round schedule. It is time to switch from the traditional schedule to the year-round schedule because students learn better and don’t lose information over a long summer break, is more convenient for everyone and reduces the stress of school and makes it more enjoyable. To begin students under the current school schedule where there is one long break in the summer are more vulnerable to losing the information they have learned the past year. Summer break causes students to forget material that they have learned which causes problems because it wastes
Over the past twenty years, year-round schooling has grown by 544%, now around 10% of kids go to schools where there is year-round schooling (Statistic Brain). When students hear about year-round schooling, they automatically think about the summer break and that they won’t have that. They often forget about the many benefits that year-round schooling offers. There are plenty of reasons year-round schooling is better, it can solve overcrowding, the loss of information over summer break, better academic achievement during the school year, and many more. The school system was designed over a 100 years ago when parents needed their kids to work the fields in the summer.
How much does summer vacation mean to you? That's the question many families ask themselves as they make the choice for year round schooling. With year round schooling students take several breaks, similar to a winter break in length, instead of one long break in the summer. Some people feel it is a terrible idea, while others say the academic aspect is superior. Although some people feel strong about year round schooling, year-round schooling is not the best educational option for students.
Summer break gives kids and teachers a break and time to prepare for next year. All year school schedules can be complicated for families and school activities. I chose the side of summer vacation. Summer vacation is a better way to go than an all year school schedule. It is what all kids will remember for years to last.
Year-round school usually has 45 days of school and then a 15 day break. But there is no summer break like traditional school. This leaves teachers with a little over two weeks to prepare for next school year. If teachers have to change their decorations or update their curriculum, they have barely enough or not enough time to prepare for a new year. This would put teachers in a hard situation and would not give them time to be with their family.
Finally, another drawback is that without summer break, there will be a financial toll. In a newspaper article titled “Year Round Schooling Explained”, it says, “Tourism and other industries that count on summer vacationers might suffer. High schoolers might be less able to get summer jobs.” This could end up causing a big financial problem for a lot of people. To conclude, the benefits and drawbacks of year-round schooling are about equal.
Kids need a break. Just because school is year round, doesn't mean that students will get less of a break. The breaks will just be more spread out. The summer break most kids get is about three months long the year round school break averages out to about three and a half months. Would you rather get 3 months off or 3 ½ days off? Because students tend to have better educational and grade scores when school is year round, it makes sense to try to have it year round.