Have you ever wondered what the difference between traditional schooling and year-round education is? Maybe you didn’t know that there are more than one type of year-round education. A year-round school schedule can benefit educators, students, and even families. Year-round schooling is where the breaks in school are on a balanced schedule. Instead of having a three month summer break, there would be 60 days off and then the students would be back to school.
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According to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, most students who attend a year round school do slightly better in terms of academic achievement than students in a traditional calendar. American Library Association says that nearly 46.3% of the population says, “No, the long summer break is needed” (MSNBC 2013). This clearly shows that almost half of the populations schools could improve their students academic achievement greatly. Even though it may be beneficial for some public schools to stick with the long summer break, most should switch to year round because it reduces re-teaching and stress among students and teachers, and maintenance cost will reduce. Year round education seems like a very scary concept for most students, and some parents.
The only difference is that the breaks are shorter, but there are more of them in year round schooling. This is the basis of most of the arguments for and against year round schooling. First, the pros of year round schooling can include; effects on absence and burnout rates, effects on budget, more frequent breaks, and also a big effect on academic achievement. The way that year round schooling works to reduce burnout and also reduce absences is that by having more frequent breaks; students are less likely to want to skip class. This is definitely noticeable after spring break where most schools don’t have any days off until the end of the year that is usually more than 2 months straight.
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We have heard how the United States ranks in comparison to other post-industrial countries in regards to education. One idea that has proven to be successful in improving the education level of students is “year round schooling”. Year round schooling would improve the quality of education and the overall school environment. Making this type of change would be a start in increasing the value of our school systems. The term “year round school” does not mean that students and teachers are attending school 365 days year.
There are also many days that students have off such as holidays, breaks, and snow days. In “Extending the School Day or School Year: A Systematic Review of Research” authors Erika Patall, Harris Cooper and Ashley Batts Allen argue reasons why the school year should be longer. The amount of time spent in school directly effects how well students do in school. According to the authors study “Adding time to the school year or school day is at the top of the list of measures that have been hypothesized to improve achievement among U.S. Students”(401). The main reason why the authors believe that the school year should be extended is because there are now more things being taught to students and the extra time is needed in order to academically succeed.