Family time is an important part of our lives. If we had year-round school, parents would have trouble finding daycare for their children who would have several weeks off repeatedly. To make it worse, children from the same families would be on different school schedules (Sardo-Brown). Also, it would be hard for sports teams in different districts to coordinate practice times, because they are on different school schedules (Lehrer). Next, summer is important for family relationships and traditions.
The benefits of year round schools For years, parents and educators have debated the advantages and disadvantages of the traditional school calendar, which has long summer vacations for all students.The longer you are away from school, the more you lose what you learned in the previous year. Studies have shown that children who know English as a second language benefit the most from year-round education because during the long summer break, they may not hear English for several months. Long summer breaks is a problem for traditional schools and the solution is to substitute traditional schools for year-round schools. First, Long summer breaks is a problem for traditional schools. Year round school are schools that function on a 180 day system
Saving teacher’s critical teaching time would grant students with additional time to learn more than the usual review of the material they lost from the previous school year. Finally, this change would allow schools to be eligible to complete worldwide, or rather be thought of as more of an advanced or even improving country academically. The “Summer Slide” is the predicted cause for kids losing information they had been taught the previous school year. Students that belong to the lower than average income homes are more likely to lose those skills over summer break. Still, regardless of the income coming into that house, most students lose “two months of grade level equivalency” in math skills every summer.
Summer break is supposed to be a time of rest and rejuvenation for students. After nine months of hard work and challenging classes, one would think such a long break could do nothing but good for students; however, this is not the best way for young minds to learn. A three month break is far too long for children to go without proper education and supervision. Instead of a long three month break at the end of each school year, why not give students the same number of days off but spread them out more frequently throughout the year? Year-round education is a more efficient, globally competitive, and fair alternative to the traditional nine month school year.
Scholars have reported that students lose significant academic ground in the summertime, than students that go read at pricey summer camps. Urban and minority children have been in an aggravating big factor of an “achievement gap.” Many programs such as KIPP Academies have employed a lengthened school year with a mandatory 3-4 week summer school session to boost achievement. Do you think kids can handle summer break anymore? Millions of kids are doing productive things like camps or family trips, while other are loitering malls and not so good websites, which could lead to academic disaster. In an earlier era, the nation’s professional educators believed that too much school would mentally and physically exhaust students and teachers.
Another was the disruption of summer camps, and the student employment, in which the traditional school calendar does not interfere. In the now traditional school calendar children receive a three-month vacation from school, which results in most cases that children forget plenty of information they had learned the past year. So when they arrive back to school, teachers tend to spend up to three or four weeks reviewing and consequently lose time to learn something new. The National Association for Year-Round Education made a research that proved that students with low income made simil... ... middle of paper ... ...f three months to rest from school, this is not good for students who most of the time forget a large quantity of information they learned the past year and return to school to review what they have already seen. For this reason, the year-round education calendar is a better option for schools and for students as well.
Many year-round school advocates also argue that year-round school will ease overcrowding, enhance student learning and retention, and reduce cost. (Ballinger, 1988). Alcorn (1992) stated, "If students' longest break from the classroom is one month instead of three, it is possible to avoid what can be called the long summer of forgetting”(p.13). Ballinger (1988) asserts that it is time for a change in the school calendar because “the customary long summer vacation disrupts the continuity of instruction that curriculum planners desire.” He states that a less interrupted flow of instruction will help and enhance the knowledge learned of most able students by not reviewing at the beginning of each year and wasting time.
Year round education seems like a very scary concept for most students, and some parents. But supporter of eight years of year round schooling, Barbara Reichenbach says, “What the school districts really need to do is find a new title for year round school because most people don’t understand the concept. The children are not going to school the entire year, they have vacations, the title ‘year-round’ is misleading”. The students do not actually go to school more days, or year round. The days of actual school days are are the same amount as when a long summer break is implemented.
Primarily, year round schools will disrupt both the families and teachers while the traditional school year does not. This is because; year round schools will eliminate most of the highly anticipated summer vacation making it much shorter than usual. Long summer breaks are a cherished culture for some families, as it is a perfect occasion for relations to spend time together since both the parents and students have a sufficient amount of time off. During the mid-year breaks [i.e. March Break], many parents do not have the time because they are still at work.
Back in the early ages, the idea of year-round school would be thought as completely insane, because the farming families depended on their children to be home during harvest time. Now in modern times, the term year-round school is becoming more and more common in the United States of America. Slowly the schools are changing the way they teach, from giving the students a long three month break to a shorter one month break during the summer. The change of America’s high schools to the year-round schedule benefits both the schools and the students because they still get breaks throughout the school year, the children are less likely to forget information, the children would have more time with the teachers to learn, and the parents would not have to pay for childcare during the long summer break. One of the first concerns of a student when they think of year-round school is that they will be attending school five days a week, 52 weeks a year.