In the United States, most schools still use a ten-month calendar that was developed when our country’s students needed school off to help with harvesting (Palmer). Trimble Local Schools Superintendent Kim Jones says, “year-round schooling is the notion of getting away from the old agrarian calendar...which was formed up around the planting season. Students were out of school from April until harvest to work in the fields,” (qtd. in Hapka). Under the agrarian system, most United States students are in school for nine to ten months, and get a two- to three- month summer vacation.
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.
In order to provide the biggest academic success schools would have to start later in the day. According to web-japan, the school day starts at 8:30am. Each of their classes last about 50 minutes. In one academic day, they have about four classes with 10 minutes breaks in between where teachers, not students, will switch from classroom to classroom. After, the students will go to lunch, in which then their school day ends.
This usually requires an additional couple of hours one day a week. A lot of the college classes for a two-year certificate require a lab. By looking through the listings you'll see that with a 12 credit agenda for a semester we will most likely have an average of two labs. Two labs would add another four hours on to our week. Now we have about five hours a day, five days a week.
Although, year-round schooling does allow for students and staff to get breaks. In most cases, schools participating in a year-round system tend to go to school for nine weeks with a three week break in between. Throughout the course of the year, the students will be completing 180 days in the classroom, as goes for a traditional system. However, schools participating in a traditional system go to school for forty-five to ninety days, get a two week break, go back to school for forty-five to ninety days, and then get a 3 month summer. Just because a school district participates in a year-round system, does not mean the students and staff attending the school district go to school for more days throughout the year than the students and staff attending a school district that participates in a traditional system.
Year-round schooling consists of the same amount of school days, 180, just spread out over 12 months rather than 10. Although students do not get a “summer” they do, in fact, get numerous 2-3 week breaks throughout the school year (Tumgoren, 2009, L02). During these breaks, optional classes and workshops are offered to students whom are seeking extra help in classes, parents who can’t afford daycare, or for kids who are just plain bored. These workshops offered during students’ weeks off are called intersessions. Imagine how much knowledge our students will gain if federal Department of Education funding goes towards these intersessions!
With having 15 course credit hours and each class requires two hours of studying for every hour one is in class and working 40 hours a week, a student/employee is lucky to get seven hours of sleep. This kind of schedule requires heavy planning. Martin Kramer, editor-in-chief of New Directions for Higher Education, says, “the present generation of students can surely be labeled the
Recreational leagues generally have one practice a week lasting about an hour and a game or two a week which last about two hours. School teams have practice for at least an hour right after school lets out and leaves enough time for kids to go home and get their homework done after
Students attend school for about thirty to forty-five days and then receive fifteen to thirty day breaks. Catie Watson, an expert in YRE schooling, said, “A popular YRE calendar uses a 60-20 plan, with students attending school for 60 days and then going on break for 20. Other popular plans include 45-15 and 80-40” (1). There are two types of YRE schools. The first type is a single track where students all attend at the same time and have the same breaks.
Such as time you spend traveling to school/work. Let say you drive it takes you about 20-25 minutes to get to and from school and another 30-40 minutes to get to and from work from home. You go to school three days out of the week and work 4 days you spend on average 3 hours to 4 hours traveling. Then there is rest typically you are to supposed to get a healthy 8 hours of sleep daily but who actually does? You get on average 7 hours each night, that’s 49 hours a week.