The Traditional School Calendar and The Introduction of a Year-Round Education

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For as long as most can remember, schooling has been based on a ten-month calendar. Although it was established for an agricultural society it is still extremely common in today’s urban society. The introduction of year-round education, though it clearly makes more sense for todays students, is still a relatively new concept and therefore is subject to a lot of speculation. With benefits such as, remediation, better chances for high-risk and ESL students, economic benefits, and more structure/stability it is a mystery why some oppose the idea of implementing it on a wider scale. The traditional school calendar is what is comfortable. It is like the childhood blanket that no one wants to give up, but eventually it must be. It just simply does not make sense anymore. Dr. Daniel A. Domenech opens his article, “Should Students Attend School Year Round?” with this idea. He says that this typical schooling system was established originally to allow students time to help out on their family farms. (Domenech). Domenech not only taught for 36 years in public education, but he was also President at American Association of School Administrators, Inc. He obviously is extremely familiar with this topic and also the debate about whether all schools should begin to operate on a full year calendar. He goes forward by saying that it is no longer a mostly agricultural society and is an extremely outdated calendar. Mary O’Sullivan agrees with Domenech and further explains why the system was originally practical in her essay, “The 10-Month School Year: Are We Ignoring Educational Research in order to Preserve Summer Vacation? Finding a Compromise Between Educational Advancement and Over-Schooling.” O’Sullivan says, “…the majority of the school-aged c... ... middle of paper ... ... school system should be used at every school in the United States. Works Cited Domenech, Daniel. "Should Students Attend School Year Round?." Spectrum: Journal of State Government 71 (): 24. Print. Huebner, Tracy A. "Year-Round Schooling." Educational Leadership 67.7 (2010): 83-84. Print. Lynch, Matthew. "Year Round Schooling: How It Affects Students." The Huffington Post (2014): n. pag. Web. O'Sullivan, Mary. "THE TEN-MONTH SCHOOL YEAR: ARE WE IGNORING EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH IN ORDER TO PRESERVE SUMMER VACATION? FINDING A COMPROMISE BETWEEN EDUCATIONAL ADVANCEMENT AND OVER-SCHOOLING." Brigham Young University Education & Law Journal 2 (2013): 395-415. Print Weiss, Joel. "Support Growing for Year-round Schooling." Toronto Star (Canada) (2006): n. pag. Web. Wildavsky, Ben. "Scholars of Summer." U.S. News & World Report; 127.5 (1999): 52+. Web. .

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