Year Round Education: A New Perspective

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Year Round Education: A New Perspective Introduction Over the years we have gained aspect to all the new technologies and advancements that have improved the educational system. Each innovation has helped in some way or another to develop better academic programs in schools around the United States. Recently, a proposal has been made to change the traditional school year of nine-months to a year-round program that has sparked controversy all over. Despite controversy though, there are still many strong supporters of the idea. According to the National Association for Year-Round Education (NAYRE), “the pervasive and unique impact of extended-year schooling on children's cognitive development suggested that it may be a key reform in improving the American education system” (Frazier-Gustafson, 2003). The purpose of this research paper is to investigate how technology-rich year-round schooling can promote academic success for students. Traditional Calendars Traditional school-year calendars usually begin the day after Labor Day and end early in the summer, with a Christmas break, selective holidays, and a three-month summer vacation. It is also known as the agrarian calendar because school’s needed to revolve around the same time as the harvesting and planting of crops. The calendar was made this way to allow for children to be available to the family for farming during the months of summer. Although farming has declined, the traditional calendar has now been in effect for over a century and with the suggestions of Year-Round Schooling (YRS) educators are trying to update this “old” system of schooling. Year-Round Calendars Some might get the wrong impression when the term year-round education is brought... ... middle of paper ... ...rial. 26. Stenvall, M. (2003). National Association for Year-Round Education Website. Retrieved April 21, 2004 from http://www.nayre.org. 27. This is a link on the website of the National Association for Year-Round Education. This organization promotes YRE and provides various statistics, research articles, publications etc. related to the issue. 28. Thomas, G.I. (1973). Administrator’s Guide to the Year-Round School. West Nyack: Parker Publishing Company, Inc. 29. This book helps you understand the reasoning behind year-round programs with a major emphasis on the cost analysis approach. 30. Warrick-Harris, E. (1995). Year-round school: The best thing since sliced bread. Childhood Education, 71, 282-287. 31. This article supports year-round education and the many advantages and benefits it has for students, teachers, and the community.

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