Against Year Round School

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Among 34 countries around the world, the United States has one of the shortest school years. The traditional school year in America is 180 days. South Korean children spend 220 days total in the classroom while Finland has a 190 day school year. Both educational systems rank higher than the United States in math and sciences. Over the past decade, arguments have evolved concerning whether American school children are in school too few days. Some educators and school boards want to implement a year-round school system. This has been both embraced and rejected. One problem at the core of these arguments is the definition of year-round schooling. What is Year-Round School? The term year-round school can mean two specific types of school year. One definition proposed by some educators is the increase of the actual days from 180 to more. The more common use of the term year round school does not mean any actual increase of the American school year. It actually refers to a reallocation of students over the year. Under a 180-day year-round school year, students work within a system in which the time off for vacations and holidays is more equitably distributed. There are shorter breaks between semesters or terms. Some schools prefer the 45 days on and 15 days off plan while others look to other models. These include a 60-day on and 20 off and 90 days in class and 30 days out. Arguments in favor of year-round school There are a few individuals who argue for a year-round school system of some form. Proponents of increasing the actual time see it as a means of keeping up with the rest of the world. The lack of skills in math and science in particular when compared with much of the world is seen as detrimental and the result of too little time spent learning. An increase in actual total class time is perceived as a means of decreasing the amount of time

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