Ian Brown Mr. Moran English I - Honors 12 March 2012 Year-Round Schooling Pro Rebuttal The issue of having year-round school in America or not has been going around for decades. This system is practiced throughout the world with the huge exception of many of our schools. Some claim that it doesn’t make a difference to a child’s scores, but spending more time in the classroom, with shorter but often breaks, can keep their mind refreshed. Even U.S. President Barack Obama stated that the hardships and new challenges in this emerging century “demand more time in the classroom.” Some opponents of this system say that our summer vacation is the perfect time to have a full time-off and that you won’t lose much of what you learned the previous school year. In fact, according to a study at the University of Missouri, they found that many students forgot over two and one-half months of whatever their grade-level equivalency is in mathematics.
I believe that year-round schools should be at least an option in our district. First off, and very important to the students is that a year-round school gives students and teachers with a break every 2 months or so. Additionally, if we had the option of a year-round school then it would help to prevent some students from being taken out of school often for a family vacation to Mammoth or Mexico. Lastly, a year-round school would give the teachers a more time for teaching, ultimately letting them cover the required material more thoroughly. I believe that now is the time to change our educational system as we know it for the benefit of teachers, students and their parents!
The lengthened summer vacation time provides opportunities such as getting a seasonal job or becoming an intern. Kids benefit from focusing on extracurricular activities like athletics and art rather than academics all year long. Things such as family time, jobs and traveling are just as important to a student’s development as being in school. There is no one size fits all solution. Clearly, some students would benefit from year round schooling and extended time in school, but more evidence leads toward the benefits an extended summer vacation.
They don’t just go to school; they get paid by others to save up for college. They lose their summer vacation with family. They also get no long relaxing time. One longitudinal study of six elementary schools, three on traditional calendars and three on year-round schedules, discovered positive effects of year-round education. It found that, in most cases, the sample of students in the year-round schools posted overall test-score increases that were higher than those of their traditionally schooled counterparts.
Instead of nine months of cafeteria food for the kids it would be a year’s worth, this goes too for the electricity, and also the payroll of the teachers. b. Year round school also can create maintenance problems throughout the year. With year-round schooling, these teenagers will no longer be available, forcing parents to use high-cost day care professionals all the time. c. For their parts,
* Schools are more cost-effective per student by the efficient use of the facility, textbooks, and supplies. * Many students and teachers report that more frequent breaks allow them to return to school more refreshed and with greater energy and improved morale. * Some school districts report vandalism, discipline referrals and absenteeism for students, as well as teachers, has been reduced because of the year-round schedule. * How does a year round school work? * Students in a year-round school are divided into multiple tracks with each track having a different starting and ending date.
While using the revised school schedule, ‘Children have the advantage of not losing information over the long summer,’ says Judith Jackson, who holds the post of principal of Franconia Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. ‘They retain all that and it's great… Teachers don't have to spend a month to six weeks reviewing.’ Jackson's school has been making use of a modified schedule for the past five years” (St. Gerard). To continue, here are my reasons year round school should be mandatory. Some may over lap but this means they are strong reasons in others opinions as well as
Voting for me would allow them to have a better secretary for the rest of the year and possibly a better representative next year. By voting for me to go to CASL, my classmates would benefit because we would have a better & experienced leader in their class. I have shown major commitment and dedication to both leadership and my class. Every single day (even Mondays), I am early and ready to learn how to become a better leader. I have also been at almost every single workday the freshman class has had for all required events.
The "summer slide"(Maclean's, 2010) is where after three unproductive months of no schooling the students tend to forget the information taught from the previous year. A year-round schooling schedule that also implements intercession classes in their model are able to offer a wide variety of classes that cannot be given during the school year. If intercession is in place, the students can still come in on their off schedule for exciting studies such as music, art, sports, and many more subjects depending what the school is able to provide (Wildavsky,
Kimberly Northcraft English 102 MWF 8:30 February 12, 2013 Exploratory Paper Does year-round education seem like a logical system to follow? The controversy of switching from the traditional school calendar to the year-round school calendar has been around for a while. Schools in America would still operate on a 180 day system, but the amount of school and vacation time will be distributed differently throughout the year. Schools would switch from long segments of schooling at a time to shorter, broken up segments. The one thing that people generally think about first is the distribution of their vacation time.