“On average, children spend 6.5 hours per day watching television and videos, using print media, playing video games, using computers and listening to CD, MP3 players, tapes and the radio” (Haines, J. & Neumark-Sztainer, D. 2006). These types of activities do not burn many calories, which results in weight gain. Children are subjected to advertisements for fast food and unhealthy snacks which, in most cases, the children would rather have than a healthy meal cooked at home. Many families either have a two parent or single parent working home.
One sibling might be enjoying his or her two month break while the other has to sit in class working. Being in school during the summer makes it difficult for them to learn knowing their siblings are on vacation. Moreover, family vacations are very difficult to schedule, and complicates their plans. Most families take vacations during the summer. Most parents take advantage of their son or daughter two month off to spend time with them, such as going on family vacation, doing summer activities, and everything else associated with summer activity.
My family is small; it is only my father, my boyfriend, and I. When my boyfriend and I return from school we immediately sit on the couch and start watching television with my dad and we never talk about important issues for example chores. Winn talks about how televisions take away families opportunities to discuss important concepts and I think my family models this. I have always wanted to be like the families on television who have a game night, eat dinner at the table, and just enjoy the company of the people around them, but ironically television is one of the main reasons this is not possible. Winn suggests that the only family ritual left is watching television with each other because television has a way of pulling you in and not letting you go.
The average American child watches TV, plays video games in front of a TV and also staring in a computer screen a good part of the day. As long as kids are safe inside the house they are not encourage to go out and play and exercise. The typical American parent is too busy working and being “lazy” to plan meals and family time. Even on TV commercials the whole family is either watching TV or using the tablet, phone or computer, what type of family time is that? Parents usually seek the easier route by picking up dinners which are super high in carbs and sodium, or rent movies to pacify the kids after school.
The same concept applies towards the student who scores a 32 on the ACT compared with a student who scored a 22. It's no wonder why American students tend to have lower scores compared to other countries, such as Japan. Currently, the United States has the shortest school year with an average of 180 days while Japan, who is also in the lead has a whopping average of 243 per year. Now, some people may say that the 63 day difference is not much, but lets assume that both Japan and the United States have a regular seven hour school day, that's 441 more hours of education that Japan students receive than the students from the states. Or lets put it this way, there are 365 days in a year-considering it a regular year- that's 260 weekdays, give or take minus the 243 days of school that Japan students attend, that's only 17 days of break that they receive; compared to the US that has 80 non school days.
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
Doris Lessing, in an acceptance speech for a Nobel Prize in literature, states “Kids today don’t read, don’t write, and don’t care about anything further in front of them than their iPods. The internet has seduced a whole generation into its inanities.” After stating the beliefs of the older generation, Goldwasser begins to question the reason behind their beliefs. Amy states the older generation often conducts so many surveys out of jealousy, fear and ignorance. They fear that young people know more than they do. She brings up a good point that before the internet parents didn’t complain when kids would be in their rooms for hours writing letters to friends or talking on the phone.
Research says taken over a hundred years, its shown that students taking the same standardized test both before and after summer break will have a lower grade than the other students. Students don't do
Over breaks you tend to forget what you learned before the break. No matter how short the break is, you still forget key ideas on what you learned. With three fairly long breaks in the middle of the year, most of the education time would be spent catching up and reviewing old work rather than learning new school concepts. In conclusion, you would be less educated with shorter breaks throughout the year. One reason we should have one large summer breaks is that students and teachers look forward to having some nice long time off for themselves.
It is a strong responsibility for the teacher to assess the learner at improving this skill while learning, as it is natural that mistakes lead us to develop our language ability gradually; That is why, We as teachers should be very careful when correcting, as it could be very dispiriting to get a piece of written work back covered with marks everywhere which can create a visual impact that discourages anyone. In the following pages you will find a piece of work of two students of different levels and the way I made the necessary corrections and recommendations to learners. II. Basic Learner a) Task Profile During the last couple of weeks, we have been practicing the correct identification / capitalization of nouns –Common and Proper- along with prepositions with the objective of using them to describe things correctly while writing. The task I asked the learners was to write a simple composition describing themselves by writing simple things like their age, their likes and dislikes as well as their personal interests; This sample was chosen from that activity done during the class.