Summer - 14 Days Or 2 Months

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Summer: 15 Days or 2 Months? The final bell rings. It’s the last day of school, and summer has finally come! Students don’t have to think about school for at least another 2 months. That is the way it has always been in Canada, and it should remain that way. Yet many school boards are thinking about switching to the European system of education, where long summer breaks are a thing of the past, and are replaced by several 15 day breaks evenly spaced throughout the school year. Many experts argue the benefits from this sort of year-round system. Even so, schools in Nova Scotia should continue using the traditional calendar and not a year-round schedule. There numerous downsides far outweigh the positives. Year round schooling has no real positive effects on learning, it adds to the costs to run a school, and it disrupts the long-awaited summer vacation that both students and teachers need. Contrary to the well-accepted belief, year-round schooling has no positive impact on students education. Most year-round schedules use the 45-15 method: 45 days of school followed by 15 days off. Because of this, there are many first and last days of school. All those transitions disrupt the learning process, and decrease the amount of days that students are actually learning. Also, there is no evidence to suggest that students of year round systems have higher test scores. School boards who have switched to a year-round model have not reported any significant increase in grades or graduation rates. Due to this, many schools that change to year-round schedules end up switching back. For example, since 1980, 95 percent of schools that tried the year-round schedule changed back to a traditional calendar. It is obvious that changing to year-round schooling does not help students’ achievement. Like any other facility, keeping a school open requires a great deal of money.

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