One major benefit of year-round schooling is the students’ retention rates are increased. Taking shorter breaks rather than one large break over the summer keeps the learning process ongoing with minimal disruption. As a result, the students are able to retain the material he or she has learned throughout the school year. Less time away from the classroom, results in less time spent reviewing material that has already been taught. The students and the teachers can make use of the school day by teaching and learning new material, instead of wasting time reviewing lessons learned the previous school year.
Is there really solid evidence to show that moving from a traditional calendar to a year-round calendar increases student achievement? Vanessa St. Gerard writes about the many benefits year-round schools purportedly have to offer in her article, Year-Round Schools Look Better All the Time.” St. Gerard references increased efficiency in year-round schools: “the end result which is achieved by making this change is usually a better use of time and resources for all of the stakeholders who are involved here” (St. Gerard, 2007, p. 56). Teachers and students are able to make better use of their time and resources in year-round schools because they don’t have to fight “summer learning loss” (St. Gerard, 2007, p. 57). St. Gerard notes a 1996 study by Harris M. Cooper in which all of the observed students lost skills in math and spelling and many also lost reading skills during their traditional summer vacations. The alternative, year-round schedule promoted by supporters such as the National
Adam Ismond Cheri Brown ENG 0950, Section 116 31 July 2012 The Nontraditional Student’s Success Nontraditional students are more motivated to succeed in getting their education. These students have everything on the line, and for most of them, there are no other options. Some educators believe that students who graduated from high school should get a job for a few years and learn the importance of being self-reliant in order to see what an education can do for them. This was stated by Andrew Braaksma, the author of “Some Lessons from the Assembly Line.” The nontraditional student can have a higher success rate than a traditional student. A nontraditional student generally has more responsibilities than the traditional student.
The notion of spending more time in school is not “wildly popular”, but necessary." (A) When you compare the length of Japans school year to that of the United States it's evident that we're at huge disadvantage. It's crucial for the secretary of Education and for the government to extend the school year by either lengthening the school day, or shortening summer vacation in order for US students to score at the same range as other countries. Not only will it benefit the students, but it will benefit their parents as well by allowing them to have ample time to further their own education or to put in more hours at work When you ask a 1st place marathon runner how much time they spent training at the gym and compare it to the response from the runner who placed last, their responses will be in stark contrast from each other. The same concept applies towards the student who scores a 32 on the ACT compared with a student who scored a 22.
One long summer break is definitely needed. Having shorter breaks throughout the year would mean less involvement in school organized activities. At least half of the students in our school are involved in some sort of these activities that only take place on school days. At our school the field hockey and soccer team start at the end of summer, but with three shorter breaks you would be completely forgetting about those activities during break. Some of these activities are sports, instrumental lessons, and the after school program.
In 2001, that number had grown to about 1.7 million. (Teen Scene) This number could have grown for many personal or non personal reasons, but what I feel about home schooled being a positive situation, is that the student doing this type of education, can learn time management, self motivation, and independence for themselves in the future. It could help them be able to grow up and learn things on their own and to be more independent for themselves. They could also feel more comfortable around their people during home school, rather then feeling uncomfortable arounds strangers in a public school or the fear of not getting along with anyone. Being around people that we know, makes us feel more comfortable in the environment that we could be in.
Being two weeks, it is easier to travel with friends or family and enjoy vacation without having to worry about its shortness. Also, students have more time to spend on activities or hobbies like skating, baking cookies, or being highly motivated on not doing anything. Even though it is harder to jump back into school mode with a long gap, students find it easier to mentally and physically prepare for the future’s busy schedule. Being engage in learning requires time for students to recover from their festive activities. With two days off, students may be too distracted reminiscing about what they had done before school, but with fourteen more days added they can arrange and settle their minds for the school activities.
When having school with like that, students will have a better knowledge, the effects on the budget for the high school they’re not sitting empty for months during the summer break, when lights are on still, so we could put them into use. Teachers could get paid more money than they are, and get paid for the whole year and just not a quarter, than they don’t teach for 3-4 months, depending on the break, and gives kids to get the knowledge that they need, and the teachers the pay they need. Last but not least, Students who attend school year-round are able to retain more knowledge and move along at a steadier pace than students who follow the regular school year. Summer infects a lot of the learning loss on students enrolled in regular school programs. 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.
The other side claims that year round school is essential for some, since student often forget a lot during the summer break. Nonetheless, Year round school is definitely not the answer, because it creates family conflict, it creates social problem, and it takes away job opportunities for students during the summer. Year round schooling has been reported to create family conflict due to the change in schedule. The reason why this has become a controversy for families, because children may not be on the same schedule as their sibling. One sibling might be enjoying his or her two month break while the other has to sit in class working.
High school relationships can easily have a positive and negative effect on the success of students. Friends can help each other with school work or they can distract and slow each other down, it depends on the student’s personality. It would be very difficult to be a high school student if you had a negative attitude towards school, because you would not be dedicated enough to complete homework, or to hand assignments in on time. A lack of sleep and nutrition makes it difficult for students to function fully during class, to succeed you must be wide awake and ready for each class. Extra-curricular activities are a good way for students to get even more involved with school, and usually give students a positive reputation.