The Instigator
isaacbock
Pro (for)
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alex0828
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No Summer Vacation

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 8/18/2011 Category: Education
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Voting Period
Viewed: 2,619 times Debate No: 17955
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isaacbock

Pro

I think that that there should be no summer vacation during the school year, just more shorter breaks like Easter break. Every year kids lose more than one months worth of education during summer vacation. If kids continue to have summer vacation, our nation will fall even farther behind in the worlds education statistics.
alex0828

Con

I will be arguing that Students need a summer break for various reasons. Good luck to Pro and i look forward to this debate.
Debate Round No. 1
isaacbock

Pro

Did you know that in elementary school, middle school, and high school combined, kids lose about 1 year of knowledge in the United States. The school year is only about 9 months, meaning that 1 year of knowledge is equivalent to 1-1/2 school years. The United States was also awarded a very low ranking by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, a low 487 in math, 500 hundred in reading, and 502 in science. The highest possible points awarded was 1,000. That shows how bad the United States is doing. Also, if people are concerned about going to school more, they don't have to worry. If school was year round, there would be the exact same number of days as a normal school year. There would just be a lot of shorter breaks instead of one big long one. Hooray for school year round!

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alex0828

Con

I would like to thank Pro for his argument. Now to begin

Ranking

The educational ranking argument that my opponent offers is invalid. The OECD average is
Science:500 Reading:492 Math:498
This would put the United States barely below the average, but my opponent does not show any statistics that prove that year round school will help students. Sure, the US does not have the best education system in the world, but how does a 9 month school year cause a problem?

Pro does not offer any evidence or statistics that prove that year round schools will raise the level of education in America.

My own argument

Kids need to have a time of the year where they are not structured and told what to do week after week. When children are young, they need to have a time of the year where they can develop at their own speed. This helps the child grow in their own way at their own pace. It also sometimes allows kids to mingle with kids who are older or younger than themselves. This allows more diversity in the child's life. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics believes that children need a break from the structure and routine of school for a few months every year.
The final point I will make is this.
Having a job during the school year as a teenager is very difficult since high school is very demanding. The summer gives us a time where we can get a job, which will give us real world experience that we will need later on in life.

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Debate Round No. 2
isaacbock

Pro

Thank you Con for your argument.

As my opponent claims,
"The educational ranking argument that my opponent offers is invalid. The OECD average is Science:500 Reading:492 Math:498"

Really, it is my opponents mistake. My information was collected from the 2010 statistics, while my opponents was collected from 2009 data. Also, my opponent gathered information on the OECD Average, not the United States scores.

In my opponents argument, he said, "Kids need to have a time of the year where they are not structured and told what to do week after week." I agree wholeheartedly with this. As I said in Round 2, kids would be in school the same amount of time. They wouldn't be laboring away the whole year. Breaks would be spaced throughout the whole year evenly.

Even President Obama and Arne Duncan, Education Secretary agree with school year round.

Lastly, my opponent said, "Having a job during the school year as a teenager is very difficult since high school is very demanding." If year round schooling was approved, students would have less homework and less stress because the curriculum would be extended throughout the whole year.

http://www.theatlantic.com...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com...

http://www.time.com...
alex0828

Con

alex0828 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by alex0828 5 years ago
alex0828
SO SORRY i didnt respond. Hurricane Irene just hit my area and we have been prepping for that and having internet problems because of it. Because of that I havent had time to write my argument. I urge voters not to vote on this debate if possible. OR if possible to vote solely on round 2.
Posted by alex0828 5 years ago
alex0828
Isaac, saying that there would be less stress because everything is spread out makes no sense. Kids would still go 180 days a year. Also, since you're pro, you are supposed to offer new evidence, not simply refute my argument.
Posted by Ore_Ele 5 years ago
Ore_Ele
lol, try this debate at the beginning of summer break.
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Vote Placed by jimtimmy 5 years ago
jimtimmy
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Reasons for voting decision: Agree with Con, but Pro won debate