Schools should use the 45/15 plan
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Source: www.nea.org (National Education Association)
The mind is like a muscle in your arm. When a student is taught something, the student will benefit greatly from quickly jumping back to the material within a shorter span of time. This isn't so much of a problem if the lesson/subject/etc. can be taught over a few weeks but when you get older it takes more time to cover material.
I have been studying World War II since August in my high school and we just got into the Battle of Midway. If we would have taken those three weeks off between, for example the first and second semesters, students are no doubt (most, but unlikely all) going to forget many aspects of the European theater that is covered before the Pacific War.
This goes for other subjects as well. In English, literature studies can start to take time to cover. Etc.
It doesn't fit in sports as well either. High school sports are focused around school operations and although it doesn't seem to factor much in this situation, it can still bare problems.
Also, it is not uncommon for families to vacation during these breaks and especially during summer vacation. Schools across the United States (and probably the globe) do not start on the same day. For instance, schools in New York (which has adapted Common Core, which requires all students in New York that are eligible to take the Regents exam to take it on the same days) start on the approximately the same day (between September 1st and September 10th usually) and schools in Pennsylvania start around the 20th of August.
Having lived in New York and Pennsylvania, I can first hand confirm that the dates of school starts are accurate.
Further backup details about city-wide and statewide testing/assessments in New York can be found here:
Again, these are just some examples.
My opponent also stated that the mind is like a muscle in your arm, and that the student would benefit from quickly jumping back in within a shorter span of time. An easy solution to this would to just assign, say a packet, to the student over the break and if they complete it when they return to school then they could earn extra credit.
Different schools could also start the school year on different days so the breaks would be scattered for different schools, or different school districts. I used to live in Pennsylvania, and now live in Arizona, the starting dates are widely spread where in Arizona the start date was August fourth and in Pennsylvania school usually starts after labor day so about the beginning of September.
In "traditional" school (normal school calender) the school is finding that the summer break is too long, and it takes about one to one and a half months to have the students play catch up.
Summer break is too much of a important time period for school systems to reevaluate.
What if some schools adopt a 45/15 plan and others around it do not? They're division [for sports] would have problems definitely amongst other things.
Students arrive in college at around the same time of year as well.
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