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Should schools adopt a year round schedule

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Started: 2/13/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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alexluis

Con

Schools should not adopt a year round schedule because school can really depress a kid after a while with no long breaks and it would also interfere with summer activities and camps. Adopting a year round school schedule will also cost lots of money that schools simply do not have.
Josephrusconi

Pro

A year round schedule could mean two things, for the point of this argument I will explain both.

1. A school year with absolutely no breaks in the time, continuing for up to 9-10 months at a time. Which is a version of what is present in America now.
Or
2. A 4-term year, with 2-3 week breaks every 10 or so weeks, which is present in Australia (Where I live)
I will argue the second point.

In Australia we have 4 ten week terms, with a final break of most of December and January to separate the years. Every 9-10 weeks we have a 2 week break, and depending on your school it may be 3 weeks. This is ultimately the better system. The term divide up the subjects and the two week breaks allow for substantial revision (or partying) in the holidays.

The two week holiday, allows the student to relax and regain their energy before going back to school to begin another term.
As to the 'co-curricular' side of things, these are merely undertaken after the school days and on the weekends. It is much easier in Australia to get into a major league side without competing in a High School side.
Debate Round No. 1
alexluis

Con

Year round schools do not boost learning. Finland has the best education in the whole world based on their international test scores. Finnish teachers only work about 570 hours throughout the school year compared to the 1,100 hours that U.S. teachers work. This proves that just because students go to school for longer periods of time does not mean that their test scores will improve.

Students look forward to the long summer break and usually plan for activities or even jobs to earn some money because that is what they are used to. A year round school in the U.S. does not add anymore days to the 180 day school calendar, it simply spreads out school days as well as vacation days. Summer break also serve as a morale boost because students look forward and think that they only have to try hard for "just a few more weeks". Studies show that students with year round school schedules improve their test scores at the same rate as a student with a traditional school calendar.

Summer break refreshes and does not affect test scores at all compared to the year round schedule, therefore the year round schedule would not be that beneficial.
Josephrusconi

Pro

1. We are not talking about the Finland system of schooling. A contributing fact to their success would be the reform of their teaching system. We are merely discussing the length of time at school

2. It is just as easy to work in a job, or have social outings after school days on on the weekends. A 3 month break is irrelevant to the completion of 'out of school' activities.

3. If summer break serves as morale for students to achieve better, would you not want that morale to be repeated 4 times during the year? The truth is in Australia holidays being more frequent allow for more 'relaxing' time and the replenishment of energy.

4. The only reason the 'year-round' schedules would benefit you is the breaking up of holidays. The time spent at school is the same but it is spread out, allowing for a more sustained education.
Debate Round No. 2
alexluis

Con

The amount of money that schools are given has been getting lower and lower over the past couple of years. Schools have been making tons of budget cuts. The money they have should not go into adopting a longer schedule but into hiring better educators that can teach a two terms worth of work in just one. Schools can get the money by shortening the school schedule instead of adding days or spreading it out. Most people would say that they would preffer a better education to a longer education.
Josephrusconi

Pro

Josephrusconi forfeited this round.
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