Should schools adopt a year round schedule
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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