Year Round Schooling (With Medium-Length breaks periodically)
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Year-Round Schooling is a better alternative to Partial-Year Schooling.
More curriculum is covered because there is less time spent reviewing the learning lost over the three month summer vacation, and learning time can be creatively used to incorporate seasonal learning. (http://www.cde.ca.gov...)
The Cons of a Year Round School or Longer School Day
"School maintenance costs, including day-to-day upkeep and utilities, can increase up to 10 percent if schools are open for longer. (Silva, 2007).
"Students who have difficulty with attention, either due to disability or because young elementary students are not developmentally ready to attend for longer periods of time are unlikely to get more out of a longer school day. This, too, may increase the amount of behavioral issues in the classroom.
"Teens who need to work to help support themselves or make money for college may have difficulty holding or finding a job. (Silvernail & Bickford, 2009)
"Budgets and staffing issues simply may not allow for extended school programs. Many schools already struggle to pay teachers a competitive wage, making it hard to keep high quality teachers. The cost of teaching as a full-time endeavor may not be feasible either locally or federally.
"Multi-tracking programs mean that parents could possibly have students on different schedules.
"After school activities, such as sports or the arts may suffer or get lost in the shuffle (or budget) if school days are longer.
"Students in year round school may miss out on opportunities to spend time with children of other ages and/or learn about nature as typical summer camp experiences may no longer be a part of the childhood experience.
Here Is Round Two:
-Parents, teachers and students need to be able to focus on children learning as much as they can from school. Following the agricultural type of calendar does not maximize learning time for students. http://www.lifescript.com...
-When public schooling first became available to students, our society was mainly agricultural and children were needed during the summer months to help maintain and gather crops. Today’s society is a technological society and there is no longer a demand for child labor during the three month summer vacation. Nowadays, many students work a part time job or spend their summer at home alone while parents work. http://www.lifescript.com...
-The major benefit of year-round education is that it facilitates continuous learning as the students are not ever out of school for a long period of time. As a result, the students forget less over the shorter breaks, and teachers spend less time reviewing pre-vacation material. Another real benefit of year-round education is that schools can offer an extra session of remedial and enrichment classes to some of the students between sessions. http://school.familyeducation.com...
-The most popular form of year-round education is the 45-15 plan, where students attend school for 45 days and then get three weeks (15 days) off. The usual holiday breaks are still built into this calendar. Two other ways to organize a school calendar are the 60-20 and the 90-30 plans. http://www.nea.org...
-But, according to the National Association for Year-Round Education, more than 2.3 million U.S. public school students attended year-round schools in the 2002-03 school year. The number has steadily grown since the 1986-87 school year, when only about 360,000 students were enrolled in year-round schools. http://www.edweek.org...
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