Data shows that there is sufficient evidence to consider year round schooling. One reason is to share resources. Bigger bang for your buck. According to Scholastic.com "Schools in fast-growing areas transition to year-round schedules as a way to ease overcrowding. When that occurs, kids are placed on multi-tracks, and alternate tracking in and out of the school, a process that keeps the buildings in constant use."
Additionally research shows that kids lose up to 1/3 of previous knowledge during a 8-10 week summer recess... (insert citation here)
While administrators feel that a full year is better, the LA time proposes another idea in that "For months, students and their parents have argued that a year- round schedule would harm the magnet programs and overall student achievement. "
Some people have a misconception of what year round education really is... IT IS NOT school all year long. What it is, is school that is evenly divided through out the year. "Year-round schooling " many Americans assume that means school all year without any breaks. That is untrue. Just like there are around 180 days of school with the traditional system, there are also around 180 days of school with year-round schooling."pantagraph.com
Year round schooling actually give students and teachers the breaks they need throughout the year. 2 weeks in the fall, 1 month at Christmas, 2 weeks in the spring and 5-6 weeks in the summer. Sounds Great!!!
Students, parents and sometimes teachers are not in agreement with this plan. Some teachers have actually left the district as a result of year long school as stated in an article from the Atlanta Journal. The article goes on to discuss teachers and students feeling "burned out" as a result of attending school for a longer period of the year. This plan would also prevent students from gaining meaningful employment during the summer months when they are not attending the public school system.
Go Year round school....It is really a great way to go!!!!
As a teacher I know I would benefit greatly..."Advocates of year-round calendars have suggested that such systems reduce teacher burnout and decrease the likelihood that students will become stressed, demonstrate ill-discipline, or drop out, and that these schedules may lead to better student retention, as well as improved achievement rates."http://www.hanoverresearch.com...
In a recent poll as stated in the Washington Post "among respondents, those in two-income families with children in school were most likely to oppose year-round schooling, expressing concerns about child care during the nontraditional vacation days that might be assigned." Furthermore teachers who are living in a district that do not include a full year school plan are having to secure child care coverage for their own children during the summer months when they are used to staying home with their children. This extra step a teacher needs to make will affect their overall well being, thus resulting in low morale in his or her job.
Great arguments, however, the trend is to be more not traditional as ever, and we no longer live in an agrarian society so kids don't need to be home all summer wasting their brains away... so go to school and prosper.
Family Education says" students in year-round schools that have everyone on the same track have shown improved achievement scores over those in traditional schools.
While your argument is valid there is also increasing evidence to show that the idea of year round schooling is not going to increase student achievements nor will it be an easy adjustment for students, parents and teachers. According to an article in the New York Times, schools that recently instituted a year round school plan did not improve achievement scores or ratings as compared to other schools in the state.