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  • More breaks, and more education, all in one!!

    In America, we are only required to have 180 school days a year. Having the school year begin in September and end sometime in August, means that we as students are allowed to more frequently take shorter breaks in the year. Doing so, would eliminate boredom in the summer because of working parents, and would eliminate stress. So much stress comes out of nonstop projects and homework, but with more breaks around the year, students can be more productive an less stressed, with better quality work.

  • Yes, Yes, Yes

    So many kids spend their entire 2 1/2 months bored at home because its to hot to go outside, they can't afford vacation, and their parents are working 24/7. Half of our current school year is spent on review. 1/4 is spent on learning, and the last 1/4 of the of the year, the kids are on free rein. Now think about it, is our school plan really realistic? Summer break was created so that the kids could go back home and help out on the farm, but unless you live on a farm, there really isn't any excuse.


    ( these are the exact words of a 6th grade student )

    Posted by: Ingo
  • Yes, the school year should be longer. If the U.S. is to remain a dominant economy in the world, a longer school year would not hurt the cause.

    The United States is always falling behind when it comes down to its economy and the test scores of its students in comparison to other countries like the Netherlands, Switzerland, Indian, China, and Japan. Most of the poor testing by U.S. students is in the subjects of science, math, and reading. All of the countries that have their students test higher than U.S. students have longer school years than the U.S.

  • Good for u!

    I have to do a research report on it and I found out so much that I started studying in the summer!! Americans are failing in studies just because of SUMMER VACATION!!!! Now you better agree!!!! If you think that America is so smart with their gadgets and everything, think about it when I say that we are the 36TH smartest country in the world!!!! That is not good!!!!!!

  • The school year should be extended.

    Many of students in the US might disagree, but the scores on final exams say otherwise. 86%. That's the percentage of how much the scores on final exams went down last year. Do you know why??? Because studies have shown that during summer vacation, kids tend to forget almost everything they've learned that year. Although, even I would want something to go with this. Maybe something like 3-day weekends (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays off), and a longer spring break. Now can we all agree on something???

  • The school year should be extended.

    Many of students in the US might disagree, but the scores on final exams say otherwise. 86%. That's the percentage of how much the scores on final exams went down last year. Do you know why??? Because studies have shown that during summer vacation, kids tend to forget almost everything they've learned that year. Although, even I would want something to go with this. Maybe something like 3-day weekends (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays off), and a longer spring break. Now can we all agree on something???

  • Yes, as getting back into the lead in education should be a working priority, not an expected result.

    Yes, It has been shown that we do currently spend more hours in school than many of the leading countries, but the problem we are facing is that we are still not meeting international standards, that are being put in place by many European and Asian Countries. Our problem not only lies in the Amount of time put into education, but the quality of education being provided. Adding more time will help some of the problem, but not all. But it is a great start to begin adding more educational time, as that will hopefully lead to a more qualified or educated teaching force. Another advantage of extending the school year is security. Many of the troubled students of the U.S. are so because of the lack of support and safety in a home environment. By extending the school year, We would be giving those children a chance to have somewhere good to go, and get quality nutritious meals. I know that many of the Anti-supportive arguments are saying that students and teachers "Need a break". That is true, and many of the programs being suggested to help out with schooling aren't taking any time away, they are just spreading it out. This helps us to remove the problem of loosing of knowledge over long breaks. No family time would be lost, it would just be more spread out, which in that instance can be useful.

  • Yes.

    I feel as with all of these off days and long vacation days that school years should be longer, the longer children stay out of school the more they forget information so that when its time for them to go back to school they will have to relearn more than fifty percent of what they learned from the year before.

  • Longer school year!

    The fact the countries that are beating the USA, in all the areas we once dominated, have longer school years speaks volumes! How can we automatically assume that a longer school year won't work, when we obviously see the contrary working in those countries where it works. Let's try it!

  • A Longer School Year Improves Academics and Protects Against Weight Gain.

    According to CNN, considerable research shows that the primary reason the achievement gap between poor children and their more affluent peers widens over the course of their school careers is the long break in learning over the summer. During the school year, disadvantaged children manage to catch up somewhat to more advantaged students. But during the summer, they lose those gains while their more advantaged peers -- whose parents can afford to arrange for summer enriching activities -- maintain theirs. And a persistent achievement gap among children only leads to economic and social gaps that continue into adulthood. If we extend the school year, then we help get rid of the educational gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged students. The National Summer Learning Association cites decades of research that shows students' test scores are higher in the same subjects at the beginning of the summer than at the end. In addition, students have been shown to do better on the MCAs when school days are extended. In the first year of Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time Initiative to extend their school days by 25%, the number of students who got "proficient" scores rose 44 percent in math, and 39 percent in language arts.

    Also, time outside of school causes weight gain. A longer school year would give poor children more access to school-provided healthy meals. According to Ohio State University statistician Paul von Hippel, children gain weight two or three times faster during summer vacation than during the school year. So it looks like the schools aren’t the problem after all, or at least not a big part of the problem. Children would weigh a lot more it weren’t for the time that they spend in school. Von Hippel conducted a study in which they used survey data to look at weight gain in a sample of 5,000 children in 300 schools. If schools were the source of the problem, they would have expected to find that children gain weight more quickly during the school year than during summer vacation. But their findings indicated that summer vacation was the problem. It may be normal for kids to gain weight, but a lot of them are gaining too quickly, and most of that excess weight gain is taking place during the summer. And excess weight gain is serious--according to the Center for Disease Control, childhood obesity can have a harmful effect on the body in a variety of ways. Obese children are more likely to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Also, they have increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, breathing problems, joint problems and musculoskeletal discomfort, fatty liver disease, gallstones, and type 2 diabetes. Obese children and adolescents also have a greater risk of social and psychological problems, such as discrimination and poor self-esteem, which can continue into adulthood.

  • No, it shouldn't

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  • No ,the school year shouldn't be longer !

    If the school year is longer it will take away all students vacation & plus it would cause school to loose children , some will not attend and dropouts would increase big time . A longer school year would cause a lot of peer pressure and it would decrease family time

  • No ,the school year shouldn't be longer !

    If the school year is longer it will take away all students vacation & plus it would cause school to loose children , some will not attend and dropouts would increase big time . A longer school year would cause a lot of peer pressure and it would decrease family time

  • No ,the school year shouldn't be longer !

    If the school year is longer it will take away all students vacation & plus it would cause school to loose children , some will not attend and dropouts would increase big time . A longer school year would cause a lot of peer pressure and it would decrease family time

  • Less School Days

    The school year is long already and we need a break. We spend our whole child hood going to school and you can barley do anything in the summer because it is to hot out. Also school tires everyone out and we do NOT need any more of it. Again we do NOT need more school days.

  • Less School Days

    The school year is long already and we need a break. We spend our whole child hood going to school and you can barley do anything in the summer because it is to hot out. Also school tires everyone out and we do NOT need any more of it. Again we do NOT need more school days.

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Anonymous says2013-02-25T16:10:43.600
there shold be more school days
Anonymous says2013-04-02T19:09:09.403
I donot think we should have school because
they need breaks because they need a little time off they ussaly wiilll have stress because of school and homework is another problem
the kids need time to themselfs
Anonymous says2013-05-19T05:51:33.627
Time outside of school causes weight gain. A longer school year would give poor children more access to school-provided healthy meals. According to Ohio State University statistician Paul von Hippel, children gain weight two or three times faster during summer vacation than during the school year. So it looks like the schools aren’t the problem after all, or at least not a big part of the problem. Children would weigh a lot more it weren’t for the time that they spend in school. Von Hippel conducted a study in which they used survey data to look at weight gain in a sample of 5,000 children in 300 schools. If schools were the source of the problem, they would have expected to find that children gain weight more quickly during the school year than during summer vacation. But their findings indicated that summer vacation was the problem. It may be normal for kids to gain weight, but a lot of them are gaining too quickly, and most of that excess weight gain is taking place during the summer. And excess weight gain is serious--according to the Center for Disease Control, childhood obesity can have a harmful effect on the body in a variety of ways. Obese children are more likely to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Also, they have increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, breathing problems, joint problems and musculoskeletal discomfort, fatty liver disease, gallstones, and type 2 diabetes. Obese children and adolescents also have a greater risk of social and psychological problems, such as discrimination and poor self-esteem, which can continue into adulthood.
The impact here is clear: Longer school years would help children eat healthier and combat weight gain, therefore helping the overall health of our society in the long-run.