Should another month of school be added to the school year?

  • Yes, or students forget what they have learned

    To have three months off school over the summer is ludicrous. It was designed for a time when most Americans were farmers and the time was needed to help on the farm. This is no longer the case so the practice of taking a whole summer off is out of date.

    If students take that length of time off they will forget a lot of what they learned so you are not just losing three months. You are losing the first few months of the school year because it is spent revising what was forgotten and you waste the last few months of the year because nothing can be taught as it will all be forgotten.

    Also this large break allows students to get out of practice when it comes to study and learning.

  • if students compete in a global society, time needs to be provided.

    Time in school needs to be time engaged in relevant learning, not more time sitting at a desk having someone lecture to you. These types of critical-thinking and real-world experiences better prepare students. For instance, instead of spending more time in a lab, students can do internships with a related industry, helping to conduct relevant research to find solutions to real problems. The difference between using a textbook or computer simulation versus participating actively in a six-week internship at a company is in-quantifiable. These sorts of learning experiences require more time, not less. Students need more time engaged in the creation and exploration of ideas and experiences that lead to positive socialization and lasting networks.The traditional nine-month contract is what states budget for, and adding to that could be seen as cost-prohibitive, particularly in this economic climate. But longer years would not just extend student class time; it could serve faculty well by supporting time allotted for better planning, professional development and professional learning communities, and other efforts to improve teaching and learning outcomes. While the idea of three months off in summer is purely myth, year-round school calendars might show promise for not only improving teaching and learning, but attracting others to the profession with a year-round income—and the time to collaborate with others to work toward improving one’s skills.“I believe that in the urban setting, longer school years would also help retention of students by reducing mobility. The summer break is a time when students and families move. Their circumstances change and they lose contact with the very strong social and support network that schools provide. When families lose that connection, they have to go elsewhere. “We are already seeing greater graduation expectations in Arizona, as the state standards are going from three to four years of math, and from two to three years of required science. We are diligent with our seniors to make sure they are taking full loads, and not coming to class for a half-day. We are supportive of a strong curriculum for four years that will prepare the student for success in college, career, and life.”

  • An extra month of scoop is great.

    An extra month of school could give teachers a month to review every thing they have gone through. Anyways school can also be more fun like doing equations and learning quan tum physics . Kids would be bored from 2 months of free time Some kids would enjoy this month

  • Students in year-round schools do better, study shows

    "Does taking a two-month summer break put Canadian students at a disadvantage?

    The results of four-year pilot study, obtained by The Globe and Mail, show that children who have only a one-month summer break do better in math, retain more of their lessons and need less time for review.

    This study rides on the tail of a 20-year investigation in the U.S. by researchers at Johns Hopkins University that found children from low-income families fell nearly three grade levels behind their higher-income peers."

    Frederick M. Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies for the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, notes that few countries offer more than seven consecutive weeks of vacation for students--as opposed to the United States' average of thirteen weeks.

    The Pros of a Year Round School or Longer School Day

    Shorter summer breaks mean students are less likely to incur summer learning loss, which may decrease the number of students being served by intervention programs.
    Remediation needs can be addressed during the school year as opposed to during summer programs, possibly decreasing retention rates and decreasing the need to include summer school in local budgets.
    Vacation time can be more evenly distributed throughout the year, making it easier to schedule family vacations and giving students opportunity to regenerate more frequently. This may cut down on the need to re-teach skills after long vacations, allowing teachers to use classroom time more efficiently.
    Families who struggle to find childcare or pay childcare expenses will benefit from such programs as will children who are in sub-par childcare during summer vacation or afterschool.
    The school system would be more like that of other countries, providing students with the ability to have a more global educational experience.

  • We are not a country of farmers anymore.

    The school calendar was designed over 200 years ago when the majority of the country was agriculture. That has changed. Children don't need to go home in May to help with the harvest anymore. If the year was extended, time off could be broken out throughout the calendar. Instead of 2-3 months straight, the kids could have several blocks of 2-3 weeks. It makes more sense for the world today.

  • School is unessacary

    School,is a forced thing thst limits the freedom of all beings forced to go. Not just the children but the parents as well have to send there children a place were they have no control on what there child is learning. If a child needed more time focusing on education he can easily do that at home using tangetive learning not something that has to be forced on them

  • No, not at all

    I'm sorry, but kids should be allowed to be kids for at least SOME of their short childhood. Most of the stuff learned in school is pretty useless. I mean, sure, kids need a background in all areas, but think of how much stuff kids would learn if we had a 10 month school year, K-12, or even 1-12. Do kids really need all of that information? I don't think so. We should instead focus in making sure they have a good background in every subject, and then help them discover what they want to do, by helping them volunteer or get internships/apprenticeships, or take basic college level classes. A 10 month school year is unnecessary though, in my opinion.

  • Hell to the no!!!!!

    Why would someone want another month of school? It would cost extra, AND the kids would be way more tired of life than they are now. Sure, life is unfair, but not that unfair!! So I say "no" to another month of school. And I think all of the children agree with me.

  • No no no

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  • HELL to the NO!!!

    Are you crazy? 10 months of school per year is far too much for a student to handle even if they love to go to school..... Kids need more vacation time in my opinion if this had to happen take off school moths and add them back to more mandatory years of school.

  • As a student with good grades...

    I'm entering my junior year in high school with tough classes, but still earning good grades because I put effort into my own work. Another month of school should not be added because most kids in schools are most likely to slack off anyways. It is just wasting more money and time to teach students that don't want to even learn. However, I do think that setting up a program for those that do bad, but still want to learn would be a good idea.


    As a high school student, ten months of school is already overwhelming enough. We are almost in school all year around. I believe that we should at least have our summer break. Summer break already is even that long. It's really stupid to even thing to add any more days/months to the school year. I'm pretty sure ten months is long enough to be in school and learn what we need to learn for each grade level.

  • Another Month Should Not Be Added

    Students already spend 3/4 of their year in school. If they have school in the Summer, they will be distracted. Students need a break from school. Summer break gives students a time to be free from the constant stress of tests and homework. Students also learn better after having a break from stress, and stress can cause student's grades and focus to decrease.
    Thus, students should not have another month added to the school year.

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Anonymous says2013-04-25T22:25:23.343
Can you guys think about it. We are already way stressed out. Relax to people who wants an extra day of school