Monday, October 5, 2015

What is year-round school?

When students hear “year round school,” they cringe. They automatically assume that it means more school and less breaks. However, in reality there are no more days required than in a regular 10-month school schedule. Most schools that implement year-round school use the 45-15 plan, which requires students to attend school for 45 consecutive days, then they are out of school for 15 consecutive days. This allows for more breaks between instead of only getting out for holidays and summer break. There are many arguments for and against year-round school.
An argument for it is the retention rate could increase. When students are out of school for the entire summer, they tend to forget what they have learned the previous year. This causes teachers to have to review information from the previous year before moving on to new information, which takes away valuable time. However, with year-round school students will be away from school for shorter amounts of time, so they would have less time to forget. Also, it leaves less time when the school is unoccupied and unused. A third argument is that remedial classes could be taken during the school year, which is when students truly need it. A major argument is school breaks, as was said before.
As with any other controversial topic, there are arguments against it as well. One of these is that it’s hard for some students to keep up with their work. For example, if you start learning something and then take a break in the middle of it, it makes it harder to get back into the lesson. Also, extracurricular activities suffer due to the random scheduling. Students also cannot have a summer job due to not being out for the entire summer, and this is how a lot of students earn money. The year-round schedule makes it difficult on parents as well. Many parents with younger children in school have a hard time finding daycare for the days they do not attend school.
Based on these pros and cons, what do you think about year-round school?
--Kara Kelso, Whitnee Guthrie, & Haley Robinson

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