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Year round school: inconvenient or beneficial?

Year round schooling is inconvenient for students and parents

By Eden Wild

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The most common school year in the US is a year that lasts from August or September until May or June. There are advantages and disadvantages to changing to a year-round school schedule.

Year round school is something that is slowly becoming more popular in the United States. Being in school all year, but having a few more small breaks may seem like a good solution, but it is actually just an inconvenience. These schools tend to be overcrowded, overpriced and overwhelming. It is thought that year round schools have smarter students because of the lack of one long break (summer break), but studies show otherwise.

An Ohio State University sociologist found that after a full year, test scores improved about the same amount for year-round school students as they did for traditional nine-month school students. This means that parents are paying more and students are in school longer for the same education level that traditional school has to offer.

 Because year round school is comprised of more frequent, but shorter breaks, the summer vacation time is also shorter than normal. This may be a benefit to working parents, but summer vacations are very essential for students. The break allows them to mature and to reboot their minds and bodies before heading back into a busy schedule.

The expenses of year round school would add up very quickly. Paying for maintenance and air conditioning or heating year round would get very expensive. Sitting in sweaty and hot or freezing cold classrooms should not be an option. This is not safe or healthy for students. With traditional nine-month school, air conditioning and maintenance are not used during the summer break, giving the school time off from paying those bills.

Overall, year round schooling introduces new inconveniences and expenses in exchange for test scores that are not any better than traditional school.

Year round school promotes effective and successful for students

By Karli Burns

Year-round school is very rare in the United States but is common in the countries around the world, such as Brazil and Australia. Even though these countries attend year-round school, the schedules of these schools are varied: students in Australia attend school from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (six and a half hours) and eat lunch with their peers in school, while in Brazil students only attend school from 7 a.m. to noon (five hours) then go home to eat lunch with their family. While year-round school seems somewhat obnoxious to Americans, there are benefits to this way of schooling, like teaching kids real life experience/lessons when dealing with constant commitments and responsibilities, helping students to keep from not forgetting information over summer break and avoiding a waste in time.

As year-round school benefits students and their ability to enjoy and understand learning, it also benefits the use of student’s life. Because they attend year-round school,  students are constantly taking in knowledge and achieving the understanding of their material. This means that when they graduate their minds will be ready to go straight into college. From there they should be ready to enter the workforce immediately. With the experience of being enrolled in school year-round, the workforce or college should be no dramatic change, and therefore, they can adapt better than kids that are used to getting a big break during the year.

Most to almost all of schools in America operate on a 10 month plan/schedule; this was established when America was still an agrarian country. But as times have changed, year-round schools have been established, which operate on a 180 days per year schedule, with three weeks of breaks in between. This helps students want to work hard in school because they know they only will have to learn and do well until they have three weeks off. This always gets them excited about learning because when they are cooped up in their homes with no schedules, and they crave activity and to be around kids their own age. Having only three weeks for break instead of three months is a shorter amount of time to forget material.

For every new school year, teachers and students agree that the first or second month of the beginning of a new school year is spent getting back in routine. For most classrooms this means reviewing information from last year that students have not remembered or fully understand. This month or two is wasted on old information that the students were already supposed to know. After a majority of the class shows the understanding of this past information, then teachers can move on to the new criteria and even after that some still don’t understand criteria that is needed to apply to new information.

For the fun three months that summer gives students of carefree fun, it also lessens their ability to perform at average in classroom and testing situations. Year-round school provides the idea that students and teachers can have fun but also learn and excel in school. It gives students the opportunity to be ready for their future such as college and a job. It can also be intriguing to students who have always had to summer to be on a strict more organized scheduled way of schooling. This way of schooling has improved teachers reputations, students scores, and schooling tactics as a whole. In today’s world year round schooling will most likely be the primary way of schooling in around a decade.

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Abigail Stark
Abigail Stark
My name is Abigail Stark. I am a sophomore and a first year staff member. I enjoy writing opinion and review articles, and look forward to a successful year!

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