Year-round school

      In a recent CNN article it was being discussed whether or not school should run year-round.  This was brought on by America’s low ranks of 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math out of 34 nation and nonnational region.  This study was down by the Program for International Student Assessment.  From the opinion of the author it seems that  “U.S. students are no longer ready to compete against the world’s brightest”.  Only 8 out of the 34 nations that participated in the study have a lower high school graduation rate than the United States.

     To fight this “declining” intelligence some think it would be good to have year round school since America has one of the shortest school years of only 180 days.  So by getting rid of the summer break they belive we could increase our rank.  It was also studied and discovered that during the course of the summer about 1 months worth of information is lost and has to be retaught the next year.  So it seems logical to just do away with summer break and have year round school.

    This problem needs to be fixed, but not by getting rid of summer break.  Summer break is when kids can be kids and have fun and enjoy life.  You can’t take that away from them because if you did they would be going to school for around 8 years straight with little chance to experience life.  Now that may be a little extreme because they will have periodic breaks just like they do now to get away from school.  By taking summer break away kids will just become agitated and won’ want to go to school.  School will become something that they hate and this would be counterproductive because if they hate school why would they try to do good in it.  

      We would also instilling the “knowing that” instead of the”knowing how” that Crawford talks about.  From out discussion in class it seemed that “knowing how” was more important, so why facilitate ‘knowing that”.  Most of my “know how” comes from personal experiences away from school.

     Teachers may not even want to work during the summers.  If they did they will want to be paid more and god forbid we pay teachers a reasonable salary for their work.  It may even push people away from being teachers because they lose one of the great benefits of being a teacher, summer break.  Teachers also need a break from the chaos of school and they would lose that.

    Students would also lose the real-world experiences that come from summer break like having a job or making decisions by yourselves, etc.  They would lose part of the growing up experience that they will need once they graduate from high school or college.  Without it they will just be lost in the world.

   All the blame can’t be put on the students.  The teachers and the system need to take their share of the blame since they are the ones that teach the students and if the students aren’t doing well than maybe the system isn’t working very well either.

      I have my opinions about year-long school and would like to hear your opinions.  For more information visit:


8 Responses to “Year-round school”

  1. 1 klew23 May 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    This topic is very interesting. I truly don’t believe that getting rid of summer break will help at all. I actually believe the affect would be negative, because summer break was a great period of stress relief for me. Not having to worry about work and being able to relax makes the start of the next semester alot less stressful. On the contrary, the break for college may be a bit lengthy, although I am not complaining, because I think it’s much deserved.

  2. 2 ksdavis04 May 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    When I was in elementary school, there was a meeting regarding whether or not our school system should switch to year-round school. I, for one, am happy that they didn’t decide to make school year-round. I think that summer break is essential to being a successful student. Without a break we don’t get a chance to relax and blow some stress off.
    If we didn’t have summer break, children would be more stressed out and that in turn would make them more unhealthy.

  3. 3 maconheikes May 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I agree i cant imangine having school without summer break they may think hey when you work in alot of careers they dont get summers of but no matter the duration we all should get vacation time to release all our stress and be able to work towards something.

  4. 4 catieeppler May 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I think you make a great point about losing real-world experiences by getting rid of summer break. I know that I learned a lot of practical knowledge during the summer. Without that time I think students would just become people that know only random facts. What would happen after they graduate? Would they know how to work with others in a work environment?

  5. 5 mwillsey May 16, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I also agree with everyone that summer break is pretty much of a neccessity for most of us. Not only can we just get out of school and the academic atmosphere for a while, we can do different activities. We don’t have the same psychologial stressors that we do during the school year. Instead, most of us get a job or do some sort of hands on work. Matthew Crawford would probably be proud of us becuase most of us spend tons of our summertime outside. We go to parties and we relax, but we also do stuff with our hands. We do the yardwork, planting, weeding, mowing, and we also build things. This is a time when we wash our cars and pop the hood to fix that small leak that we have been noticing but wasn’t a big enough of a problem to be paid attention to with all of our exams in the spring. We paint the porch, mend the fence and maybe even build something. Summer is a time where we can not only relax from the psychological stressors that plague students throughout the year, it is a time that we can be out, active, and learning with our hands. Our own world of a shop class for our soul.

  6. 6 mdpacifico May 17, 2011 at 12:37 am

    After reading this post I couldn’t help but link it to the major subject of Matthew Crawford’s book. I believe that there are some things that everyone learns outside of school and in the real world. Summer vacation provides students with that opportunity to go out and do things that interest them and learn by doing rather than setting in a classroom. I think that by trying to eliminate summer vacation administrations would also be damaging the balance between classroom learning and the chance for real world learning.

  7. 7 danielledheron May 17, 2011 at 1:15 am

    I think summer breaks are extremely important for numerous reasons. As you said it provides a time where students can get some hands-on and real world experience. It is difficult to intern or work and go to school at the same time, summer break is the prime opportunity to have these experiences. In addition, many people rely on summer breaks in order to earn and save money for college, cars and other expenses. But I think the most important part of having a summer break is that it gives students time to rejuvenate and recenter so that they aren’t so burnt out. Additionally, it gives them more time to indulge in hobbies and activities they dont have time for during the school year, as well as foster their social support groups. If it weren’t for summer breaks I am pretty sure that I would not be nearly as focused or productive during the school year.

  8. 8 rmb2 May 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I cant imagine this either. I feel as though kids need a break from school every once in a while. You cannot keep teaching them for a year straight. Year round school would be the most miserable thing for kids our age. Imagine having to go to school for that long of a period with no breaks. Stress levels in students would sky rocket through the roof! I do not think they should put this rule into effect for the sakes of the children, and their parents.

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