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Year Round Schooling,Would it make a Difference?

Updated on July 6, 2011

Every once in a while I hear on the news about law makers considering making the school year all year long. Year round schooling is certainly not anew concept as year long schools have been around as long as 1992. As a parent I understand the importance of an education but how much is too much? Certainly we can look at our education system to make it better , but is it necessary for children to go all year long? People are predicting that 5 Million pupils will be going to school year round. One survey states that in 2008 2.5 million students were already enrolled in the year round program.

Throughout the article I have read the fact that kids are losing what they learned over the summer months keeps coming up. There has been some research to support this. Doris R. Entwisle, Karl L. Alexander and Linda Steffel Olson of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, who have tracked Baltimore schoolchildren since 1982 have been publishing their findings since 1997. They broke their research down into social economic groups and watched how they did on testing. Their findings were overall favorable. In 2007 they found that students regardless of their socio economic standing had grades improved. They averaged an increase of 195 points on reading comprehension tests.

Year round schooling is a trend that is sweeping the United States. Some states that already have this schedule are California, Arizona, Arkansas, Virginia, North Carolina and Texas. Over 3000 schools have year round scheduling.

What does the year long school schedule look like? Some sites suggest that there is are breaks for all four seasons. And this does not include some holidays. . I looked around at various year long school sites. I compared Arkansas and California. I came up with an average of 40 days off total a year. That is about 20 days difference to the non year long schools

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Some say we should keep kids in school more so we can compete globally. U.S. schools rank 14th in Reading and 25th in Math among industrialized countries, and have one of the shortest school years at 180 days a year.

There is a push on a national level to increase the school year in all schools. Many people believe we are not just competing on a national scale but a global scale. Other countries are already clocking in well over 200 school days a year.

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Why isn't year round school popular?

Some parents are saying that valuable lessons can be learned out of the school setting, such as on camping trips. Parents state year long schooling would also complicate the family vacation. One big issue with this concept is money. Simply put it costs more money to run schools all year long. One article cited Las Vegas as a prime example. They abandoned the year round schooling idea because their budget was short. The cutback and the three month summer vacation saved them over 13 million dollars. Salt Lake School district in Utah is also considering going back to the traditional school year.

Also teachers may think of this schedule as exhausting. Contracts would have to be rewritten and agreed upon. Summer activities such as vacation and even summer employment would be difficult. Extra curricular activities would also be a more difficult task due to the fragmented schedule.

How does the United States Compare to the rest of the world?

Looking round the internet I have found articles upon articles that state US Students are not even close in competing with other students of the world. The Program for International Student Assessment study have ranked 15 year olds in the United States as 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math. This was a study done with 34 other countries.

A study was done in 2002 by Richard Lynn. He wrote the book IQ and the Wealth of Nations. In it he summarized the average IQ's of 82 countries. The United States was 19th in this list. (you can view the list below in the links section)

So how smart do we have to be? Is it worth taking our children's summers? I am sure this is a controversy that will not be resolved soon. Please take time to vote in the polls above and leave a comment below!


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      Boo McCourt 6 years ago from Washington MI

      I think if we had all year round schooling some parents would have fits and others would be happy. I think the kids need the break though. Perhaps shorter ones inbetween like suggested would be better. Thoughtful article.

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      jojokaya 6 years ago from USA

      I do not like to push children too much when they were young but definitely school system in USA need more school hours.

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      SUSIE DUZY 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      I think it's a good idea, if the schooling in the summer is outside and involves nature and swimming.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      I'd like to see better teaching during the school year that already exists.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland


      In the UK I don't think there are plans to have schooling all year round. But the break at summer (in Scotland) is only 6 weeks now, compared to 7 weeks a few years ago and sometimes 8 weeks back in the 1970's. I think there are pro's and con's for both sides of the argument. The curriculum might be exhausting for teachers, but then every other profession has to work all year long as well and they just have to get on with it, so teachers would have to do the same. I would be more concerned about the kids - especially the very young ones being 'burned out'. In addition socialising and play time is very important for self-development so this would need to be considered as well.

      Great hub, fascinating subject.

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      Well in India it is as good as year round school and day round too. Even very small children of class 4, go to schoolk from 7 am ( their schoolk bus come at that time ) to 3 pm, then they would go to private tutions from 4 pm or so to 7 PM then they still have school homework to do. They have a one month break now in summers ( we had 2) and during those days too they are taking private tutions. Childhood is lost between school and private tutions. No i donot support more school time for children. Infact i support lighter school bags and less school time than children have to go through here in India.

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      Michelle 6 years ago from Connecticut

      I have worked at my school for almost 10 years, and they have always been a year round school, although part of it I believe is because half the population lives on campus. I never went to school during the summer either, but I always read a lot. We did the "family vacation" thing for maybe a week because my parents still worked, so my brother and I were home with our grandmother most of the time. But there were always trips to the bookstore and library - not just during the summer, but all year round.

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Do you know if other students around the world do school year-round? I wasn't enrolled in school during the summer, but my mom always gave my brother and I little fun workbooks to keep our minds fresh for the new school year... I think it helped keep us excited about learning :)

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      Michelle 6 years ago from Connecticut

      I work in a year round school in NY - it's a residential/day treatment special education school. We do have vacations - we follow the school calendar of the next town over. Right now I am finishing up a three week vacation, then return for a 6-week summer program with two weeks off at the end of August before starting the new school year in September. Our summer program is a little looser than the regular school year - no uniforms, no hw, more trips. The main academic focus is reading and math, otherwise the rest of the curriculum is theme based with more outdoor activities planned.