The time has come to make a decision of whether to keep the same school system of 9 months of straight schooling and a long 2.5 months of summer break or an all-year round school. Are you for or against it?
If you are in the Commonwealth of Virginia, make your voice count in this survey which is due tomorrow:
Let TheMomsBuzz know what you think about this! Are you afraid of this change in the school calendar?
Personally, I think it is a good thing.
The pros of all year round school are the following:
- 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.
- Multi-tracking systems, those in which groups of students are on different school schedules, may allow for more school consolidation.
- Students with lower test scores increase academic skills with more instructional time. (Silva, 2007).
The const are as follows:
- School maintenance costs, including day-to-day upkeep and utilities, can increase up to 10 percent if schools are open for longer. (Silva, 2007).
- Students who have difficulty with attention, either due to disability or because young elementary students are not developmentally ready to attend for longer periods of time are unlikely to get more out of a longer school day. This, too, may increase the amount of behavioral issues in the classroom.
- Teens who need to work to help support themselves or make money for college may have difficulty holding or finding a job. (Silvernail & Bickford, 2009)
- Budgets and staffing issues simply may not allow for extended school programs. Many schools already struggle to pay teachers a competitive wage, making it hard to keep high quality teachers. The cost of teaching as a full-time endeavor may not be feasible either locally or federally.
- Multi-tracking programs mean that parents could possibly have students on different schedules.
- After school activities, such as sports or the arts may suffer or get lost in the shuffle (or budget) if school days are longer.
- Students in year round school may miss out on opportunities to spend time with children of other ages and/or learn about nature as typical summer camp experiences may no longer be a part of the childhood experience.
Let me know what you think!
The pros and cons source: http://childparenting.about.com/od/schoollearning/a/year-round-school-pros-cons.htm