Year-Round School This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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     Summer break is awesome, but after a couple months, it’s always time for school again. You walk into trigonometry that first day and hear, “Pop quiz! Let’s see what you know.” Then you realize that over the summer you have forgotten everything from the previous year. Why should we have to relearn material because of a long summer break? This is why we should have school year-round.

One argument against this idea is that you wouldn’t get to take long trips. True, you might not get to take one for more than three weeks, but who does? Usually a vacation is a week or so. If you were really looking forward to that long trip, why not take three (of even four) short trips, one during each break? You would see more places that way.

Now, I know some of you think this isn’t going to make school any better, but Elisabeth Palmer, project director at the Center for Applied Research (author of Year-Round Education) said, “The net results indicated that after one year of experiencing a 60-15 calendar [60 days of school and 15 of vacation], students felt more positively about year-round education.” She also said her studies indicate that “53 percent favored year-round education during the summer before implementation, while 79 percent favored it at the end of the first year.”

Another possible argument against year-round school is that students would have fewer days of learning because just when they would be getting into things, a break would come. I can see this point because we would be having one right in the middle of our current school schedule. But the actual learning time would increase. After breaks, the students would be refreshed and ready to listen better. Also, students won’t have to relearn what they forget over the summer since they would only be out of school for three weeks at a time. When they return after these short breaks, they would be ready to pick up where they left off.

Donald Beggs, an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University, researched summer learning and “confirmed statistically what every teacher knew intuitively. This is that basic skills must be reviewed for as long as one month each September before the teacher moved onto new curricular ground.” John Theodore Stenvall, Ph.D. has studied numerous year-round schools and came to this conclusion: “The first year of longitudinal study, 2000, showed that there was greater progress in schools with certain year-round calendars than in those on traditional calendars.” He also said, “Schools on balanced calendars (single track) outperformed gains recorded for traditional calendar schools at all levels.”

I feel that year-round schooling would benefit students. I think that with it you could actually have more vacations. Also, students would learn more because they wouldn’t have to relearn information after long breaks.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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Mar. 28 at 10:34 am
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princess elsa said...
Sept. 20, 2016 at 11:15 am
I think its not fair for kids to do pop quizzes on the first day of school especially in trigonometry I bet they are super hard
 
princess elsa said...
Sept. 20, 2016 at 11:15 am
I think its not fair for kids to do pop quizzes on the first day of school especially in trigonometry I bet they are super hard
 
FLOcab replied...
Sept. 27, 2016 at 9:13 am
yah but it thats the life of a teacher, torchering studenrts
 
Quwanda said...
Jan. 29, 2016 at 1:45 pm
I don't like it
 
Quwanda said...
Jan. 29, 2016 at 1:45 pm
I WE should not have all year round school. my mother Work all year round and sometime she need me to stay home and keep my litter brother cuss she cant afford a babysitter. If I go to school all year round then that will hard on me and my family . so I say please don't change school all year round.
 
Quwanda said...
Jan. 29, 2016 at 1:45 pm
I WE should not have all year round school. my mother Work all year round and sometime she need me to stay home and keep my litter brother cuzz she cant afford a babysitter. If I go to school all year round then that will hard om me and my family . so I say please don't change school all year round.
 
love said...
Mar. 26, 2015 at 6:12 pm
Whoever wrote this it's retarded and a stupid both mother ass hole mother fucker bitch
 
love said...
Mar. 26, 2015 at 6:12 pm
Whoever wrote this it's retarded and a stupid both mother ass hole mother fucker bitch
 
YAS123 said...
Mar. 5, 2015 at 2:11 pm
im in grd 7...i know my opinion doesnt matter but i think we SHOULD NOT have year round school. So what if we forget our material, lets just learn it again...people are very sucsessfull and have graduated and gotten good jobs WITHOUT year round school.
 
Graceful replied...
Mar. 6, 2015 at 1:21 pm
Yes, that's true.
 
LILYPD said...
Jan. 22, 2015 at 6:42 pm
In this document there are some good points but there is also a logical fallacy in this document. Not everyone takes tri and not everyone forgets things. But I do think that the point made in this document is a good one people and families cant all afford tutoring or summer enrichment programs. Most parents think that year round school is horrible for their children and that it would cost them more stress and homework.To be honest I have done a lot of research on this subject and I have found th... (more »)
 
Meun J. replied...
Mar. 1, 2015 at 1:28 pm
i do not agree, no one cares what you think, take off your negativity, chance did an excellant job in writing this
 
RandomlyAnimal replied...
Apr. 27, 2015 at 10:57 am
@Meun J. Okay dude, that was a little harsh
 
PTsaxplayer said...
Jan. 14, 2015 at 12:41 pm
I happen to agree with his point. If you look at other countries compared to ours intellectually they are starting to become much more superior and part of that is because the students are pushed from the time they go into school until the time they come out and they don't get summer breaks. The problem with our generation is that we have become so heavily dependent of the internet that we are lowering out iqs in the process. Albert Einstein even said, “I fear the day technology will surpass ... (more »)
 
Meun J. replied...
Mar. 1, 2015 at 1:29 pm
yes albert einstein is my model
 
Ariana_Warf said...
Jan. 6, 2015 at 12:20 pm
thank you Chance. i had to do a report. you have helped so much!
 
riffikey said...
Dec. 11, 2014 at 12:02 am
I think the biggest problem with year round school is that althought the breaks would be more frequent, they would be shorter and I need the full two monthes to slip into a small coma and recover from all the lost sleep that  has built up throughout the year. There are other things they could be focusing on like starting the school day later (because teenagers need a certain amount of sleep and without this it stunts our developing minds as well as triggers things such as anxiety and depres... (more »)
 
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