Should schools be year round?
Could year round schools be for the better, or worse? Many students might not like the idea of having to go to school in the summer, but many good things can come from the new school calendar; there’s more time for family and friends, the student won’t forget everything after summer from the shortened break, and teachers can get more up to date with planning as students would have breaks throughout the year.
For starters, many students, myself included, may feel overwhelmed with school and not have any time for sports, clubs, family and possibly friends. With the year round school’s calendar, on for 45 days and off for 14 days, a student can get caught up on homework over the weekends or after school. While on break for two weeks, they can spend time with family.
School takes up more of a student’s time than a teacher may realize; we have to study, read, do the work, research, etc., while parents may be at work. When the parents come home, students might still be working on homework. Once the student is done, he or she may or may not have to eat dinner, do sports, church meetings, clubs, or meetings in general. After they get home, it could be time for bed- and this happens often. With the year round calendar, students can do work after school, then while on break, can spend time doing as they feel.
Let’s face it, we all love summer. There’s no school, no homework, and everyone can sit back and relax. With the two months students and teachers get off, we can, and do, forget most of what we learned the year previous. This then takes time out of the teacher’s agenda. The teacher would have to recap on a lot of things, and possibly reteach to the students who don’t know or understand the lesson. When all of this is going on, some students who do know the lesson would get review, or become bored. This can get very frustrating for many. If we do get year round schooling, once our two week break is over, teachers would only have to touch up on some items instead of going over the whole lesson. Also, the two weeks off can give students a much needed time for studying and preparing for tests.
People can become overwhelmed with paperwork very easily. If a teacher takes one day away from correcting tests, he or she could become a week behind on paperwork. Unfortunately, teachers only get two days off from the weekdays, and a few hours after school for correcting. If the teacher does take this time to finish work that could take away time from family, friends, recreation, and free time. Year round calendars would change that; the two weeks off, like written previously, could be used for the lesson planning, correcting papers, or organization. This would not only be better for the student, but also teachers.
Although, there are many cons with the year round schooling. One of the biggest complaints I hear teachers and parents rant about is the cost. Year round schooling would need money for air conditioning in the hot areas, and heat in the cooler areas. Money would also have to go towards supplies. Teachers would need more paper, pencils, pens, etc, while the students would need a place to work, sports equipment, supplies for the school year, etc. But instead of focusing on the negative, I was always told to focus on the positive; year round schooling would be for the better, not worse.
Although many people may think that year round schooling may be worse for our district, it could actually be for the benefit. If we look at the logic behind each reason, a student would have more time for friends, family, clubs, he or she wouldn’t forget everything, and the teacher could get up to date with work and planning.