Year-round Schooling: A Simple Solution For Today’s Students Essay

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Summer break is supposed to be a time of rest and rejuvenation for students. After nine months of hard work and challenging classes, one would think such a long break could do nothing but good for students; however, this is not the best way for young minds to learn. A three month break is far too long for children to go without proper education and supervision. Instead of a long three month break at the end of each school year, why not give students the same number of days off but spread them out more frequently throughout the year? Year-round education is a more efficient, globally competitive, and fair alternative to the traditional nine month school year. The reasons behind having a three month summer break are outdated and do not …show more content…
The idea of year round schooling gained popularity in the early 1900s; after an influx of immigrants had entered the country year round schools became necessary to teach all new children who had not been properly educated ("Education" 2). Other factors in the early adoption of year round education were that the system allowed students to finish their education sooner making them eligible to enter the workforce ("Education" 2). Year-round education began to fall out of practice during the depression and came to a halt during World War II when the government made a three month summer vacation a requirement for all schools so that students could help the war effort during the summer ("Education" 3). The first year-round school after World War II was not until 1968 (Hermanson and Gove 37). Year-round education has always found a way back into the system because its benefits for students cannot be denied. One of those major benefits is that having a year-round schedule could help the United States keep up with the academic achievements of other countries. In order for the United States to keep up with the rest of the world in terms of education, it cannot afford a three month break that disrupts the normal learning pattern (O'Sullivan 402). Test scores over the last decade show that the United States is lagging in its education when compared to

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