Year round school is not a new issue in education. It has been contemplated, even tried in different places. There are some schools that currently use this system. In the traditional school year there are 180 days of school and breaks for holidays and other necessary days. One way of doing year round school is a 45-15 schedule. Students go to public school or private school for 45 days and then have 15 off.
The opinions about year round school vary. Parents who have experienced both have their own opinion but it is often based on the specific needs of their family. For example, if both parents work outside of the home and they have students on different year round schedules have problems finding day care for their children and trying to keep all the schedules straight. Other families may love having the time together every 45 days to take vacations throughout the year.
Here is an overview of the pros and cons of year round school.
Pros of year round school:
– Children retain information better, there is no long period of time between one year ending and another school year starting.
– The 15 day period of time can be used for extra curricular activities that enhance what the child is learning in school and therefore reinforce what the child learns.
– Kids don’t get bored with a long summer break and they like having breaks to look forward to every few weeks.
– Other countries use this system successfully.
– With staggering the scheduling, school buildings can be used for more students which is more economical and efficient.
Cons of year round school:
– Families with children on different scheduling tracks have a difficult time.
– Certain school clubs and groups like sports, cheerleading, band, theatre, could have difficulty in planning and practicing when there are frequent breaks.
– Schools have to be equipped for year round weather to accommodate year round schooling.
– Community programs and private industries that provide youth camps and such activities suffer but now entirely, it just has to be scheduled right. However, if you have schools in the district on staggered schedules it is hard to get an influx in kids for these programs.
– Teachers may spend more time reviewing information than with a traditional year because even in two weeks, kids tend to forget. This may not be entirely negative as it helps students keep reviewing information and therefore, keeping it fresh in their minds.
Studies regarding both schedules have been inconclusive as to which is better for students. It is always good for schools to try new ways of doing things because when they find something great the students benefit. It pays to have a willingness to try something new as long as it doesn’t do any harm to the student.