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Speak of the Week: Should School Be Year-Round?

There is some debate as to whether having year-round schooling is beneficial to students. Many believe that this would not be an effective means of teaching students while others think this system would give students a great academic advantage. 

In Speak of the Week we get to hear what teens have to say, and this week’s question is: Should school be year round?

Here are some pros and cons of a year-round schedule to consider:

Pros

  • Students tend to forget a lot during the summer, and shorter vacations might increase retention rates.
  • School buildings unused in the summer are wasted resources.
  • Short breaks provide time for students to receive enrichment education.
  • Remediation can occur when it is most needed during the school year.
  • Students get bored during the long break of summer.
  • It gives families more options for scheduling vacations, rather than restricting travel to summertime.
  • Other countries around the world use this system.
  • Schools on year-round schedules can accommodate more students through multitracking.

Cons

  • Studies have not conclusively proven the academic benefits.
  • Students forget information just as easily with a three-week break as 10. Therefore, teachers on a year-round system end up with four periods of review instead of just one at a new school year.
  • Summer programs such as youth camps suffer.
  • Teens who need to work to help support themselves or make money for college may have difficulty holding or finding a job if they do not have the entire summer off.
  • Many older school buildings do not have air conditioning, making a year-round schedule impractical.
  • Band and other extracurricular programs can run into problems scheduling practices and competitions, which often take place during the summer months.

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