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Year round schooling


My area has bin talking about making our kids go to school year round and I'm not so sure how I feel about this.

Is there anyone out there sending their kids to school year round now and if so how do you and your children like it?

I heard that they aren't in school every week day like a job, but would
go for weeks at a time and then have a week two weeks off and then start
all over again until the next brake came along.

They wouldn't go to school all summer long, but they would still be in
for at least half of the summer. If that's the case they better look
into air conditioning the school's around here a lot better then they
are now. It can sometimes get pretty hot in our school as early as May,
so there would be no way our kids, or their teachers would be able to
handle it with out air conditioning in July.

Has anyone had any experience with this, or do you have any thoughts on it?Any thoughts on this

Nov 15, 2011 @ 08:43 am

4 Replies


interesting topic

We've chatted about this on ChickAdvisor before. As a parent, I'd be in favour; thinking back to my years in school, I can definitely sympathize with the kids too!

Think about it from the family perspective - if you have a dual income family and grandma isn't available to help babysit, these kids have to go to daycare or have in-home nannies. This is insanely expensive (often it might completely cancel out one parent's paycheck depending on how many kids you need to have babysat) and many children don't like being put in those programs.

If you are able to have a single-income household, some parents are motivated enough to take the kids swimming, hiking, etc, but more often, these children sit in front of the Xbox all day long and come fall, have forgotten much of the curriculum.

The whole setup is flawed really. I don't think there is a perfect solution, but a huge chunk of time off (ie. a 9-week summer vacation) is very hard to manage from a family side.

Now, if you have a teenager and they want a summer job, a 5 or 6 week summer vacation makes it almost impossible. In that case, a 9 week vacation is great.

Good topic!
Nov 15, 2011 @ 09:08 am

I agree..kinda

I agree in the sense that I remember going back to school in the fall every year when I was a kid and having a really hard time settling, because I'd spent the last two months running around the neighbourhood with friends. I also struggled with math when I was a child, and it wasn't uncommon for me to forget what I had learned the previous year. Its funny what a span of two months without school can do to the brain. I do think there should be a summer break, but perhaps not as long as it currently is. If we are trying to encourage children and teens to go to university or college in order to get good jobs and provide for themselves, then I think this is a good idea, make school a priority in their lives, while still giving them breaks to relax and be kids!
Nov 15, 2011 @ 09:30 am

I have two teens

Both of my boys worked this past
summer and summers before. The more they hear about all year school the more it
bothers them. They don't think its fare to them, but I do see what you’re
saying. I can't believe the cost of day cares and baby sitter's. I've been
lucky and haven't had to work, not that I could even if I wanted to do to
everything I have wrong with me. If my husband didn’t have such a great job we
would have had a very hard time making it through they're younger years for
both reasons. My boys also have game systems and computers, but have to be off
by 10pm through the week and aren’t aloud to stay on day and night over the
weekends and vacation days. They know if they give us a hard time about this they
won’t be on either for a good week, so they listen to us. I’m all for this as
long as they make some changes to the cooling of our schools and for the older
kids that have jobs, or want to work. I don’t think they need all that time off
in the summer, or even the two weeks they get at Xmas. I know it takes my boys
awhile to get back into things after just a week off and all that does is put
everyone behind. Our local radio station is discussing this right now and can
be heard over the net. It CKLW if anyone wants to listen in.

Nov 15, 2011 @ 09:44 am

our school district has the option available

My school district has several schools with "extended year" schedule. Really all that means is that the kids have an extra 3 weeks at the end of the year, so instead of a 9 week summer vaca they have just 6 weeks. I think they may also have an extra 1/2 - 1 hour of school each day too.

This allows those schools to offer a different curriculum. In these days of cuts to not only fine arts, music, and PE but even social studies and science, these so-called "magnet schools" not only reincorporate some of these lost classes but even amplify them.

One of the schools in our area is a "global studies" magnet, focusing on world geography, politics, and international issues. Another is a math & science academy. Yet another is for performing arts (band/orchestra, chorale, dance, and musical theater). These schools can be tricky to get into.

You have to apply in the early years to get in (Kindergarten/Grade 1) and I think they may not have bussing available (or else it's limited to a certain area). This means that such schools are simply not a realistic option for many families, but the great thing is that since these schools are part of the public school system and therefore free, there is no financial barrier which I think is tremendous.
Nov 15, 2011 @ 10:18 am

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