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Should Kids go to School All Year?

Should Kids go to School All Year?


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Yeah I think so. I think it would be better for the students to be able to study all year instead of forget everything during the summer. The amount of time at the beginning of the school year spent on reviewing things that was taught in the last year is atrocious. When I was in school I was in a district that had a very short summer, but alot of one week breaks during the year. I enjoyed that more, and also I found it better for retaining information, while still being able to have a breather from school.
 

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I'm a teacher. They should absolutely, without a doubt go to school year round whether it be public, private or homeschool.
 

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Absolutely not. At the developmental stage that most kids are at, most need breaks so they do not go on either mental or emotional overload.
 

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What the Captain said. Absolutely not. Let kids be kids, ffs. They need breaks. Kids are not adults. Hell, even adults need a vacation every so often.
 

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This is nothing more than a ploy by the entire government run school apperatus to extract more money from a failed approach. Compare this with Sweden that has a shorter school year, a shorter school day, and only 9 years of required schooling. Sweden ranks higher then the United States in knowledge and in literacy.
 

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Year round schooling has breaks during the year. It's not as if they'll go every single day of the week, every single day of the year.
 

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Year round schooling has breaks during the year. It's not as if they'll go every single day of the week, every single day of the year.
I think we all understand that. During the school year, kids don't go to school every day.
 

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No. Can't kids just be kids? No summer means no family vacation, so it could potentially harm family structures. What about summer jobs for high school students? Maybe if we taught better in the classroom DURING school it would work better. Throwing more time and money at the system wont fix its inherent problems.
 

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I voted that we homeschool them :p
 

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I vote yes. We need the extra classroom time to boost retention.
 

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Absolutely not. At the developmental stage that most kids are at, most need breaks so they do not go on either mental or emotional overload.
I both agree and disagree. I think schooling should be year round with more short week-long breaks, but more instructional days overall.

I doubt too much will be forgotten over a week.
 

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I both agree and disagree. I think schooling should be year round with more short week-long breaks, but more instructional days overall.

I doubt too much will be forgotten over a week.
I don't really buy into the whole three month break thing causes kids to forget. I mean yeah I forgot some stuff during summer, but after a day or two back it all came back. I think the real issue is how it is being taught rather than how long the kids are on break. Also it depends on what the kids do during break that affect it too. My friends in public school never had to read during the summer so they spent all their time playing video games and such. I on the other hand had required reading, about 3 or 4 books during the summer, and so my mind did have the ability to become lazy.
 
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Should Kids go to School All Year?

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I misread your poll, I thought you literally meant all year but then I realized you probably mean with a few breaks sprinkled in right? If so, then yes, because a lot is forgotten over summer vacation and summer vacation is usually spent doing nothing productive.
 

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No. Of course not. They need to spend some time away from their spoon-feeding mind adjusters and have the freedom to explore their worlds on their own.
 

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just about every kid I know is learning during the summer anyway. My son trains for an olympic sport year round and in the summer it is when he competes and travels. He learns alot of stuff from that including meeting kids from different countries and about their cultures. other kids go to Math Camp or band camp etc. However making the whining NEA types work as many months as the rest of us would be amusing.
 

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I view this particular summer vacation to properly tutor my child in algebra, since I'm far better qualified to teach her math than any of her teachers.

She's also learning more about American history and the Constitution than what is taught at the local brainwash centers.
 

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Naturally, of course, since teachers are salaried, extending the school year through the summer would come at no additional cost to the taxpayer.
 

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This is nothing more than a ploy by the entire government run school apperatus to extract more money from a failed approach. Compare this with Sweden that has a shorter school year, a shorter school day, and only 9 years of required schooling. Sweden ranks higher then the United States in knowledge and in literacy.
I'm betting that the Swedish parents don't want their kids to grow up to be meatballs, so they do something many parents in the United States refuse to do, and demand their children actually learn something while in school.
 

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No I don't think so. I never had problems with retention over the summer. Keep summers free, especially for students old enough to work. You can learn a lot from your first few summer jobs that you can't learn in school.

Our problem with schooling in the U.S. is not summer vacation. It's blood sucking teacher's unions making it damn near impossible to fire bad teachers (sure the Unions have their benefits but on the whole they are corrupt) and legislation such as no child left behind (more like, "smart children dumbed down").

In short, fix bad teaching and bad legislation instead.
 

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I wouldn't bet on that.
I'm just saying....that's how it is in the real world. Salaried means their paid to get the job done, and if that means surrendering that long summer where they can work a second job or goof off some more, too bad.

Here's an idea!

Rather than ruining their summer vacation, how about if the kids spend more time in school under instruction during the school year?

No random half-days off at the whim of the school administrators who want to go fishing, no 9-to-2 scheduling. A straight eight to five day, so they can get used to what life is going to be, and so the teachers can finally find out what it's like for real Americans who actually work for a living.
 

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I'm just saying....that's how it is in the real world. Salaried means their paid to get the job done, and if that means surrendering that long summer where they can work a second job or goof off some more, too bad.

Here's an idea!

Rather than ruining their summer vacation, how about if the kids spend more time in school under instruction during the school year?

No random half-days off at the whim of the school administrators who want to go fishing, no 9-to-2 scheduling. A straight eight to five day, so they can get used to what life is going to be, and so the teachers can finally find out what it's like for real Americans who actually work for a living.
For me, putting a child into what we call schools, for one day, is bad enough.
 
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