Year Round School Essay

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Year-round Schools

The possibility of year round schools has been a hot debate topic for quite some time. The question is, is the idea of year round schools acceptable considering all the potential drawbacks? Year round schooling can be disruptive to both the family of the students and the teachers themselves, it can be too costly for a large group of people, and year round schools do not provide the same opportunity for learning as the traditional school year does. For several reasons, the traditional school year, which runs for ten months instead of eleven, is more beneficial in comparison to year round schooling.
Primarily, year round schools will disrupt both the families and teachers while the traditional school year does
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Not many educators sign up for the year round schooling program and those who do, expect larger salaries than regular teachers do. "The biggest budget increase in a year-long program is most often due to new staffing." ("Year-round Success?" 1997/ 18 February 2005). Finally, family expenses will also fluctuate. An extended school year means a larger amount of lunch money, more shopping for new supplies and clothes, and other expenses, which include field trips and other school programs. If the school boards switch to the new system, many parents as well as the school board may not be able to afford the new expenses. Thus, staying with the traditional school year is a far better option because it is more advantageous than a year round school. Finally yet importantly, year round schooling does not provide as much of an opportunity for learning as the regular school calendar. During the summer break, students can get opportunities to gain experience through summer jobs. This experience can be considered equivalent to learning in school because it provides the students to face the real world and understand what it is like. If year round schooling is implemented, then summer will be cut short and as a result, students will not have enough time to familiarize themselves with the workplace. Joan Watkins, an employer, affirms, "It is unlikely that a student will get a job for just 15 or 20 days. This period