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Year Round Schooling A Good Idea?


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#1 cowsgonemadd3

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Posted 14 August 2006 - 10:20 PM

A local elementary school in my state wants to do a year round school. One school did it and the grade average of the students went from below average to average.

I think it would be a pain. Always in school. Yes you would have breaks and they say just as many if not more just spread out but I wouldnt like it. Im homeschooled now and like it better than school anyways.

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 02:51 PM

Several school districts in my state have gone to year round schooling. Several benefits that have been documented are a minimum of a 13% less absenteeism rate. A 12% drop at minimum in teen and juvenile related crimes in the communities which went to year round schooling. And the best part is, a minimumum 18% increase in overall test scores and 11% increase in High School graduation rates. It's only been in effect for about 3 to 5 years, so the effects are short term. The model is continuously being reviewed to see if this will be a long term gain and possibly adopted as a state mandate. As it stands now it is a school district choice if this will happen or not. The areas that are not expected to follow suit and or resist a state mandate are the agricultural areas. All in all some impassive numbers in some key indicators and quite a strong argument for year round schooling.

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 03:43 PM

Yeah because the kids have no free time,always in school. If it happenes in more places I think a lot of kids will homeschool. I know I would.

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 04:02 PM

The home schooling requirements in my state are quite high. Quite a few do not qualify to home school. And I can tell you for a fact that the vast majority of the metropolitan areas the family are a two income family. So there is not a parent or such to do the home schooling. Home schooling is a very limited option for most in my state. If it is an option for you, thats great, for many it's not.

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Posted 19 August 2006 - 07:05 PM

I like the idea of year round. I did it a few times taking special courses in summer during HS. I also took all my math and science courses when I went home for the summer in college. Subjects taken at Steven's Tech in Hoboken ,NJ were tranferrrable anywhere. But I think the all year with it's breaks would make kids (or all students) better learners. No more end of year lag. No more new year warm up from 2 + months off. I do know there are some logistics involved, that are locale defined, such as A/C and heating.
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Posted 19 August 2006 - 08:45 PM

Hi CGM3

A comment from a district who tried it in your state... Test scores did NOT improve. We tried that in the district I live in. Many people were excited because students would not be away for the summer - and therefore forget less over the extended time away. The actual results showed no improvement.

As of this year, schools returned to the traditional schedule.

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