There's a pilot program taking place for the next 3 years in several states where they are adding 300 hours to their school year. While it may make longer holiday breaks it is definitely shrinking the summer months off. While some say it is because American children are so far behind others say it will not make any difference. They say that the break between the school years causes children to lose their knowledge but tests show that's not always the case. 

Do you think your kids should have more time at school or are you already tired of having three seasons where you are tied to the school system? What are your thoughts?

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Children like adults need time to recharge. Having school year round will burn them out, My son in law has gone to school 25 years straight and he doesn't even want to know about follow up classes, not yet. Children need time to play and experience other things. I think what needs to be done are less holiday/teacher word days off. We started school on the day after Labor Day and went to the last week in June with a Christmas and Spring Break, everytime I turn around the school are having a half day or teachers work day or some other day off. It's like taking a weeks vacation from work, the day you are suppose to go back, you don't want to. What needs to happen are voluntary Summer classes that offer other things besides the usual. Nature trips where kids learn about wild life or to a horse farm in case they have interest in becoming a vet. Trips to places that show them how to do wood working or maybe to a hospital. This will help them peak their interest in other things besides tech jobs.

Growing up in pasco county we did a 45 -15 block.went to school 45 days off 15. Only Bad thing was all my brothers,sister was on different blocks because we all were at different schools.i do remember loving quality time with my mom.

I think it is rediculous. There are countries that have better school systems than we do that go to school for less time than we do in this country. It is not the amount of time that school is in session it is the quality of education and the lack of parental support for the kids and school alike. most parents expect the schools to do everything and do not want to help out in anyway and god forbid if lil Johnny has any homework they may have to do. (yes, there are those teachers that get carried away with homework but the majority don't) If parents started working with the schools again and if everyone would get off of this all kids are the same learn the same think the same etc kick then we wouldnt have this problem. Not all kids are smart enough to go to college, not all kids want to go to college, therefore for those that either just plain and simply are not smart enough for college or those that would rather do something else with their life then they shouldn't be forced to take Cal 3 and Trig along with Physics in high school just to make the school look better. I remember when you had to have a certain GPA to get into Jr College now, they'll take anyone who will apy them money under the premise of "everyone deserves a college education"   Its all Hogwash

They actually tried it here years ago and it didn't work out for those reasons. Not only did different schools vary but this isn't the 1950's, most all parents have to work and there isn't an employer that is going to be that flexible. 

Children do NOT lose knowledge over the summer months.  Their brains are like a sponge. I am 50, I am the one who loses knowledge, hahaha. 

T's mama said:

Growing up in pasco county we did a 45 -15 block.went to school 45 days off 15. Only Bad thing was all my brothers,sister was on different blocks because we all were at different schools.i do remember loving quality time with my mom.

Year around schools would still give the kids breaks from school, they just wouldn't be as long. I agree that the kids should have a shorter summer vacation, if they had a month or even 2 months off for summer that would give plenty of time for the kids to recharge and to take family vacations, but the kids would be able to get back into the hang of things faster then they do now after having almost 3 months off of school. But, I also agree that it's the quality not quantity that's more important as well, if schools were able to concentrate more of the kids education instead of all this state testing they have to give the kids, then maybe the quality of education our kids are getting would improve. I agree that there are countries and even other states here in our countries with kids that are well ahead of our kids in education. There also needs to be better programs for kids that are advanced and ahead of the other kids. Right now teachers spend a good portion of the year just preparing kids for the FCATS, and I don't find that acceptable. However, since they keep making budget cuts to education, I don't see how they would ever fund year round schools anyway.

ALL children should have the chance to go to college.  Everyone is smart in their own way. In my house, my girls always considered college as something you did after high school, they never heard any different. Children learn what is expected of them.  That thinking that "gee, Johnny just wants to work at McDonalds" is one of the reasons those children don't take education serious enough to do well.  Such a shame.

I wasn't saying we should do that I was saying that is what I had to do when I grew up.

My kids know they should go to college however, there are kids out there that would rather be a boat mechanic (they make a heck of a lot of money BTW) which doesn't require a college education but rather trade school. Cosmetology, mechanics, some types of computer work, HAVC, Phelbotomy (sp?? drawing blood), Personal Trainer-- none of which require a college education all of which pay a good salary if you are good at it and go to work. And yes, there may be some out there that book wise may only be able to work at Publix or Mickey D's but they may be a wonderful artist or talented musican. College is not meant for everyone you have those that may not be smart enough for it and then you have those that would rather do something else with their life that doesnt require a college degree.

It only has so much to do with what is expected of them. Then you have to realize that not all want to go to college regardless of how bad you want them to and then you have the ones that could be great at art or something but not smart enough or cut out for college. My brother had a full paid scholarship to UF and flunked out before the first year was up. He eventually got his AA degree but never his BA and he is making around $100,000/yr with only a 2 yr degree. Yeah, I think he did something right along the way his having a 4 yr degree wouldnt of matter he was in the right place at the right time. And honestly now he'll tell you that the only reason he even went to UF was because it was EXPECTED of him. Not because he really truly wanted to and he makews a mint working on computers.

Yes, I agree that there are some out there that really could care less about what their kids do in the long run and do not participate in their kids education but to say that everyone should be able to go or to expecct every kid to go when there are many other options they may be interested in is out there.

Pat Carter said:

ALL children should have the chance to go to college.  Everyone is smart in their own way. In my house, my girls always considered college as something you did after high school, they never heard any different. Children learn what is expected of them.  That thinking that "gee, Johnny just wants to work at McDonalds" is one of the reasons those children don't take education serious enough to do well.  Such a shame.

My last couple of years in high school we went to the year round schedule. what it worked out to be was more breaks during the school year and less during the summer. Honestly we enjoyed it because we got bored. With our parents working we were limited to what we did during the summer. So I enjoyed it, but I also liked going to school ;) I don't think going all year would benefit anything really but maybe giving time off like we had would work. I do agree that it seems like every time you turn around the kids are off for half days and teacher work days... who knows ;)

I feel that school does need to be extended a little. Ten weeks off during the summer is way to long. Even if you added 5 weeks (25 days) you would still end up getting more than 8 weeks off school throughout the year. I find it interesting that so many people complain about how much time teachers and students get off, then when someone suggests extending the school year we say that children need that time off.

This is a fantastic idea!  It wouldn't be necessary if more parents educated their children at home a lot more instead of expecting the school to do their job for them.  Children are not falling behind intellectually because of a lack of funding or quality teachers, they are falling behind because parents aren't parents anymore.  I often hear parents brag about reading their child "a" book.  Whoop de doo.  By the time a child enters kindergarten they should already reading books to their parents.  Mine did.  I am not a stay at home mom and yet I still had time in various areas to teach my kids.  No excuses, but since parents won't step up to the plate and feel that it is more constructive to blame the school system/ politics/ funding or whatever.....year round school will have to suffice for lack of parenting.  Learning is not limited to a few months a year so the argument that kids need a break from learning is null and void unless you are one of those parents that actually believes that learning is as vital to health as eating veggies.  I take my kids on little day trips often, but they had better be able to read and figure out that lunch menu or they are stuck sharing from my plate.  To achieve independence one must first learn how to be independent or we wind up dependent on the government for more than education as we enter adulthood. 

I would perfer year round schooling! Even as parents we need a break from the day to day rountine and enjoy some down time with our kids.  It would work if it was purposed correceclty! The school district would need to work with parks and Recreations, community centers, and the civic theaters ect.  to provide camps during this down time for the parents who need child care. They are already doing it during  the summer for ten straight weeks and some of the programs are already offering afterschool programs.  Parents still have to work and over the summer time alot of the students are participating in camps anyway. So why not spread it out over the year!  I would love to travel during the fall with the kids but can't because they would miss to much school! They should consider 9 weeks of schooling and then give at least a two week break before the start of the next quarter!  Open your eyes to the endless possibilities of year round school!

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