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Should the School Year Be Longer?

Living 2013/01/14 03:34:27
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The debate over the length of the American school year continues to rage on. And now 20,000 students in 40 schools in five states (Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Tennessee) will put the theory that a longer school year is better to the test. These students will go to school for 300 extra hours as they participate in a three-year pilot project.

Advocates of the longer school year feel that it will give poor children more access to healthy meals, will provide much needed childcare to working parents, and will help American kids remain competitive in the global economy. Opponents, however, feel that more time in school does not necessarily equate to more learning and that children need a long summer to explore, decompress, and spend time with family.

What do you think SodaHeads? Should the school year be longer?

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  • Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮ 2013/01/14 05:23:05
    No
    Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    +21
    We need work on the quality of our education long before we work on the quantity.
    They barely teach anything in schools these days, so I dont see the point in more of nothing.

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  • Joe 2013/06/06 07:14:02
    No
    Joe
    That's just silly.
  • Logical Alien 2013/03/03 16:02:08
    No
    Logical Alien
    Weird !!!!
  • Alexis Lynn 2013/02/01 02:19:15
    Yes
    Alexis Lynn
    The school year should extend longer and have more breaks thoughout. The same amount of school days, just over a longer period of time. In Germany, we had a month off for summer, a week off for fall, two weeks for christmas, a week for winter, two weeks for easter, and a week for spring.
  • Joe Alexis ... 2013/06/06 07:18:14
    Joe
    +1
    We do have schools like that called track schooling but we have a choice where we go
  • Alexis ... Joe 2013/06/06 22:20:38
    Alexis Lynn
    Yes, but that isn't everywhere. Many states do not have track schooling once so ever. My state included.
  • Joe Joe 2013/06/07 01:03:26
    Joe
    Yep same here my friend. that's cool
  • nathaniel21 2013/01/29 02:27:38
    No
    nathaniel21
    +1
    They increased the amount of credits required to graduate if it werent for that i would've graduated a year and a half earlier. More math, science, and history which leaves me no time to go looking for a job which is needed in every young adults lives. We need more time in the introduction into the work force and less time learning unnecessary information on the chemical structure of hyrdochloric acid and y=mx+b
  • Naime 2013/01/22 22:04:25
    No
    Naime
    It's already a pain in the neck. If it gets any longer then students will be EXTREMELY stressed out, and their grades will drop.
  • Iddylu 2013/01/21 13:05:41
    No
    Iddylu
    And I say the same thing people bring up longer school days, getting rid of weekends, etc. Kids need time to be kids. EVERYONE needs relaxation and unwinding time. There are alternatives to giving children access to healthy food (honestly, are most schools' foods that healthy? mine sure weren't) and providing free childcare.
  • Marcus Clark 2013/01/21 07:58:38
    Yes
    Marcus Clark
    Not necessarily longer, but rather configured differently, as in year-round. What I've seen that works well is 3 month on 1 month off. This still results in plenty of vacation/rest time, but with less loss of momentum in the educational process.
  • Ramón 2013/01/21 05:57:35
    No
    Ramón
    But if it is, then I want to be paid more. I am not going to make more bricks without straw!
  • Dave 007 2013/01/20 12:56:51
    Yes
    Dave 007
    Longer will mean more field trips and movies to watch for the kids. For the teachers, less time at the beach.
  • Iddylu Dave 007 2013/01/21 13:07:12
    Iddylu
    Summer isn't all about relaxation and rest for teachers-- they still work through many school vacations.
  • Dave 007 Iddylu 2013/01/27 14:27:59
    Dave 007
    I agree, some do, but most don't.
  • Iddylu Dave 007 2013/01/31 17:39:16
    Iddylu
    I'm not talking about having a second job, I'm talking about how even when kids are out of school, teachers have conferences, meeting, and lots of concluding work (at the end of the school year/beginning of the summer) and preparation work (at the beginning of the school year/end of the summer) to do. It's not all fun and games.
  • Naime Dave 007 2013/01/22 22:08:45
    Naime
    Schools that I know rarely offer field trips, and very occasionally watch movies.
  • Dave 007 Naime 2013/01/27 14:29:19
    Dave 007
    So, what do they do to fill in the time?
  • Naime Dave 007 2013/01/27 14:40:37
    Naime
    Work. Too much work.
  • Dave 007 Naime 2013/01/27 14:45:01
    Dave 007
    Hang in there. It will get a lot tougher when you start working full time. You're going to have to work and please your boss at the same time. And most bosses are A-Holes.
  • Naime Dave 007 2013/01/27 23:50:14
    Naime
    Is being a pastor even a full time job?
  • Razoreye001 2013/01/20 03:52:10
    Yes
    Razoreye001
    elementary school shouldn't have summer vacations and for middle schools they should only have summer two months long. In high school when people start working should get the summer off.
  • seth.l.kelley 2013/01/19 13:47:30
    No
    seth.l.kelley
    Most kids need there sleep and most of us have lots of chores and only get to have a week of vacation then we have even more chores after vacation. So no more school then what we already do.
  • Tina 2013/01/19 01:56:34
    No
    Tina
    +2
    Screw you guys who say yes. It's already long enough and unreasonably run.
  • DDD 2013/01/18 16:36:58
    Yes
    DDD
    yes, Yes, YES!!!

    We need more baby sitting. Make it all year, 365, seven days a week, and 18 hours a day, too, so we never have to see or deal with the little brats. Heaven knows we don't want them learning anything from us as parents. And we don't need them in the summer any more to help us raise crops like they did when the school system first started.

    Send them off to the PROs, the NEA education gurus, who can teach them that communal living is much better than family connections. We don't need any more of this independent thinking that we untrained parents might give them. Look what a mess mother nature and the US Constitution has made of our daily lives so far by letting untrained parents teach their kids.

    Besides, all this personal responsibility stuff and the idea that I might know as much to teach my kids as the next guy is driving me crazy. And this random parenting has caused all this upsetting diversity in our country.

    You should think the same way I do, the same way my teacher does. I mean, think about it, do we really need fifty brands of Yogurt? You should just use the same brand I do, the one my teacher said I should use. And you should vote the same as me, too, the way my teacher votes. it would save a lot of hassle every other November, and make the world a much better much calmer place to live.

    (For all you other people who voted 'Yes" this is called 'sarcasm'. Look it up!)

    DDD
  • Robert Erbach 2013/01/17 20:55:39
    No
    Robert Erbach
    +1
    Life gets difficult & stressing kids should joy summertime all other holidays much as can.
  • DrRenovation 2013/01/17 00:04:13
    No
    DrRenovation
    +2
    HEEELLL NOOOOOO
  • The Bee Guy 2013/01/16 22:58:59
    No
    The Bee Guy
    +2
    Longer years, more stress on the students on the edge, moretime to pick off other students.
  • Tennessee3501 2013/01/16 21:19:57
    Yes
    Tennessee3501
    It is one of these questions where there are good answers on both sides! I favor school from the day after Labor Day until the end of June. 9 months is not enough!
  • Jon the Flamer 2013/01/16 19:49:56
    Yes
    Jon the Flamer
    I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but I do believe Summer break is far too long. I HATED school, but that's because I disliked the majority of my peers. I don't like being dragged down with other people when I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing.

    I personally feel that there should be only four major breaks, Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn. They could essentially do away with certain vacation days all together and simply only allow vacation during those four major breaks about as long as Winter Break.

    Two weeks is certainly a good enough time to rest and wind down, and possibly even three weeks. I also believe that we need better teachers. I have honestly met three teachers during high school who were only teaching to have something while they were going to school for another career. I had even heard a great many teachers use this phrase, "I don't like this job; I'm doing it for now until I finish school to start the career I want." Take note that they didn't ever say it that nicely or professionally.

    We should only have dedicated and effective teachers, and they need to be paid a lot more. I'm sorry, but us teenagers are demons; I have to hand it to some teachers.
  • jjinfl 2013/01/16 19:39:22
    No
    jjinfl
    The length of the school year is not a problem; it is the ability to make school student-friendly, have the money available to hire the best and brightest teachers administrators, pay enough for college students to be motivated to teach, and have full support from families. People who enjoy the idea of the nanny state would love having less time to be responsible for their children. They are fed free breakfast, free lunch, homework help lines, after school care, school health policies, free tutoring, free Kindles and other electronics, computers, etc. etc. We might as well feed the kids supper, do their homework with them, and keep them overnight until the weekend. Both teachers and students need breaks, especially the summer break, to regroup and rev up to enter the next grade with an excited positive attitude. I doubt that scores and learning would improve if the kids went to school 365 days a year.
  • seth.l.... jjinfl 2013/01/19 14:16:58
    seth.l.kelley
    +1
    I agree if kids and adults don't get their rest and sleep and get better education, we might as well let the reaper have his own theater with everyone on it. Kids on street trying to do the best they can to survive and adults working double time. Ya not what we need.
  • Maleficent 2013/01/16 19:15:49
    No
    Maleficent
    just leave it as it is. because that was the case, then there will be more stress and dropouts.
  • Morgan 2013/01/16 18:32:22
  • KB 2013/01/16 18:28:16 (edited)
  • Jim 2013/01/16 16:08:36
  • ~Worlds Away 2013/01/16 15:34:17
    No
    ~Worlds Away
    +1
    hell no. i enjoy my summer, winter, and spring vacations....
  • ☆ QueenAline 2013/01/16 15:07:36
    Yes
    ☆ QueenAline
    this country needs to not only catch up in education. .but we need to purge the teachers who are spewing their liberal communist agenda on our kids. I wouldn't object to a longer school year...simply to better educate our kids.
  • ☆ Queen... ☆ Queen... 2013/01/16 15:30:33
  • Naime ☆ Queen... 2013/01/22 22:10:57
    Naime
    +2
    It's not about the length of the year. It's the quality of the teaching. The systems need to get off their lazy bums and teach better. Length has nothing to do with it.
  • jjinfl ☆ Queen... 2013/01/23 13:43:18
    jjinfl
    +1
    Good point, but the liberal focus with government approval, especially at the college level, makes it hard to accomplish that purge. Who would investigate some of the things now being taught in American classrooms and presented in biased textbooks at the el/hi level in order to start turning this approach around? Some of the new social studies books that districts are presenting to their students are scary in the way they randomly rewrite history according to their personal slant or delete/change facts of history that they don't particularly agree with. I know several high school social studies teachers who are proud to be Socialists and regularly spout their personal feelings during their daily lessons.
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