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Poll From: 09/10/2013

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Do you think the average school year should be longer? Submitted By jtadych28, MN
Yes, it should be extended.
Yes, school should be all year long.
No, I like it the way it is.
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ahmedgx
on 09/21/13
عم، لكنهم أيضا الحصول على أقل مغامرة والإثارة من الحياة إذا كان الصيٝ أقصر. والحياة هي أعظم معلم، وليس النظام التعليمي.
Sweetbud49
on 09/11/13
jennespo73 and 1 others liked this  
The reason why I think the school year should be longer is that I feel that children would get more learning out of the educational system.
johnwx69
on 09/16/13
007frodo and 6 others liked this  
yeah, but they would also get less adventure and excitement out of life if summer was shorter. And life is the greatest teacher, not an educational system.
cortexifan
on 09/17/13
well said.
tytytee
on 09/12/13
007frodo and 6 others liked this  
Where is the option that says "It needs to be shorter"?
romanczuk
on 09/10/13
Vangamer and 9 others liked this  
So I am in a minority here. My kids are no longer in school so I am not saying it sitter services. I am also a former teacher. Originally schools were out for the summer so that children could help on the farm. Most students regress or lose a lot of information over the summer. That means that the first couple of months of the new school year are used to review the knowledge or learning lost over the summer break. One school system I worked for actually started the end of July and went through the school year until June. The students and their families got two-week breaks every couple of months. During the breaks the students could take classes for enrichment or not do anything at all--parents' choice.
johnwx69
on 09/16/13
DFdirector liked this  
you are selfish. You only want kids school years to be longer because you listen to the stereotypes that kids be lazy all summer long. Well kids NEED summer vacation, it wasn't just to help on the farm.
All you poeple who say kids need longer school years are just selfish parents or jealous teachers who either think it's too much work to take care of your kids during summer, or who listen to a bunch of stereotypes that kids sit around all summer long doing nothing!
dhawkins1228
on 09/10/13
DFdirector and 12 others liked this  
I have been a teacher for over 10 years. If students regress over the summer than they didn't truly learn what they were being taught. Students at our school lose very little over the summer. Students need quality instruction, not quantity. The school year is long enough. Summer vacations are important for children. It allows them time with their families, time to embark on their own adventures, and free time to just be kids.
daughterofbill
on 09/12/13
I agree! Families need time to travel together, spend a month at Grandma's, visit other relatives...My family loaded up our car and went from Texas to Pennsylvania most summers to see our relatives. We took every conceivable route to and from to see all of the natural beauties and man-made wonders of our great nation, including touring Washington, DC. Other years we drove to Wyoming and went camping in the Big Horn Mountains, sometimes by way of the Grand Canyon. Two week breaks here and there through the year would have meant very rushed trips and no real relaxation time for us kids before or after travel.
I also agree that if a student really learned a concept, a brush-up or review at the start of the next school year would bring it all back. School is in danger of being the tail wagging the dog, it is not the reason children exist, it exists to help children prepare for adult life. But it is not the only preparation that children need, and it should not take ALL of their t
dhawkins1228
on 09/12/13
*then
BKUETOPAZ
on 09/12/13
NO
molt
on 09/11/13
its fine the ways it is
Lounger
on 09/11/13
AandJ and 1 others liked this  
No , actually I think the school year should be shorter.
larlin13
on 09/11/13
molt liked this  
the kids in the us need to be more serious about school
TrishaAnderson01
on 09/11/13
School year is just fine the way it is. There are other issues going on in our world that we can pay more attention to that the school year for children.
inkycat
on 09/11/13
carolynk616 and 1 others liked this  
My son is a 2nd grader and attends Year Round school. He goes from July 18-June 5. He goes the same number of days as regular school, the breaks are just done through out the year instead of all at once during the summer. The rotation is 45 days on, 15 days off. It helps children so they don't regress during the summer. It's also nice to have optional times during the year to vacation instead of waiting 9 months for summer vacation. It is working out very well and other schools in our area are considering switching to this school model. Even the teachers are very supportive of it.
Colliegirl99
on 09/11/13
It should be extended , but somethings that are just plain fun should be included
SwagRox3
on 09/11/13
DFdirector and 4 others liked this  
Yep, kids need breaks.
dimlim
on 09/11/13
AandJ and 2 others liked this  
Let the kids have their break. Their lives will be much harder in the future anyway.
phat118
on 09/10/13
jadenyuki8000 and 4 others liked this  
extending the school year, LOL Never! I barely have any time to play games on school days. When I go home after school I sleep for like 2-4 hours, and by that time it is 6pm or 8pm then I have to do homework which is like 2 hours 10pm. After that I have to go to sleep again -_- and wake up at 5AM. Anyone who says the school year should be extended, should experience it themselves or pretend your in someone elses shoes, where it takes a person 1 hour to take the bus to school and back home, because that is how it is like for me. So think how it would feel to be another person who has a very harsh schedule, before judging.
cdj41
on 09/11/13
thereis1leslie and 1 others liked this  
Another option, having less vacations during the school year. I never had a week off in February for President's Day. We had just the one day. Some school districts also have the entire week for Thanksgiving. Yes, I've through school, college and now I'm a teacher. Also review proper grammar.
Shellie1210
on 09/10/13
thereis1leslie and 6 others liked this  
You think you have it hard? Wait until you have a job and live in the real world. We have this schedule all year without a six week break and several two week breaks to look forward to and no time for a two hour nap every evening. I wish!

And what are you on about, "Anyone should experience it for themselves."? I'm pretty sure most people here have already been to school, we're not all four years old.
triathlon29
on 09/11/13
dc5523 and 1 others liked this  
But I question why those of us in the working world think this is such a great schedule for those of us in the United States. In some countries people get several weeks off from work paid to recover and to reenergize, rather than just to burn out. These are some of the countries with the most productive work forces in the world too.
phat118
on 09/11/13
Lol i also forgot to mention, that I also work. and you also quoted my thesis wrong. And i'm pretty sure people don't have the same schedule as everyone else -_-. And it also depends on the school, if they want to give a week break or 2 weeks break, I am pretty sure not all schools have a state mandatory school breaks, because there is no state mandatory school breaks. Schools can give the students breaks anytime they want. So do a little research... or like I said put yourself in someone elses shoes.
Shellie1210
on 09/11/13
I don't need to do any research, I was basing my comment on what you'd written, saying you have it hard because you have to have a four hour nap every evening. Most people don't have time for that, it's a luxury.

Now you're talking about 'states', are you talking about the USA? See, you didn't mention that either, I'm in the UK and was basing my comment on that, school breaks are set here and aren't decided by the school.. So do a little research...
Silvershade122
on 09/10/13
I think it's ok..but I'm leaning on both sides. When I was in school I use to feel like summer break was kinda just there to tease me...it never felt good to be away, as when I got back, I felt like I was starting all over again. Maybe it's just me, but it always seemed to get in my way.
sdmitch16
on 09/11/13
I can sympathize with that. I also got really bored with summer break after enough time. I also got really bored with long periods of school. If only they had broken the break up into smaller pieces throughout the year.
JessChen
on 09/10/13
Kandybars liked this  
Why should it be all year long? Children need to take a break from school, and have time to play and just have fun. If it was all year long family would not be able to be together much except on weekends and that's not enough for vacations. It is fine the way it is.
sdmitch16
on 09/10/13
MoneyLadyO liked this  
They should also play in a variety of environments. YRS with its frequent breaks would make that much easier. Also, 'playing' gets repetitive after a while. I think more periods of play that lasted longer would provide a higher quality childhood.
Cdaae663
on 09/10/13
MoneyLadyO and 7 others liked this  
I think some of you are mistaking "year round school" for "no breaks at all." The only difference is that the breaks are split out more evenly through the year, so they're still getting their breaks. The drop-out rate is lower for year round schools. Their year-end gaining for math and reading is higher, since students have increased learning retention. YRS could also be a really good option for lower-income families. It's been said to decrease levels of stress in students and teachers. I'm not saying it's a perfect system, but neither is the traditional school system. But YRS definitely has more benefits than people realize.
sdmitch16
on 09/10/13
I completely agree. I'd also like to add that the only reason we have summer vacation in the first place is so kids could help with farm work since America started as a farming centric nation.
telos27
on 09/10/13
inkycat and 4 others liked this  
People who have never attended a year round school often take the term too literally. I attended both traditional and year round schools. I liked YRS SO much better than traditional. The breaks were about every 3 months for a few weeks, which is more than enough time for rest and relaxation and vacation time, but not so long that you began to forget what you had learned prior to the break. At the beginning of the year there was less time relearning the information when school resumed after break. It was also far less stressful than traditional schools with trying to cram so much information in such a limited amount of time. Granted, there are time restrains in year round schools too, but it felt more relaxed. As you said there are many benefits and I would take yrs any day over traditional.
Ty21577
on 09/10/13
alphamom6 and 4 others liked this  
I think the kids deserve a summer vacation. It gives them time to enjoy their childhood. I think that taking away their summer vacation would make them overworked and tired. We had summer vacations, and most of us remember them as being some of the best times of our lives!
sdmitch16
on 09/10/13
XxCkelly1316xX liked this  
I'm pretty sure 9 months is too long for them to stay attentive anyways. Instead there should be more breaks during the school year. Also, i don't think any amount of recuperation happens during vacation after a certain amount of time. Eventually, it's just being lazy so instead there should be more frequent smaller breaks.
sharongonzalez1
on 09/10/13
the time now is perfect to me now i would not want it to change
sdmitch16
on 09/10/13
Not during the school year. Not unless they got frequent breaks
ojibwaqueen
on 09/10/13
TimCanterbury30 liked this  
I enjoy having my kids around! So nay on longer school year! It is fine just the way it is.
sdmitch16
on 09/10/13
You'd see them more often if there were breaks in school which there would be with year round school.
SwagTrevis
on 09/10/13
refer me?
rhainey
on 09/10/13
maybe the kids get tired if the school year get extended..
ANGELWIZARD7
on 09/10/13
I LIKE THE WAY THE SCHOOL DAYS ARE, THE KIDS SHOULD HAVE SUMMER VACATION,I HOPE IT STAYS THE WAY IT IS.
ANGELWIZARD7
on 09/10/13
ii
EWMom
on 09/10/13
NewMomma2011 and 9 others liked this  
Year round school is actually really close to what we have now in our school district. In year round school instead of having 2-3 months off in the summer it is broken up throughout the year. So instead of 4 days in November and 2-3 weeks in Dec/Jan the kids are off from Thanksgiving to New Years. We can actually plan a winter vacation that isn't on a holiday BONUS!! In the spring you get 2 weeks instead of one and then summer is like a month and a half. Your child never gets out of routine, which is crucial in my home, and the parents can plan visits and vacations throughout the year not just at one time. Biggest bonus is that the kids benefit from not having to have a "refresher" for about a month at the beginning of the year!!!
FujikoChan
on 09/10/13
NewMomma2011 and 1 others liked this  
That's what I was thinking of when they mentioned year-round school.
waffocopter
on 09/10/13
Arduino96922 and 1 others liked this  
That actually sounds pretty acceptable. I could live with that.
mehreenfaizan
on 09/10/13
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mehreenfaizan
on 09/10/13
i am missing my school time
shinbikiller
on 09/10/13
South Korea has long hours of school. They have the best education.
Ahadk24
on 09/10/13
It should be longer
CountryLizB
on 09/10/13
DFdirector and 1 others liked this  
I didn't vote, because there's no option for a shorter year.
petethekiller
on 09/10/13
sdmitch16 liked this  
why should teachers go on unemployment every year? teachers are lazy. why would anyone want to make 25K a year and get laid off in the summer? LAZY! who needs teachers anyways?!!!
Cdaae663
on 09/10/13
punster and 1 others liked this  
You're either very sarcastic or incredibly ignorant, because that is not how it works at all. Tell that to a teacher and hear what they have to say. And before you post on public forums again, I would do some research on the topic so you don't look like some ignoramus bigmouth that has no idea what they're talking about.
ralwine
on 09/10/13
elapla9635 liked this  
This is the kind of response Petey here was hoping to achieve. He's just ignorant, like you said. Don't give these trolls the time of day.
Soulcat
on 09/10/13
Arduino96922 and 2 others liked this  
Where was "I don't care" as an option?
elizzabie
on 09/10/13
LessThanJenna liked this  
Yet, you cared enough to type that.
surveys
on 09/10/13
school yr is just the right lenght
coolmom2012
on 09/10/13
minnamines and 2 others liked this  
I like having my child around, she has grown up toooooooo fast and will be out of the house in no time and will miss her
terry1905
on 09/10/13
sdmitch16 liked this  
up here in north we have so many darn snow days that the kids pretty much go all year. i say get rid of a break some where and let them out june first
coolmom2012
on 09/10/13
DFdirector and 3 others liked this  
Kids don't have time to be a kid any more
AMST
on 09/10/13
sdmitch16 and 1 others liked this  
The year should be longer, 2 months of summer makes kids forget everything ! We should have more small breaks throughout the school year.
Aschneider22
on 09/10/13
coolmom2012 liked this  
Kids look forward to summer vacation. I think they should continue reading and learning at home but still get to have a s
ummer break.
tomcat0103
on 09/10/13
minnamines liked this  
maybe longer days and shorter years
terry1905
on 09/10/13
Arduino96922 and 4 others liked this  
i did not see an option for a shorter year.
terry1905
on 09/10/13
coolmom2012 liked this  
i think they go to late in to the summer as it is. They should end the year on june 1st. The school year is way to long for kids.
chewinbubblegum
on 09/10/13
coolmom2012 liked this  
Um really, 10 months total is enough. Kids burn out easy and then stop paying attention all together. In my opinion the parents who don't want to fork out$ for dday care etc. plus the debt school districts are getting worth so paying salaraies to all that make the school function ... where would the $ come from.
tightlacedboots
on 09/10/13
sdmitch16 and 1 others liked this  
I think it depends what you are talking about. I think the long summer breaks that some schools do isn't necessarily well received. Kids get bored, if you aren't taking vacations with the family then parents are just paying for daycare and kids are forgetting information from school during the long break if they aren't being forced to review. I am homeschooling my son this year, plan to do light amounts of school in summer. Though I am a fan of year-round school, too (liked it as a kid).
dmridley51
on 09/10/13
terry1905 liked this  
I'm glad I don't have kids in school anymore. I don't think I would of liked the kids in school year round, after all the kids looked forward to summer vacation time( after all they do deserve a break) and so did the parents, for that is when most people planed their family vacations.
mjtyrer
on 09/10/13
sdmitch16 and 1 others liked this  
Our kids are falling behind in education, homework is not the answer any longer. Shorten the school week and lengthen the school year, kids need more structure and socialization.
PseudoRandom
on 09/10/13
Arduino96922 and 7 others liked this  
Give the poor kids a break! The last thing they need is more time in our high pressured, unindividualized, teaching-to-the-test school system. School should encourage each child's innate curiousity and gave them room to explore their individual interests according to their personal learning style. Until that happens, more school will only compound the problems of a broken system. We need more education not more school days.
sk8terh8ter
on 09/10/13
yeah give them a break
EWMom
on 09/10/13
Also teaching to the test is not really going to be happening with the new Core Knowledge program that has been developed and all but 2 states are adopting it and will be in full effect by 2015
jaycee2002
on 09/10/13
sdmitch16 and 1 others liked this  
I wish schools would start after Labor Day and end before Memorial Day. I also think the school days should be longer (like a regular workday). It would take the pressure off of parents trying to get there kids and having to leave early to go and get them. With all that being said, the schools should offer summer camps that can get keep the kids busy. It would teach them what "work" is like every day. I have come across many young adults that don't know the meaning of work and choose not to. They should also teach things that kids can use in every day life.
spongey7777777
on 09/10/13
Strongly disagree, kids need time to be kids, when they start to get part time jobs then they will learn how to work, and plus dome adults that are succsesful dont have to work every day
BH2ify
on 09/10/13
Arduino96922 and 1 others liked this  
has nothing to do with poll, but the yellow percentage looks like PacMan.
Ozgal
on 09/10/13
Other countries have longer school days and more school days in the year. Some even have school on Saturday.
dtcarson
on 09/10/13
My son is in year-round school, nine weeks on and three weeks off, and both he and I like it. Of course it won't work for high school or maybe even junior high - summer jobs etc - but I think it's good for elementary and middle. I don't think we need 'more' hours or days of school, it should be spread throughout the year more evenly like year round. If kids and parents don't care about education 180 days of the year, adding 20 or 40 days won't make much difference.

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