The Summer Break Tournament: Traditional Vs. Year Round

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Would you consider going to a school where you learn year-round? Maybe this would be your ideal school, but, when would you get to have some time to go to summer camp, or get a summer job, or play a sport with games during the day? Schools with the traditional schedule may actually be a better choice, and not just because kids love summer break. Schools should have a traditional school year schedule instead of a year round schedule because there isn’t a significant difference between the students’ performance, and year round schedules make planning family vacations hard, make the teachers’ job more difficult, and are more expensive. Also, having a summer break allows kids to participate in activities that they would not be able to do on a year round schedule due to the shorter breaks.
The summer vacation students on a traditional schedule receive could be very beneficial since summer gives time for the students to attend camps or other activities that would allow them to learn. The camp may not be like the learning in school, but students would be able to get a different style of education while having fun. Lynn-nore Chittom and Jeff Klassen, two authors who wrote about year-round vs. traditional schooling say, “Critics also cite year-round school as an obstacle to summer enrichment programs such as youth camps, and note that the balanced calendar model can hurt students and industries dependent on short-term summer employment” (Chittom). If students are going to school all year with only some short breaks, when would they have time to go to camp? Even if their camp is during one of their breaks, the students would have homework to complete, thus eliminating the educational effects of the camp on the student. Also, teenagers would not have time for a summer job, which would be beneficial for their resume. It is the same for any age, year round schedules would affect their plans for summer, whether it is vacation, a job, camp, or sports. Most sports games are scheduled for a time that is during school hours, so the student would either have to quit the sport, or miss school.
Schools on a balanced calendar, which means a year round calendar, may be disruptive to families. The children may go to different or they may be on a different track than their sibling(s), which means the breaks would be different for each child. With differing school schedules and the parents’ work schedule, it may be hard to schedule family reunions and other vacations. Then, there is childcare for the times the child is out of school, for students in year round and traditional schools. Beth Harpaz, a writer for the Huffington Post, writes, “For parents who need child care, those repeated short breaks can actually mean more headaches than one long summer break” (Harpaz). So it may be more difficult to find someone willing to babysit and more costly for families with children on a balanced calendar.
However, It may still seem that students who go to year round...

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