Schools Should Be Going Year Round
Our traditional school schedule was set on framework based on agrarian culture of the 18th and early 19th century. The children were needed more in the spring and summer times to help on family farms. This is why we have 180 days in school and long summers out of school. Year Round schools do not add any days into the school schedule, but instead the school schedule is just re-arranged for when and how the long breaks are. There are many different ways to make year round school work which increase its advantages. Currently there have been few studies on the advantages and disadvantages of year round school, but many foreign countries are utilizing the year round school model. For example Korea has 220 days of school and Japan has 243 days of school year round. Making Year Round School mandatory across the United States will be off for our children generations to come.
There are many types of calendars for schools, all consisting of the same number of school days, but differ in structure. Meaning you would have your traditional calendar year which is what most US schools base their school days on; consisting of short breaks throughout the year, typically during the winter and spring, with a lengthy summer vacation. Then single-track year-round calendar is where the entire student body takes vacations during the same intervals of time, yet they are dispersed throughout the year more or less evenly.
Also available is a multi-track year-round calendar where the breaks are evenly throughout the year, but also dividing the student body into separate tracks, meaning vacations are staggered throughout the year by different tracks(). Multi-track schedules are becoming popular in year-round schools for the reason that the entire student body is never in attendance at one time, leaving increased enrollment per facility. Because of their potential to alleviate school overcrowding, multi-track calendars have received...