This article from the Huffington Post, “Year-Round And Traditional Schools Elicit Debate,” talks about how some school systems have switched to a year-round school calendar, as opposed to a 10-month calendar with a 2-month summer break like we have here in New York.
Year-round school is often viewed as a solution for poor-performance and achievement gaps. But according to the article, “Research on whether learning improves in year-round schools is mixed, with some year-round schools reporting gains and others finding that kids on traditional schedules do better.”
What do you think of the idea of year-round school? If you are unfamiliar with the year-round concept, rest assured that kids on these schedules usually have the same number of school days – about 180 a year – as kids in regular schools. But vacations are distributed differently. Instead of having 10 or 12 weeks off in summer, kids might have a series of three-week breaks spread throughout the year.