The Political Discussion of Year-Round Schooling


New ideas of the U.S. changing school schedules to becoming year-round schooling has been a main discussion topic throughout the years with state officials, directors of education, and even President, Barack Obama. Year-round schooling is common in many different countries across the globe and allows students to go to school the whole year.  A numerous amount of people agree with the idea and hope this is a better way to help students get a global education experience.       

The number of days of year-round schooling would be identical to a regular school year, but the number of vacation days around holiday seasons would be increased.  These extra days off would allow families to plan vacations, celebrate holidays and their cultures more, and collect themselves. By giving more vacation days, students can have more time to seek out help if needed, retain and study the information more, and perhaps decrease in panic attacks, anxiety, stress, and lack of sleep.   

President Barack Obama and US director of Education Policy believe that the school schedule should be more evenly distributed and that this new proposal will help to terminate summer learning loss. Year-round schooling would stop summer learning loss. Between the remediation programs and schools, including summer school, year-round schooling would allow states to save hundreds of dollars.   

On the other hand, year-round schooling has been proven ineffective. Studies have shown that academic achievement is not based on the length of a school day or school year but on how much a student pays attention in the classrooms. Although academic achievements are based on how much a student is focused in class, a student can only truly pay attention and focus if they are medically stable, get a good night’s rest, and feel prepared. Since regular school systems have a standard five days a week system time in very cramped. When time is cramped student become more stressed about overwhelming amounts of homework and that leads to having anxiety, panic attacks, and stress eating, and becoming emotionally unfit. Also since there is a lack of time many students feel that there is just one assignment or test after the other and rushed. In the end, a more evenly distributed schedule can have students ready to focus and pay attention in class which is almost guaranteeing academic excellence.  

Overall, year-round schooling has its pros and cons including what is worth sacrificing for the global education experience. But, if year-round schooling gives them more time to complete assignments, learn information, become less stressed, and make a student’s job easier is that not what we need for new generations?