Year-Round Schooling Argumentative Essay.doc

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Benzing 1 Lauren Benzing Ms. Nielsen English 9 6 November 2009 Year-Round Schooling: A Beneficial Opportunity Students, do you often feel bored at the end of summer? Do you hate forgetting material you have previously learned? Teachers, isn't it frustrating to have to waste precious class time re- teaching and reviewing things that students have already learned, but forgot? Year-round school would be a simple, yet beneficial solution to these problems. For many reasons, a year-round school schedule would be a great leap forward for the education systems of America, which are lacking compared to European and Asian ones (Holland). Year-round school should be mandatory for all students in grades K-12. Year-round education would improve student retention, ease transitions, refresh students and help them achieve better, address students’ individual needs, create benefits for teachers, improve family life, and give back to society. Students who attend school year-round are able to retain more knowledge and move along at a steadier pace than students who follow the customary school year. Summer inflicts great amounts of learning loss on students enrolled in traditional school programs. Research taken over a one hundred year time span has shown that students taking the same standardized test both before and after summer break will have a significantly lower score the second time (Cooper). On average, students enrolled in conventional school programs lose about one month of learning every summer, especially in the areas of math and spelling (Sadowski). Studies taken
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Benzing 2 by the National Summer Learning Association indicated that at best, students had little or no academic growth over summer breaks and at worst, students were losing up to three months of learning (Cooper). The time away from school during summer clearly causes a "learning gap" in children’s education. Students remember more when they spend less time away from school (Grescoe). This is why year-round school, also known as YRS, provides students with such an immense advantage. There are numerous layouts for year-round school, depending on the district's unique needs and interests. This essay will address single-track year-round schooling, in which students all have the same schedule. A common misconception is that year-round schools are in session more days than a regular school, when in fact students from both types of schools usually attend around one hundred eighty days. Several short breaks are allotted within a school year. For example, the most popular schedule is called a "45/15 plan." On this plan, students spend forty-five days in school, and then take a fifteen day break. The 45/15 plan still includes all the standard breaks for holidays (Bradley). A very favorable advantage to any year-round school plan is that students don't forget as much of the material that they learn. For year-round school attendees, there is no long, monotonous, three-month summer break, filled with little learning. Instead, students take a brief break from school and then they roll right from one grade
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