Sunday, May 22, 2011

Should US students attend school year round with no summer breaks? My thoughts

Ok so the other day I posted a survey monkey survey on this topic:

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Here are my thoughts:
I don't think it would be a bad thing to attend school year round. Our current calender was/is based on the days when children in America were needed to help on the farms of America to keep America going. Today for the most part this is no longer the case.

HOWEVER! If America were to choose this option and start requiring students to attend school year round, then America has to step up to the plate and start PAYING the teachers, paraprofessionals, and other support staff a living wage. Right now the "claim" is that we only work 36 weeks a year, and that the pay that we get is too much for that (I HIGHLY DISAGREE WITH YOU IF YOU THINK THIS!)

Also if this were to happen then we need to have breaks every 6 weeks like they do in other countries that already have this practice, and a longer break during the summer months at the hottest time of the year, when the air systems in most schools could not handle the heat of the day.

My other thought on this is that we would have to have more parental support in our schools than we do today. Parents need to step up to the plate and stop using the school system as their own personal baby sitting service. Meaning that they need to get behind the teacher and stop listening to the lies (and yes parents your children are lying to you about their behavior, if the teacher calls and says it then chances are 90% of the time the teacher is right and your child is wrong) that your child is telling you. If the teacher says they need your help with a project, or that your child needs to read more at home, then as a parent thats what needs to happen.

Oh and parents need to be held responsible for making sure that their children go to school with all of the supplies they need. Sending in paper on day 1 of school, especially if you only send in one little package of paper, means on day 10 you will need to send in more. Stop expecting the teacher and school to supply it all, especially if the United States goes year round. My paycheck barely provides paper and pencils for my own children I can't adopt all 25 students in my class and bring in paper for them every day.
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