Should school be year round?


Year-round schooling: a full school year with shorter breaks within the year versus the two month summer break most of us know and love. I don’t know about you, but to me, that sounds far too excessive and unnecessary for both students and teachers alike. Having school year-round would definitely increase costs due to management needs and would give less time for schools to improve and develop buildings. According to “Pros and Cons of Year-Round School” from Lamar University, “Many school districts argue that maintaining buildings year round would be more expensive. In some areas, air conditioning facilities during hot summer months would be costly. Summer breaks also provide adequate time to conduct lengthy maintenance projects on school buildings.” Additionally, advocates argue that year-round schooling would improve learning for students throughout the year, while others say that year-round schooling would take away from a child’s experience. Stated by the article “The Pros and Cons of Year-Round School” by Amanda Morin, “Students in year-round school may miss out on opportunities to spend time with children of other ages while learning about nature, as typical summer camp experiences may no longer be a part of the childhood experience.” Altogether, I believe that year-round schooling lacks benefits for both students and teachers.