I have noticed that over 3,000 schools have year-round schedules and in the region of Texas that I live in we have a traditional 180 day schedule and school starts on August 14
and ends around May 26.So I'm wondering which schedule is better?
I'd prefer year-round school. Personally, I can only view the traditional system as counter-productive. I have to admit, I despise Summer break. Three months is ridiculous. I spend well over half of my time bored to tears, doing anything but what one would consider productive activity - lest you count reading. The mind rots. In that time span, I tend to forget alot of things I'd learned the past year. Granted, a healthy review to start off the year is always present, but it need not be that way. With year-round school, the mind isn't given 1/4 of a year to cease vigorous functioning. Such a review would be unnecessary - giving more time to hone already present skills and learn new facts, ideas and concepts.
I envy those who have year-round school. From what I hear, most of them have every friday off. That in itself is a blessing. I'd take those 52 extended weekends over summer break, no questions asked. Plus, year-round would also mean that the other breaks would be lengthened, too, I assume. I've always wished winter break was an extra week longer, as with spring. A fall break would be nice. Heck, a nice 2-week break during each season would be ideal. But three months all at once? No. That's overkill.
Three months break in the summer? We only get six weeks!
Personally, I wouldn't particularly mind which school system got used over here (partly coz I'm not in school anymore ), but it would mean I'd have to figure out what's going on from scratch all the time. One- or two-week breaks every now and then would likely be better than the current system, though.
I actually love the summer holiday. Because it's so long, you get the chance to really relax. With just two weeks of holiday, you don't have enough time to unwind and stop fretting over school. You also get the time to travel, without taking days off of school. All-year-round school might be working well too, but I like the way it is now. Possibly a week more of winter holidays, and a week shorter in summer, but don't you dare remove the long Summer break.
Myah, I only have a year and a half left in school anyways. ^_~
I'm currently more or less homeschooled, and I love it. It keeps my mind from rotting, and at home, I work much more efficiently then at school, due to a lack of breaks, no travelling time, no annoying classmates, not having to get ready for school, and when I can't concentrate, I can just take a little break, play a little on my GCN, instead of just conciously vegitate 'till the class is over :razz:.
In coclusion, neither (though I must admit I was considering voting 'All School is Dumb' ).
I like the way my school is, The Traditional(I think). I don't know how I could possibly live with school 365 days. Seriously. I hate school enough, and I dont' know how I can live with my teacher, never EVER EVER would I choose year round with HER. I was also thinking of doing All School is Dumb, since I hate school.
Well, traditional schedule to me means Start in September and end in June. Its defferent wherever you go. My old school was August - May. I like Sept-June because August usually has really great weather and its a nice month. Its hard to concentrate in class when its so hot and nice outside u spend half your time wishing you were outside (at least more than usual =P)
I'd pefer the traditional school schedule. It would just be too much for me aleast for year round school. No time to relax except the weekend. On the other side my knowledge would be much easier to remember.
I don't think I could handle having to go to school year. I need summer to decompress and let all the built up stress out of my system. I would eventually explode and go postal on everything if I didn't have a summer with which to cool down.
I should also mention that IB'ers need the summer to work on their extended essay, World Lit papers, and CAS hours without having to deal with daily assignments and tests to worry about.
Like others said, you get to relax, and be comfortable. You dont have to worry that in a week you have to go back to your hectic schedule. Plus this summer Im going to use to study and hone my computing skills.
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I love the Summer holidays, and the last term of school. It's always so much better. Three months this year, because I'm in Secondary now (I'm a big boy, lol.). So, Traditional then, I could never stand a full year of school. No time to unwind and relax. With Summer you get, nice weather, ice-cream, time to hang out, and Summer Project! (It's like a two week camp, with virtually no work involved, just play sports and stuff.)
I prefer the Traditional School system. Everyone needs a little break from school to relieve the stresses they had during the school year. Right now I have been going to Uni for 8 semasters in a row. Kind of like the Year-Round schedule as I took Summer classes and all I got was a two weeks break. Right now I feel sick of school and I can't wait till May 6th. >.>
I'm homeschooled, so I guess I could pick my own schedule...
I like the traditional schedule, though I guess I wouldn't mind getting every friday off.
The only problem is, all my friends get off in the summer, so I wouldn't get to go certain places, like...Six Flags, or concerts or stuff.
But, yeah, either way, two months of summer isn't worth it. I say we should just learn more faster and get more off...like a college. That'd be cool, though it would be harder...
I prefer year-round school. There's alot of benefits of going to school year-round. Yeah you don't have a summer vacation, but you do get around 3 weeks off for holidays and such after every quarter. You won't have to waste time getting caught up every year because of the long summer break, you just start where you left off and get on with it. That's basically how college works. So all you traditional schoolers better get ready! Bwahahaha! But of course, with college (most of them) you get the option of taking the a quarter off without having to give up that 6-month grace period for loans [complicated I know and most of you probably don't understand what I just said, but you will. (assuming most of you haven't gone to college yet...)] and most people choose summer.