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Moms Talk: Year-Round School

Should Farmington Schools consider this controversial option?

Lake Orion may become the first Michigan school district with year-round school throughout the district. A task force with communitywide representation is meeting to consider whether to implement this option.

According to research published at edweek.org, more than 2.3 million students in more than 3,100 public schools attended school year-round in 2002-03. The report explains that advocates say year-round school increases student acheivement, while opponents say it interferes with family life and that children still learn during the summer months off school, but in different ways.

What do you think about year-round school? Should consider this option?

Carol Lundberg June 08, 2011 at 05:17 PM
Oh yes, absolutely. I come from a family of educators, and they agree that students lose so much over the summer that teachers have to spend the first month (at least) reviewing, when they could be teaching new material. I see it in my own middle schooler - it's like summertime just sucks out all the information he had stored in his head. Even if we had the exact same number of instructional days (though I think we do need more) breaking up time off so the students have more breaks throughout the year would be fantastic for retention of information.
Vera Lucksted June 08, 2011 at 07:27 PM
I agree with Carol, having shorter breaks through the year is a good thing and would help students retain what they have learned. I would also like to see changes made to the HS schedule with late afternoon/evening classes available for students.
Bryce June 08, 2011 at 09:16 PM
When Michigan was heavily agrarian, it made sense for schools to close during the summer months so children could help on the farm. In today's world, given the proven benefits to students year round classes provide, closing schools for the summer makes no sense whatsoever to me.

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