Education is the fundamental key to our everyday lives. Knowledge is what keeps our economic growth possible. We are all taught, since childhood, that learning is a way to empower one’s self, which is why our school systems are an important part of our society. Recently, a debate has emerged as whether the year round calender is better for our students than our current ten month calender year. While three thousand other schools may have had their districts change their school systems to work year round, we must not do the same. A year round school system would do little more than frustrate us and our parents while costing the school board more. A year round system would limit our vacataions, our ability to hold summer jobs, and would put us in “coming back to school” mind thought.
Our current ten month system, with early morning start times and two or three month summer breaks was designed when many Americans lived on a farm. But despite its age, it is still better than a year round calendar. Long summer breaks are a cherished culture for some families, as it is a perfect occasion for students to take an extended break to get rejuvined. A year round system would limit these breaks to one month every few months. It also would take away from some of our yearly breaks to be fed into these “one month breaks”. Such breaks are unneccasary and the constant “coming back to school” mindset that they will put us in will not be beneficial.
A year round calander would not allow us to hold summer jobs. Instead we’d have to work at one-month jobs which get you nowhere. Many families and students alike may need the money to either pay for their cars or simply to save up for college tuition. Our current calender allows students to hold three month jobs, enough time to get both experience and money needed for their future careers.
The constant one month off would make many students forget what they had learned in school during the previous three months. Instead of one refresher course, teachers and students would have to waste time taking three refresher courses. This would create massive problems for students who tend to forget things over the summer.
Our current 10-month calender year has served us well and should continue to be our school calender. It will save us money, headaches, and unneccasary problems. Students will be able to hold summer jobs. Staff and students alike will be able to take extended vacattions. And we won’t have to worry about forgetting stuff we just learned. Please leave the current 10-month calender year as our current student calender.