By: Roy M., Teen Blogger
Note from Hannah: You may remember that in June, one of our bloggers discussed the concept of year-round school. Since then, several of our bloggers have considered the issue and written about their take on the balanced school schedule.
There are many different opinions about year round school. Some may say it’s a good thing, while others may be against it.
There are many pros of having year round school. You would get to see your friends and classmates all the time, instead of seeing them like once or twice after school gets out. Another pro would be that you would probably get longer breaks if you keep the same number of days. For example if your spring break is only a week, maybe it could be two or three weeks long. Also, if school was year-round, there probably wouldn’t be as much summer homework to do because summer break would only be a couple weeks instead of two or so months. If school was year-round, there would probably be some summer sports to do like sports camp, but it’s for school because I know that schools don’t always run sports camps for all sports. Another pro is that you would get to know your teachers more because you’ll see them more often. Those are some pros of having year-round school.
There are also many cons of having year-round school. One con is that there really isn’t anything to look forward to because as a student myself, I know one of the biggest things I look forward to during the school year is when school gets out because there are like two months of no school. Another con is that students might start slacking off more because they are getting tired of school and having no summer break. Also, if school was year-round, it would be harder to plan a vacation because a vacation is usually a week or so, and if school was year-round, you might only be able to go on vacation during certain times. You can’t just go whenever you want because of school. Another con is for college students to come back home, if school was year round they would only come back home for two or so weeks and have to leave again because there is no summer break, which is when college students go back home and spend an extended period with their families. It would also be harder for college students whose families are overseas because it’s a lot more expensive to go back home for only around two weeks. It’s much more convenient if it was for like two months. Also if there was no summer break, you would most likely have to choose between going on vacation and hanging out with your friends because each break would only be a couple weeks, which isn’t a lot of time. Those are some cons of having year-round school.
As you can see, there are many pros and cons of having year-round school. But if you ask students what they would like, I know I would prefer not having year-round school, and I think most students would agree with me because summer break is where some of your best memories can come from.