As the school year heads into its final months, many teachers may be counting the days until summer break. But in recent years, a number of commentators and organizations have argued that the traditional school summer vacation should be significantly curtailed, and a growing number of schools have adopted year-round schedules. Advocates say that the summer break no longer suits the schedules of today’s families, and that students lose essential learning time. Others, however, say that students (not to mention teachers) need the break from school to experience alternative kinds of activities, and that year-round schooling can actually impede student progress.
What’s your view? Does the school calendar need to be changed? How would year-round schooling affect the teaching profession?
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Talkback blog.