For generations of American children, summer has brought months of freedom from the academic schedule. But that’s no longer true for the more than 2 million K-12 students enrolled in year-round schools, which sprinkle shorter breaks throughout the calendar. We asked two educators who have experienced both systems:
Should long summer breaks be a thing of the past?
—Joan Anderson teaches 2nd and 3rd grade at the School For All Seasons, an optional year-round program within the Isanti Intermediate School in Isanti, Minnesota.
—Duncan Blankenship teaches 7th grade social studies on a year-round schedule at Model Middle School in Rome, Georgia.
A version of this article appeared in the May 01, 2007 edition of Teacher as School’s Out-or Not