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Year-round better than long summer

Published 5:34pm Friday, June 1, 2012

Dear Editor,

The state has just passed a law requiring schools to start later and end earlier. The main reason for this, they say, is to help tourism.

I think this is a bad decision. In my opinion, we should be going the other way. Just because students aren’t in school doesn’t mean parents aren’t still working. I doubt the longer summer is going to cause people to take more vacations. Instead, they will have to pay for two more weeks of baby sitting.

Long summers don’t make sense anymore. I would suggest that we move to a system of year-round school, with two-week breaks between each quarter, and a three- or four-week break between the fourth quarter and the beginning of the next grade.

Students would not forget so much in the summer, and they would be less likely to get burned out. Also, those students who depend on school for breakfast and lunch would not have to go a whole summer wondering where their next meal is coming from.

We need to embrace change and realize that long summer breaks are no longer a good thing. Children are not going home in the summer to help with the harvest any more.

Todd Alexander, Calera

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  • thumper

    So, what you are saying is that teachers need to be the babysitters? I do understand the concern for children needing a meal. As always though, the education system is no longer concentrating on educating children. It is all about teaching to a test (not teachers’ idea or joy),and raising children who are NOT being raised by their parents. Yes, there are exceptions to that. As far as the children “forgetting” things, whether they are out for 3 months or 4 weeks, when they get to their next grade, they spend that time reviewing anyway. Breaks in the year? With all of those breaks in the year, as soon as a teacher gets something going with the children, here comes another break. There is no continuity – only rush, rush, rush – cram in another concept for the “big test” whether ALL of the children understand or not. Nope. Bring on the big long break and let the children be children and get outside and play! They no longer know what it is to be a child. All they know is pressure. OH!Let the teachers have a good long break with their families – yes – they have children too they would love to spend some RELAXING time with. AND, last but not least, let TEACHERS do their jobs.

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