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  • Longer School years??? For it or Against it?

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    15 posts, 12 voices, 731 views, started Sep 28, 2010

    Posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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      President Obama is looking to extend the school year. Are you for it or against it and why?

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          Vikki Hall wrote Sep 28, 2010
        • I don’t have any kids in school but I wish we had longer school years they were younger.
          My reasons are this: summer is too long and they get bored, they tend to forget some of what they learned and struggle each new year, they struggle to learn what they need in the current school year, for single/working parents it will help keep their kids from being alone (it happens since most day care won’t take 12yr olds and the law says they‘re not suppose to be alone till 14)and out of trouble. Since kids our the future leaders we should invest more time in them to ensure they can handle the future.

          I realize teachers are not babysitters and should never be viewed as such. But I also think teaching kids that have been there all year would be easier on them. I think they deserve a raise (Come on now! The people teaching our future leaders get paid pennies and the scum that runs our country makes tons of money, where’s the fairness?)I also think there should be breaks thru out the year to help give everyone a chance to recoup.

          Finally I think the parents need to atttend class. Not just parent/teacher conference but an actual class on how to help kids at home with their studies. Also on how to support the teacher too.

          Also if I was Queen for a day I would implement a class for students called proper etiquette. And make it a required class to be able to advance to the next grade.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 28, 2010
        • Our public school teacher here make so little money that they rely on summer jobs just to make ends meet. If they had to keep their low paying teaching jobs throughout the year or reduce the hours they can work outside of teaching it would be horrible for them.



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          Kandykahne 5 wrote Sep 28, 2010
        • I don’t have kids in school anymore and you made some good points Vikki but I agree with Annie and Cynthia. I also think kids need a break. They are kids and they need time to have fun and enjoy things while they are young.happy



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          Yana Berlin wrote Sep 28, 2010
        • I agree with Annie, there are too many half days, teacher in service days, etc. Parents have to always be available on those days to stay home or arrange for babysitters.  

          I think starting school at 7:30 a.m. is way to early for most children to comprehend whats going on, especially for those States that have cold winters.  If it was up to me School day should begin at 9 a.m. and finish at 4 p.m. with an hour lunch.

          I agree with Vikki, having a class on proper etiquette is a must. I took my kids to a private lessons, and while my son didn’t respond as well as my daughters did, it still did wonders for him. Now 12 years later he still talks about it.

          I think a class on daily finances, should be mandatory in 12th grade. Kids are coming out of school without a clue as to how make a deposit or balance their check book.  

          Cynthia is right, our teachers do not get paid enough, and their job is not an easy one. Investing in our kids should begin with doubling teachers salaries, only then will this profession will begin to prosper and only then will we see that our kids are really learning.

          I’ve raised four kids in our public school system, and I can only say that in the 12 years of every child, there probably was only one or two really great teachers who had the passion to teach, the rest were just going through the motions.

          What I would like to see is not longer school year, but a better education in the time that are kids are in school.



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          Linni wrote Sep 28, 2010
        • AMEN Yana!heart



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          Tuliplady wrote Sep 28, 2010
        • I’m very much against a longer school year.

          I agree with many of the things Yana said.

          I’ve got two teenagers in school and two done with school.  All my kids have had to work summer jobs from the time they were old enough to babysit, mow lawns or whatever.  All of them are, or were employed in farming or tourism.  They need to be done with school by Memorial day and not start till Labor day to keep a job and make decent money.  

          There are a lot of educational experiences in a child’s life that don’t happen in the classroom.  I am the only mom in my family who did not homeschool my children, but my kids learned all year long whether they were in the classroom or not.



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          Jo46 wrote Sep 28, 2010
        • I have a 8 year old in school now and I do not want a longer school year!  Were out June 11th and return the week BEFORE memorial Day.  I want to choose how we use our free time in the summer.  I feel we do enough during the school year.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Sep 28, 2010
        • Some really great points made!  

          Again the things we Fabbers could accomplish if we ran the world!!!!



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          Momofthreeprincess wrote Sep 28, 2010
        • Personally I would like to see the kids go to school year around.  Each quarter would last 9 weeks with a two week or three week break.  To much information is lost.  The days would be a bit shorter too.  It would also give the schools that have over crowding a way to share class rooms.

          Teachers have inservice for educational reasons.  It gives them a chance to exchange information, learn how certain tests will be given and how it effects the class.  I have been given a real eye opener with Danielle student teaching.  Each night she has to write up a three page detailed plan about what she is teaching what material will be covered how it adhires to the state standards.  She has to make sure that she has the items needed, notes on what she will be saying and how to deal with the little problems that might arise.  This is stuff that can not be done in the class, she is to busy teaching at that time.  True she is just learning and a teacher that has been teaching a few years already has alot of this stuff done that they just carry over to the next year.  

          I have to agree with alot of what everyone is saying.  My middle daughter goes to school at 7:15 and if she was in high school she would be going at 6:15 to catch the bus.  All the high schools are on a staggered schedual.  All the middle schools and high schools have what is called block scheduals. core classes (math, english, social studies and science) are a almost two hours long.  Math and english are everyday and social studies and science are switched.  PE and Encore (band choir or life studies) are also switched.  Every child also has a study period.  

          Sorry that this got so long.



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          Yana Berlin wrote Sep 28, 2010
        • @Momofthreeprincess block schedule is incredibly inefficient, which 9th or 10th grader can stay focused for two hours straight?



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          Cheekymonkey wrote Sep 29, 2010
        • estatic I loved year round when mellisa had it.3 months on 1 off it worked well with her retaining alot of info and most of the teachers seemed to like it and they said it was positive in the way of learning. Of course had draw bcs like everything but longer year isnt smart in my mind the way they seem to be rushing through everything then with all the cuts it would make for more flustration on all from teachers to our kids. Im sorry im tierd already so my answer is only half my point. But no to blocked and longer yearsheart



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          Linda Kinsman wrote Sep 29, 2010
        • I am against it only because I watched my neice go through year round school in her high school yrs. and she felt she spent alot of time re-learning or worse, listening as the teachers re-taught other children around her and not letting her be pre-tested out of a subject so she could move on.



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