Pros and Cons of Year-Round Education
Pros and cons mean advantages and disadvantages.
Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss the pros and cons of year-round education.Year-round education is controversial subject with many parents and teachers, as well as students. It means that school days are maintained roughly throughout the year and generally match the amount of the traditional school year. But instead of a long two or three month summer break, there are shorter, more frequent breaks throughout the school year.Students may get used to learning as an ongoing activity, and keep their brain active throughout the school year, instead of possibly turning it off during those summer months.And it can often be a better use of school time, instead of leaving those buildings dormant for three whole months. It also saves students and teachers time. Students may learn faster with less backtracking, and teachers don't need to go back and review as much, and can keep that learning momentum going.More frequent breaks mean that students and teachers burn out less. Teaching is done over a more measured pace, and students don't have to stay up as late to keep up with homework. And parents may feel some relief from year-round education as well. Child care becomes less of an issue over the summer, if they don't have to find a place to place their child over an extended period of time.But there are disadvantages to year-round education as well. Summer programs decline in importance, such as summer camps or other fun activities that can only be experienced in the warm summer weather. And students may lose out on internships or summer jobs. This may mean they're losing out on credits or financial compensation.And it's scientifically unclear whether or not students will retain information if they take part in the year-round school system structure. And speaking of school systems, there could be a little bit of chaos if part of the school system or structure has the year-round school system, and part has the traditional.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.