What Is Year-Round Education?
How can we maintain learning and minimize disruption?
Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll answer the question: what is year round education?Year-round education means maintaining roughly the same amount of school days throughout the year that are contained in a traditional school year. And it restructures the time off. Rather than with all that time off, eight or nine weeks in a row, there may be shorter, more frequent breaks throughout the school year. Ideally, this may maintain learning and minimize disruption.So why does the United States have the current school system structure? Students, historically, were sent out to work in the fields over the summer. And there was no air conditioning - conditions inside the classroom could be stifling. Many nations already employ year-round education. And now the United States is starting to explore the benefits of this teaching process.Some benefits are that students get used to learning as an ongoing activity. And it's often a better use of school time. Students can learn faster and do less backtracking. Also, more frequent breaks mean that students and teachers burn out less often. And child care becomes less of an issue over the summer.There are some disadvantages to year-round education as well. For example, summer programs decline in importance, such as summer camps and outdoor activities that are most enjoyable when it's warm weather. And what about summer jobs and internships? Students that are taking part in year-round education may lose out on those life-changing experiences.You can also seek out a different variation of the model of year-round education. It's called multitracking. This means that different students in different classes are meeting at different times throughout the year. It's often a better use of school resources and can help reduce class size.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.