Year-round schools a step in right direction
Every teacher and student knows that the period from winter break to spring break is one long monotonous slog, studded with the low point of FCATs. And from spring break to the end of the school year, it's a slippy slide toward summer.
Turn out the lights and let your mind go blank until August, when it's time to reacquaint and spend the first weeks remembering everything forgotten over the summer. Could it be that the only time of the school year that brains are properly in gear is a couple months in the fall?
That's why year-round school makes sense. And I hope Palm Beach County -- and eventually every other school -- follows the successful lead of Hallandale Elementary.
How families would make it work is a different issue. But it's not insurmountable. Solutions have a way of rising up around a situation.
Summer break is an antiquated convention dating back to when we were an agricultural economy. Anybody been to a farm lately? I didn't think so.
I know that in my household, the beginning of summer is filled with good intentions. By the end, my teacher husband can't wait to get back to work and out from under "daddy day camp." Even the kids will grudgingly admit they are ready to go back to school.
The issue shouldn't be decided on family vacations or complicated work and childcare schedules. That's not a good enough reason to avoid what's best for learning.
Given the choice, I'd put my kids in a year-round school. What would you do?
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