Different Types Of Year Long Curriculum

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Year-long schools are defined as when a school participates in 180 days, but instead of a summer break, their breaks are spread throughout the year. There are different types of year-long curriculum, but the most popular calendar is the 45-15 day plan which is also referred to as a balanced calendar. The 45-15 plan, consisting of 45 days (or 9 weeks) of learning and then a 15 day (3 week) break. Since the original reason of a long break at the end of the year no longer makes sense in this decreased agricultural world, many people are advocating a shift away from this ‘antiquated’ 9-month school year in favor of year-round education.

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So what are the main issues of keeping the traditional calendar instead of the balanced (year-long) calendar? The main issues are a lack of knowledge, health, and safety concerns. According to Primer on Summer Learning Loss, most students lose about two months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Students are required to go to school for nine months every year for about thirteen years (K-12). Out of those nine months, two of them are spent reviewing the material they used the previous year, that most of the students forgot over the summer. So an average student spends 26 months, or over two years, of their primary school education just being retaught old material. With implementing the year-long schools, students have a better opportunity for retaining information, and school systems
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