The Role Of Traditional School Year Schedules

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Education, school; words that in America, are as common and as free as the air

around us. Even though our education has been hard earned, we don’t fully harness our

educational freedoms. Many countries in this world do not have access to education;

there are children and teenagers all over the world who cannot go to school to make a

better future for themselves and their nation. Yet the education we have here in America

is free to anyone who wants it. Why don’t we try to better our education? It is because

of this, our country has fallen from its high position in the international rankings and is

suffering greatly. Traditional school year schedules were originally designed in

compliance with agriculture. In the time schools were developed, life was centered on

farming, making the summer break a necessity for students so that they could be home

for planting and harvest seasons. Even after the importance of agriculture dwindled,

schools stuck to the traditional schedule in part because it was difficult to hold classes

during the summer months without air conditioning. The year round school schedule

would be beneficial to this country’s education and future success.

In the early 1900s, American schools started to incorporate year round schedules,

but the idea did not become popular until the past two decades when it became clear

that American test scores were failing. Year round schooling is a misleading term; many

students imagine they
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