Parents often fear that their children are going to regress academically over the summer holidays however year-round school schedules have actually been tried twice in the U.S.
California had 544 schools try it in the 80s and Texas had 400 in the 90s. In both instances, test scores didn’t improve, attendance suffered, and teacher burnout increased.
So here are some of the facts as to why kids don’t go to school all year round.
1. Enhances Learning and Healthy Development
Holidays are a perfect time for kids to go outside and experience childhood. In fact, some childhood development specialists advice that playing outside and outdoor activities not only increases a child’s appreciation of the environment it also reduces health problems including childhood obesity and vitamin D deficiency, increases the use of the senses, decreases attention difficulties, and lower rates of emotional illnesses like anxiety and depression. Apart from recreational activities, there are also a vast range of holiday programs for children that can help them learn and develop new skills in a fun and exciting way. These programs include public speaking classes, coding boot camp, and so much more. All of these, the activities and the holiday programs, are the types of experiences and learning opportunities your child wouldn’t get in school.
2.Long Holidays in the Summer as it is the Hottest Time of the Year
There’s a reason why almost every country in this world has summer holidays for kids – it’s the most sweltering part of the year. Although air conditioners do exist, kids don’t deserve to spend the hottest months of the year sitting inside a classroom. This time of the year it is also easier to enjoy the outdoors.
3.Both Students and Teachers Need Some Time Off
With all of the learning going on inside a classroom, school years can get intense for both younger students and teachers. Not to mention the school programs that require the participation of both students and teachers. It can get really exhausting for everyone, especially for teachers who often need to take their work back home with them. That is why both students and teachers need the time off. Without breaks, both physical and mental health deteriorates. Children have a hard time focusing on each lesson, putting them at risk of getting low grades and underperforming at school, and with a teachers workload, it can be hard balancing a healthy work-life balance.