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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    I am a teacher, had about $60K in debt (private school), never take papers home to grade, never plan at home, hate the unions too...
    I also come in on Saturdays usually to get everything ready for the next couple weeks. My lesson plans are prepared two weeks ahead of time.

    P.S. I believe I'm paid very well. I make just as much or more than a lot of teachers who have been teaching longer than me.
    You still come in on Saturdays. While I'm not in a position to speculate to much. I would say that you're definitely not the norm. All the teachers I knew were always grading at home. They often had after school meetings because they had to submit lesson plans to the state. Just because you make more than a lot of teachers doesn't mean you make a lot overall when compared to many jobs which require equal schooling and equal time put into them. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, I do want to be a teacher afterall.

    OOC, what do you teach; grade (and subject if applicable?). I'm currently a secondary ed major with a concentration in the sciences as well as a double major in biology and I'm hoping to teach high school science.

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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    Exactly. Kids are already stressed out these days due to school, social pressure, etc. They deserve a break from the horrid social settings that go on in schools.
    This must be discussed with input from the children(this would be a first!) and input from the few "parents" who care.
    Check the attendance at a PTA meeting..
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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Do you really believe that? Running the school itself DOES cost money (utilities, paper and other supplies, etc.) plus you KNOW higher salaries would be demanded. Also, in many states, teachers are REQUIRED to take classes to maintain their certification status or they seek to upgrade their qualifications. The summer is the only time most teachers can do this...
    Good points...
    I favor that the schools become a 24/7 affair.
    The upgrades should also be done at any time; not all concentrated during the summer time....

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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Good points...
    I favor that the schools become a 24/7 affair.
    The upgrades should also be done at any time; not all concentrated during the summer time....
    Generally, teachers take college classes in order to meet recert requirements or to ungreat their certifications. Summer is the only time that is practical for teachers with families to do this...
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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant Noodle View Post
    Should Kids go to School All Year?

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    I want to say maybe. I know that when I was kid going to school I enjoyed summer vacation and I do not think we should deprive kids of that because it is still important to let kids be kids. My family was poor so we didn't really get to do much of anything during the summer except maybe go to the park, the lake once in a blue moon, hang out with friends a lot more, spend the night at our grandparents or aunt and uncles for a couple of days,spent the night at friends house for a couple days or more, and stayed up late on any day of the week.

    At the same time I realize that they would benefit because kids having fun for 2-3 months straight are not thinking about school work and after a while there would be no child going to school that remembers what it is like to have a summer vacation. Year round school would be only feasible if there is the cash for it.
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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Something would have to make it possible for teachers to get the classes they need to maintain and/or upgrade their certification...
    There's no reason they can't take those classes during evenings and weekends. My mom is a teacher and just got her masters degree that way.
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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rightwingnutjob View Post
    You still come in on Saturdays. While I'm not in a position to speculate to much. I would say that you're definitely not the norm. All the teachers I knew were always grading at home. They often had after school meetings because they had to submit lesson plans to the state.
    No, I'm not the norm at my school. One other teacher is always there when I am on Saturdays. Some teachers come in early everyday. Some stay late. I don't know many that work during the summer unless it's summer school which is only 4 weeks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rightwingnutjob View Post
    Just because you make more than a lot of teachers doesn't mean you make a lot overall when compared to many jobs which require equal schooling and equal time put into them. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, I do want to be a teacher afterall.
    I make the average salary in my state. If I didn't have my Masters I would still be at the low end of the pool.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rightwingnutjob View Post
    OOC, what do you teach; grade (and subject if applicable?). I'm currently a secondary ed major with a concentration in the sciences as well as a double major in biology and I'm hoping to teach high school science.
    Elementary. I have my Masters in reading education with a reading specialist endorsement.


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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    We do conferences througout the school year to help meet our certification requirements. I've never had to go to any conferences during the summer (unless it's for summer school).


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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    I absolutely ADORE my 2 and half months off with my son in vactionland. But I do see the toll it takes on him. 2 and a half months break to too long. Kids *do* lose some of what they've learned, and the month of September is usually spent catching up. That's a waste. Because the kids and the teachers are all anxious and excited for the long break, the actual lessons taper off a few weeks before end of school. By Memorial Day weekend, my kid is usually done learning anything.

    Because so many families are unable or unwilling to have one parent home, many kids are warehoused in craptastic "camps" for the summer. Sure there are some excellent camps out there, but the affordable ones are often junk. I cannot imagine what kind of "break" it is to go to some dump in town with no place to swim (except on periodic field trips) 5 days a week usually from 8-5 and learn to make ice cream in a bag.

    With or without camp, my mom friends and I have come to expect what we refer to as the mid-summer meltdown. It happens every year without fail. Kids need and crave structure. When unstructured goes on for too long, kids do not do well. The meltdown ensues and lasts for about 2 weeks. Kids start to perk up again in August (ironically or not) when the back to school ads start airing.

    I also believe it sets people up for major disappointment when they enter the real world and find that they only get one week off each year.

    So I support year round school with a few well timed, longer breaks. Get rid of the one week off in November, December, February and April, and space things out better with a longer break. Then a month off in the summer.
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    Re: Should Kids go to School All Year?

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    I don't really buy into the whole three month break thing causes kids to forget. I mean yeah I forgot some stuff during summer, but after a day or two back it all came back. I think the real issue is how it is being taught rather than how long the kids are on break. Also it depends on what the kids do during break that affect it too. My friends in public school never had to read during the summer so they spent all their time playing video games and such. I on the other hand had required reading, about 3 or 4 books during the summer, and so my mind did have the ability to become lazy.
    I think that's the problem with the 3 month break. I don't think they "forget" per se, but they do get lazy.

    On a side note, I HATE it when teachers say the 3 best things about their job are June, July and August. Makes me sad.


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