Changing school calendar

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Why is there a hesitation towards changing the calendar?

Implementing a balanced school year or not is one that has conjured up a lot

of debate over the years. A balanced school year involves essentially rearrangement

of the traditional school year to provide several smaller breaks evenly spaced throughout the year

instead of having one long summer vacation which happens to fall under a traditional school

year. This long summer vacation was originally designed for children to help on farms in a

rural economy, which is now rapidly shrinking. Many students require a lot of

catching up to go back to the level they were once at before their summer vacation had

begun. There are a whole variety of reasons as to why schools are considering the switch but the

end result which is achieved by making this change, is a better use of time and resources. The

very aspect of implementing a balanced school year first arose to solve the issue of summer

learning loss.

Tracy A. Huebner, Senior Research Associate, in her article "Year-Round

Schooling" describes summer learning loss as the process of acclimating to new teachers,

classmates, classroom procedures and the struggle to remember the skill and content that

students have not used in months(83). Vanessa St. Gerard is the editor of Communicator. In her

article "Year-Round Schools Look Better All the Time", Gerard also points out that summer

learning loss is associated with students "losing some of their math and spelling skills, and many

lose reading skills over the period of the traditional school break"(57). A balanced school year

can be broken down into either of these two different schedules, a single-track schedule or a

multi-track schedule. A single-track schedule is one whereby teachers and students will be

attending school at similar times and be given...