Moms Talk: All-Year-Round School
Elementary school in Lake Orion is trying it out. Should we?
As the school year draws to a close, both kids and parents are starting to look forward to a long, hot summer filled with days at the beach, summer camps and vacations with family. One elementary school in Michigan, however, isn’t anticipating as long of a vacation as the rest of us. Carpenter Elementary School students in Lake Orion attend an all-year-round school. They are also part of a district discussing whether to make all the schools in that community year-round, according to an article in The Oakland Press. They would be the first in Michigan to do so.
The former kid inside me instantly rebels at this idea since some of my favorite memories come from summertime. As a responsible adult, however, I am torn as I listen to the arguments from each side. At this point, I still remain undecided on where I would stand if this choice ever came to Hartland.
Thinking of the months to come, I am looking forward to spending time with my kids, being lazy by the pool or movie dates on a rainy afternoon. The mother in me wants them to stay young for as long as possible and enjoy these simple kid moments that always seem to be gone too soon.
I also, however, want what is best for my children and according to the article, students in the third, fourth and fifth grades at Carpenter Elementary scored higher in statewide assessments than any other school in the Lake Orion school district. And since the logical part of me understands that the Carpenter students go the same amount of days as everyone else and that it’s just the breaks that are spread out over the course of the year, I know that summer won't be completely lost forever.
But are we really ready to take away summertime? And do the shorter, just more often breaks really help the kids?
So, the question is, is it time for a change like this to our educational system? Do year-round schools work? Do they make sense? Could they be the solution we’re looking for to so many of our problems or are we potentially just making more?
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