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Old 06-17-2013, 02:03 PM
 
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Lightbulb Is the American School Year Too Short?

I saw this on a thread on the Canadian forum. Schools in most of the Canadian provinces are on a ten month school year, about 194 to 198 days per year. Compared to the nine month school year 176 to 180 days common in the US.

For example in the Province of Manitoba the official 2013-2014 school year begins Tuesday, September 3, 2013 and ends on Friday, June 27, 2014. Thats 196 student school days. Just across the border in Minnesota students go to school only 176 days per year. Thats 20 days less classroom time then their Canadian counterparts.

So is it a problem? Is the American school year too short?
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:59 PM
 
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Is there data out there that shows the school year is too short?

If the factors that lead to a poor quality of instruction is present during what time there is, how is extending the school year going to help?
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:12 PM
 
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I've forgotten where I read this, but if you compared the length of the school year by total amount of school hours, the US is mostly even with other countries.


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Is there data out there that shows the school year is too short?

If the factors that lead to a poor quality of instruction is present during what time there is, how is extending the school year going to help?
This position as well.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:17 PM
 
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No, if anything they could shave off 2-3 weeks.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:09 PM
 
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My (private, U.S.) school goes year-round.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:09 PM
 
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I've forgotten where I read this, but if you compared the length of the school year by total amount of school hours, the US is mostly even with other countries.



This position as well.
And some schools that do even better than we do on these international tests actually have shorter school years, I believe.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:13 PM
 
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My (private, U.S.) school goes year-round.
With year-round, I found that you still get the same amount of breaks as other schools, just ... broken up so tracks take breaks at different times.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:56 PM
 
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Is there data out there that shows the school year is too short?
Yes I think there is.

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Old 06-17-2013, 04:59 PM
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I saw this on a thread on the Canadian forum. Schools in most of the Canadian provinces are on a ten month school year, about 194 to 198 days per year. Compared to the nine month school year 176 to 180 days common in the US.

For example in the Province of Manitoba the official 2013-2014 school year begins Tuesday, September 3, 2013 and ends on Friday, June 27, 2014. Thats 196 student school days. Just across the border in Minnesota students go to school only 176 days per year. Thats 20 days less classroom time then their Canadian counterparts.

So is it a problem? Is the American school year too short?
I would say yes. As a chemistry teacher, I cannot teach all the content I want to teach while taking the kind of time my students need to learn it well with the current school year. I have to gloss over some topics while eliminating others alltogether.
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:01 PM
 
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And some schools that do even better than we do on these international tests actually have shorter school years, I believe.
For example?
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