I understand what you are saying hillbilly...but that's the fallacy of your position. It's NOT the bottom 20% driving this data-driven decision.<quoted text>
I do blame the bottom 20 percent of parents for the notion of year round school.......
I will also conciede, that ESL kids need a constant immersion in English....
Your food for thought has feed my conundrum.... lol
Summer, in a functional family means; adventure, daily chores, road trips, applied science and visits with extended family.
I just hate to see the bottom 20%, dictating the policy for the whole.
With the burden of NCLB, you have the more valid point. I just hate to see the next generation being raised without chores and solid kinship ties.
Too bad we can not end the war on drugs and poverty, and then use that surplus cash to educate our kids.
More than 60% of our students...some schools more than that...regress in reading, writing, and math over the summer. Sometimes it's only one subject, but usually its at least two of these three or all three.
I don't want family fun time and adventures to be taken away either, but I DO want all of my students to have the best chance at a higher quality of life. If that means I shuffle around when I get my breaks as a teacher and they get theirs, I'd vote in favor of trying this.
Honestly, I think this proposal will go the way of many other ideas in our area because of the MAJOR inconvenience on families when not all schools adopt the measure. It still doesn't mean that I won't advocate for it.
It is what's best for ALL of our kids...