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Friday, March 29, 2013
Checklist of 12 Questions for Your Consideration about Year Round Schooling
Checklist of 12 Questions for Your Consideration about Year Round
Schooling by Mrs. Dorothy Barron
Often he or she who fulfills the need
(s) of a person wins the heart, respect and often loyalty of that person (Mrs.
My child will be going to school year round; as a Parent should
I be concerned? As more and more schools move to year round schooling many
Parents have expressed concerns? As a parent do you know what such entails for
your child/ren and those involved?
As Parents, you have the job and responsibility of being
vigilant and discerning; do not allow your role as a Parent to be usurped.
Following is a checklist of 12 questions that have been compiled for your
consideration about year round schooling.
Checklist of 12 Questions to Consider
Asking about Year Round Schooling:
1.What does year round schooling entail; how is my
child’s present academic performance and disposition (from a psychological,
physical and emotional standpoint)?
2.Does my child like school; how does my child’s
feel about such; what are his/her thoughts, concerns, etc.?
3.What are the pros and cons; are they valid and
foremost, in the best interest of my child?
4.How do Educators feel about year round schooling
for students? Will schools lose more of their best teachers as a result of year
5.Will students and teachers suffer emotional
exhaustion and burn-out?
6.Will such result with others having more control
over my child and thus weakening and undermining my authority as a Parent and
eventually reducing it until I have none at all?
7.Most schools are struggling now (financially and
otherwise); what are the expectations from a positive standpoint of students
going year round to school?
8.When one now views the state of Education and
schools, what positive changes are expected with year round schooling?
9.Will I as a Parent have control over who will be
instructing my child and/or the instructions?
10.Will my child and I even have a choice(s) should
such prove to be too much, not effective for my child and his/her wellbeing?
11.What about Educators; will such create more
burdens for them? With more talk of teacher training, evaluations, etc., where
and how are Educators going to find time to accomplish such and teach school
12.Who made the decision to implement year round
schooling and who will be responsible for monitoring its effect?
From my experience of 16 years in our schools and the
Education Arena in general, I think parents should be very concerned about
schools going to year round schooling.My
position is that children need the 2 or so months of school summer break to
relax the mind; dream; think, wonder, experiment, create and at times simply
spend time alone. At times, simply knowing the school summer break was
forthcoming allowed many students to get through the remaining school year. Educators
need this time to relax the mind; refresh, regroup and plan for the next year.
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