Year Round School

by NYC Firm Schools on October 6, 2009

Many parents of New York Private School students enjoy the shorter school calendar year that is coupled with the increase in hours per day spent in the classroom. In essence, kids are in school less days year round, but more hours per day than the public average. This solution works well for other areas as well.

AP author Libby Quaid recently discussed President Obama’s initiative to increase the number of days children spend in school and possibly even work towards a year round school calendar.

Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way.
Obama says American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe.
“Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas,” the president said earlier this year. “Not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom.”

“Our school calendar is based upon the agrarian economy and not too many of our kids are working the fields today,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a recent interview with The Associated Press

Compared to other countries, U.S. students spend more total hours in school than do public students in Asia, however, Asian countries routinely outscore U.S. students in math and science so pure hours is not a definitive answer.

Either way, the success of programs in place have a high dependence in the amount of support and influence that comes from the home.

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