Zoë Broderick, 9
Many studies have shown that retention rates go down dramatically during the summer, but with nine months of the school year to learn, is it really that bad to give kids a continuous break? If our school were to switch to a year round academic plan, it would completely throw off the culture of American students.
The teenage brain is accustomed to nine months of school and three months of summer. Changing that after years of it being ingrained as a cornerstone of American schools would throw off academic rhythm. The students agree too. According to an online poll, 70% of students say that they would prefer to stay with the current school schedule of eight months of school, three months off. They say the cons of year round school greatly outweigh the pros. Students want summer for a mental break, a time where they can just be themselves, and school should not get in the way of that.