By Tahmid Ahmed
It’s June 26 the school bell rings and off everyone goes thrilled with excitement. “No school,” they all say in unison.
The United States standard school year starts in September and ends in June, and a two-month summer break follows the term. However, this two month summer may cease to exist, as President Obama is trying to propose a new plan where American students would have a longer school day and a shortened summer vacation.
Although America is quite far from having the best rankings in terms of education, we shouldn’t use this as a reason to put even more pressure on students. Students need time to relax. If they are constantly going to be involved with school, they may lose focus and get fed with too much information.
Besides, a large chunk of education can take place outside of the classroom. Skills such as socialization, leadership, and simply being given time to reflect are essential and cannot be confined within a school day.
Aman Kaiyum ’18 says, “I would rather have a two month vacation because school is stressing and a long break is what students need.”
By having a long summer students are able to get their brains nurtured for the upcoming school year and can spend time with their families. By doing this, students are able to relax and reduce their stress. Thus, when they start school again, they can to concentrate better.
Schools should keep their year-round schooling system because it isn’t a hassle. For example, if schools follow the 45-15 method where 45 days of school are followed by 15 days off, keeping everything up to date tends to be messy.
By implementing the traditional school cycle, it’s easier for both students and teachers to unwind and prepare for the upcoming term.
In short, it seems clear that having shortened summers will not benefit students and will only make them feel worse. America should still follow its traditional school cycle where students should feel enjoyment when they hear the final bell ring in June.