Re: Temple I.S.D.! Yes!!!
Posted by Me on 5/21/2020, 9:44 am, in reply to "Re: Temple I.S.D.! Yes!!!"
Point by point. |
I'm against it for many reasons. The main one being I get so tired of the time wasted in school as it is. Adding more time to the school year or more "days before a long break when teachers shut down" would lead to less efficient use of classroom time. Think about that teacher that shuts down two days before every week long holiday. Now how many more times are they going to do that with the more frequent longer breaks. At least on today's schedule that only happens 3 times.
This is on your administration. If your admin would hold teachers accountable, they would teach. If more frequent breaks became the "new normal" then teachers would be less inclined to do this, also. Either way, it's fixable.
If teachers would teach from day 1 to day last then our kids would also be more prepared. And honestly, how far behind are they really? We like to talk about how the "tests" say one thing but I know a lot of my kids' friends and they are all pretty dang smart and have had way more opportunity than I ever had in high school so are they really less prepared than previous generations? I mean, as we get older we all like to trash on the younger generation, just like our parents did us....
Again, accountability would fix this.
School has become too much of a playground. I can remember one year leading up to UIL I went 6 weeks without having a complete rehearsal because of assemblies and field trips and teacher/student events. If I was struggling so were those AP/GT classes so maybe we need to understand there are enough events pulling kids out of school, (legitimately like our UIL), so when they are on campus let's keep them in class and not pull them for every guest speaker that wants to visit or attendance party or the sky is blue today party....
I go back to my "your admin isn't doing their job" point. If any of this is true - and I bet it's exaggerated slightly - then you won't have these problems if you had better admin.
Also, I taught in small schools - between events, sports, assemblies, and the like, I didn't have my varsity band even 80% together a single time from TMEA until UIL in the first full week of March. Y'know what? We made it work and got a 1. If you plan for this, you can make it work.
Students and summer jobs - Being able to work for 3 months straight helps a lot of kids. Being able to save some money during the summer to not work full time during school is a help. Being able to go to summer camps and vacations, and hang with friends. Band camps, athletic camps, academic camps, leadership camps. Gets really tough to try and do that 2 weeks at a time and would decimate the idea of summer jobs that many kids need not just for financial reasons.
Summer jobs are by and large becoming a myth. Kids get a job that is all year round now - no one just works summers. No one I know or have taught in 20 years in the classroom or have known works only three months during the summer, then voluntarily chooses to NOT earn money in the fall once school starts.
Lastly - I like summer. I like the heat and no alarm and being able to just be for a few months. I am not interested in the European "holiday" model where they get a few weeks here and there. But that's just me.
Never mind that frequent breaks makes learning and working more effective, rather than grinding down for dozens of weeks in a row. Burnout is a real thing. I am willing to bet your band would be better if year round school happened, once you adapted to the new paradigm. You wouldn't have the 9 weeks of "kids don't touch their horns" over the summer. You wouldn't have the knowledge drop of a huge holiday. You'd have more effective units. I bet if we tried it, it'd work much better than the traditional model.