It’s that time of year again, and school is back in session. Families all across the country are filling their shopping baskets with the annual supply of schooling necessities, while sprucing up their closets with the latest articles of fashion. American students trudge through a seemingly endless routine of hitting their alarm clocks, eating breakfast, getting through their school day, and experiencing every day of the week blend together. The beginning of the school year for the American family may certainly be hectic, but could this pre-school year stress be significantly lowered? The pressing issue of having school extending throughout the entire calendar year is appealing to a variety of family systems among the country, but others beg to differ.
The school year is a very stressful time for many students in this country, and even throughout the world, for that matter. Coursework becomes more challenging, homework gets in the way of once budgeted recreational time, and competitive factions such as sports and music make this all the more difficult.
After a long day of class and an exhausting run, Oakland Community College freshman Sean Morrow agrees. “I think it [school] is fine the way it is. After a while of going to school, kids get tired of it and may not perform as well as they could.” says Sean as he struts to the locker room trying to recover from his workout.
But Sean isn’t the only student who feels this way. As schools throughout the country are adopting the concept of having the school year extend throughout every season, there still remain thousands of pupils who think otherwise. Registered Nurse Joseph Land is no exception.
“Studying through nursing school was very intense” began Joseph. “While studying hard throughout nursing school, I found it very important to have breaks.” As Land began to speak about how his mid-school year breaks aided him in his studies, he concluded with “People need breaks, and that’s why summer is needed”, in his emphatic and assertive tone.
Many groups argue that the end of school year intermission only promotes learning loss, but one may be left only to wonder the validity of this idea. Many members of school administration do agree with the beliefs of the like-mind people mentioned above, but I believe that the educators with these thoughts must recognize and identify a few critical foundations of the United States, one being family.
“I think summer break is really important for students, especially high-school students like me.” Rhys confidently stated as he was asked his opinion on the issue. “It really is important for families to spend some quality time with each other before beginning the new school year. The relaxation makes me more ready to begin school in the fall, and I’m not as burned out.”
The concept of family extends beyond the belief of one student, but among those seeking education of all different backrounds. Family and friends is the basis of many young American lives, and the school year at times stimulates a feeling of detachment from their families.
Another reason to continue to implement summer vacation break in America’s school system is due to the youth’s well-being. To many students, relaxation is simply a great way to prepare for the school year, and need I mention a great way for adults to have some wind down time of their own. Although studies promote the idea that learning is lost, relaxation is a very natural component of human health, and may definitely extend into the academic performance of students as whole. Waterford Kettering junior Kyla Lloyd added to this by stating, “We need summer break to aid our overloaded minds back to health. Personally having school all year round would just make me more stressed.
Lloyd humorously extending her statement with “I assure you, without summer break teenagers would have more pimples than they already do.”
The concept of summer break is a tradition that has been upheld by Americans for years. This is one out of many ideas that what causes our nation to be unique. An idea that creates something for the citizens of this great country to anticipate, as well as an idea that establishes a finish line in order for students to effectively accomplish their goals.
The months of summer have a negative reputation from many leading researching studies. Perhaps many forget that if summer breaks were to not continue, the knowledge not lost from summer would be lost in other areas, these being areas such as social skills, character attributes, and individual quality characteristics.
Furthermore, summer is a time where students engage in their favorite extra-curricular activities, and without these activities students would surely lose interest in their studies. Activities such as music and sports have been proven to aid in the development of the child’s mind. Other activities involving character development are crucial to the progression of a child’s well-being, and these activities often impact the positive change in a student more than a book ever could.
Although the loss of knowledge throughout the summer months is a top concern among educational professionals today, we must keep in mind the staple concepts of American society. Concepts such as family, friends, relaxation, hobbies, physical well-being, and extra-curricular activities are so essential in the development of a student that it certainly makes up for any learning loss throughout the break that we all love.
Education is a necessity. With education comes knowledge, but wisdom does not always derive from education as does knowledge. To gain wisdom, students must learn from sources outside of a text book, where the summer has the greatest possibility of this happening. In order to improve the minds of tomorrow, we must continue to implement strong family structure and the opportunity to lead through extra-curricular activities. We must utilize the innovative minds of today, and collaborate with the youth in order to create more minds of ingenuity. Consequently, America will become a nation with furthered success. The concept of summer vacation creates opportunities for children among the nation to express their likes and dislikes, and to develop themselves into more than just a vat of knowledge, but into a vault of wisdom and character.
Sources: Joseph Land- Registered Nurse
Rhys Armstrong- Waterford Kettering High School Student
Kyla Lloyd- Waterford Kettering High School Student
Jordan Stothers- Waterford Kettering High School Student
Sean Morrow- Oakland Community College Student