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I understand in the old days the kids were needed in the summer to help with farming etc, but now three four month semesters would be good.

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You'd never get that one past the various teachers' unions.

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Drat... forgot about them.  Wait.. we could give them one semester each off every year.:)

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@ Korvo:

And then your school taxes would go up about 50%.  :O

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It would only benefit them. I think a full year (REAL year) of attendance with week long breaks here and there would definitely work. It would certainly improve the intellect of many American children.


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No!!! Children should not go to school 12 months a year, kids need to be kids... not work from kindergarten until retirement!!

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As XIX said : It would be good for their education but it would never fly here either. Some schools do run it here but only a select few.

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Not 12 months, but maybe only one month off in the summer, plus a couple of 1-week breaks in the winter and spring.

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I looked some numbers up. NYC there are 180 days of School

Ontario, in the 2016/2017 year there are 196 school days

Australia, there are approximately 200 days of school..

Seems to me they get a lot of time off.. close to 1/3 of the year.

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Hard enough to just get my girls up and make the drive to school as it is ! They would want to move if they had year around school here ! It's a good 30 minute drive to just get them there and that's in good weather. Good idea for the kids education but bad on the parents ! :D

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Perhaps less long holiday breaks, but I doubt that full year attendance would be accepted by families, teachers and/or education and health professionals, all the more that children need to be children. They are no robots.

Like the children, all those in charge of them were and are exposed to too many contradictory or exacting demands, principles, taboos, "standards", fashion trends, unhealthy systems, etc.

Shifting from one extreme to the other is a bad idea ...

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no, that would be too much. 

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No, it would just increase stress levels, and don't tell me that they wouldn't just assign homework over whatever breaks would be put in to compensate.

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