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Should Children Go to School Year Round in Texarkana [POLL]

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With the school season about to get underway it seems that in every part of the country the school season is starting to get longer.  A school in Louisiana already started this week. My daughter – who is a teacher in Kansas – says their school district starts Monday. All within a span of the next two weeks schools around the Texarkana area will begin their 2012 – 2013 season. I can remember when I was in school we didn’t start until after Labor day. Basically, history tells us the reason back then for the the two-and-a-half-month summer vacation that kids got was because children’s help was needed on the family farm in the rural districts, and kids who lived in the urban districts, often dealt with extreme heat in the summer thus the long summer break.

These days, air conditioning can solve the heat problem and there are far fewer farms today which rely on child labor. So, is it time to scrap the extended summer break, which is the reason kids in the United States attend fewer days of school per year than children in just about every other country in the world?

Every time I bring this subject up in front of my kids I seem to always get the dreaded look and a huge SERIOUSLY! I try to tell them it all washes out, that more than likely you will still have the same amount of days off, they will just be broken up throughout the year. There are a handful of schools in the United States already doing this and it seems to be working out so far. But for the most part, I don’t think most Americans are quiet ready for year round school.

According to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports of 1,000 American adults, only 27 percent believe that schools should adopt a 12-month calendar, whereas 66 percent oppose the idea. Year-round school was slightly more popular among adults with children — 30 percent for versus 58 percent against.

Take the local poll and let’s see how you feel about it.

[Rasmussen Reports]

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