ERIC Number: ED369144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
YRE Basics: History, Methods, Concerns, Future.
The idea of year-round education (YRE) is not a new one. As early as 1912 there are records of YRE programs implemented in communities. As a result of the increasing enrollment in schools and the overcrowding many classrooms are experiencing, YRE has become an attractive alternative to the traditional 9-month schedule. Air conditioning costs and outdoor heat are always issues when the subject of YRE is mentioned. Separate funds for installing air conditioning or different summer and winter hours are both considered viable solutions to climate problems. There are numerous single-track and multiple-track systems that can be used in conjunction with a YRE program. Whenever an alternative to the traditional school system arises, both pros and cons of the idea surface. There are numerous pros to YRE: (1) enhancing learning; (2) giving teachers and students a refreshed and motivated feeling after returning from breaks; (3) reducing discipline problems; (4) bettering student and teacher attendance; and (5) reducing teacher stress. Those opposing the YRE system point out that schedules for siblings in different grades may be different and that change is difficult. (KDP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Year-Round Education (San Diego, CA, February 12-16, 1994).