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I dont think year round school is a good idea because I think it will interfere with family summer vacations. But i do like the way routt count has school 5 days one week the 4 days the next week.
The schedule can not fix a broken system...clear and simple.
You need to start at the source and assess the programs, the schools, and our teachers.
It is time we raise expectations and demand more for our children....anything else is nothing short of an excuse for lazy!!!!
It's time to go back to the basics. Stop advancing students who are failing, keep them behind until they are actually ready to advance to the next grade. Let teachers teach...too much of our educators time is spent in endless busywork that does nothing to actually help the students. It wouldn't matter if we kept the kids in school 24/7 if the political atmosphere keeps teachers more worried about losing their job than doing it. Too many kids are being graduated unprepared in the most basic skills of reading and math. As long as the percentage of students graduating meets a certain point we won't care that they are reading at an 6th grade level and even lower in math. It's time we graduate quality instead of quantity.
Seems like to me we are forgetting the parent equation here! I keep reading all these stories and comments about kids being passed from one grade to the next without being able to read or write properly. Last time I checked, it is the responsibility of parents to make sure their kids receive the appropriate education; it is their responsibilty for their child to perform at the correct grade level. Come on folks, step up and stop pointing fingers unless you are willing to look in the mirror and point the finger at the person looking back at you first! Yes there are many challenges the schools need to work on, but realistically, the responsibility begins and ends with you and your child.
My kids go to the MOCO schools and both are expected to give their best and I expect the same from their teachers and all understand this simple concept. My kids don't sit in front of a television playing video games, on the computer playing games or sitting watching mindless television for hours. They are rewarded an hour a week of their choice of these types of activities after all their homework is done, chores are done and their grades on a weekly basis stay above the 90% mark. Sports are played and going over to friends houses are allowed if they keep their grades up, same thing with access to cell phones. On the weekends, we play hard and have the time of our lives, but school always comes first, even over chores. Remember, you're the parent, you make the rules and your kids will respect you and appreciate having parameters for them when they get older.
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