Should the school year be longer? Why or why not?

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This writing prompt gives you the latitude to go either direction with your response. Feel free to go with what you think is best. There is no single correct answer, and for that reason, you can support whichever side of the argument you think your reader is likely to support.

There is definitely merit in lengthening the school year. A longer school year allows teachers to teach more content and/or go more in depth to existing content. Both of those things should increase student learning, and people are going to be hard-pressed to say that is a bad thing. You could possibly make the argument that a longer school year would also help prevent kids from being idle during the summer. A case could be made that idle kids get into more trouble, but I think a stronger argument should focus on the fact that shorter summers likely translate into less forgotten school content.

On the other hand, making the school year longer is expensive. The facilities have to operate the lights, heat, air conditioning, etc. more. That translates into higher costs for the school. Additionally, many districts pay their teachers a 9-month salary. If the school year was made longer, those teachers are going to demand extra pay. That either results in higher tuition or higher taxes as cities/states try to pay for additional work hours that all faculty and staff members are now putting in.

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