School Year Is Too Short

Americans go to school the least days of any developed country. In the US the school year is 180 days. In the UK it's 190. In Japan it's 230.

Sometimes the answers are really easy. This is one of those things. Our kids don't go to school enough days a year.

Pinget Pinget
36-40, F
2 Responses Aug 17, 2007

I wasn't trying to say this is the entire answer. But I do think it's part of the answer.<br />
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Teachers in the US waste a good bit of time in the fall reviewing what the students have forgotten over the LONG summer break. In the UK summer break is 6 weeks; in Japan 4 weeks. Not so much time to forget, so maybe not so much time wasted reviewing.

I don't know if just putting kids in school for a longer amount of time is the solution. Sometimes it isn't the amount of time spent learning, but how well the time is spent. I am not saying that American schools must be using better techniques because they have the fewest school days, but rather that putting kids in school more isn't a clean cut answer. I don't know what the answer is, but I don't think that it is just one simple thing.