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Extending the school year?

Extending the school year?

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I am a third grade teacher in Eastern Montana and am wondering what the feelings out there from other educators on extending the school year? I would love to hear what others are thinking, I know there are pros and cons on the issue, but I have to say I am not really for it. I do believe we have been pushing our kids to the limit as it is, kids need more time to be kids and use imagination and creativity- as I see public schools are losing that. We expect so much of our kids, I think it would be great for the educators, as most of think there aren't enough hours in a day to get the things we need to get taught or accomplished. However, I think it would be very hard on the students we teach. I know in our community the high school is seeing higher drop out rates than ever before. With that being said, I think it will only become a larger problem. I have three kids of my own and feel as if we don't get enough time at home as it is. As an educator I also think teachers need that down time from teaching. I use my "down time" in the summer to go back school, keep up with the current trends in education, and work on my personal teaching assignment. (Working in my classroom...) I invite discussion on this topic, I would love to hear from all- those that are for it and against. Trish

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