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  • Year-round schooling - Are year-round schools a good idea? Should private and public schools adopt this model? - 6 Oct. 2009.

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  • Summer breaks result in "summer learning loss" Experts frequently speak about "summer learning loss" as a major problem for North American students. The theory is that, during summer break from school, students set aside learning entirely, fall behind educationally and mentally in those three months, and come back to school behind where they left off. Year-round schooling counters "summer learning loss" by eliminating summer breaks and replacing them with more consistent breaks distributed throughout the year. Under this system, students enjoy a much more consistent and stable learning pace and rate of improvement.
Martin Davey. "The case for year-round schooling". 14 July 2008 - "For some, a shorter break seems a much better idea and it turns out that education researchers agree...Experts cite "summer learning loss" as a major problem for North American students, compared with their peers in countries with year-round schooling...Recent studies suggest that, when fall comes around, teachers waste weeks reviewing last year's work because our kids forgot what they learned in the spring."

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