Option of year-round schools should remain

Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 04:06 PM.

Having a daughter who attended Tucker Creek four years ago, I can certainly understand the scheduling issues that can arise with the year-round calendar.

But, many parents who have children on the year-round calendar love it. They say their children are getting a better education and are more engaged in school because of the three-week breaks that are built into the academic year.

There is no doubt that the learning ability of children is not the same. Some pick up math better than English, while others thrive on English and struggle in math. It’s just the way we seem to be wired.

With that said, it should stand to reason that some children thrive with the year-round calendar, while others may struggle with it. For those who do well and excel academically on the year-round calendar, they should be able to have the option to stay on that calendar. Taking it away for the convenience of having a meeting simply doesn’t make sense.

The bottom line is that parents are losing their right to choose what they think is best for their children. Local school officials will say the 2004 state law mandating the start of school is forcing their hands, and I agree. Simply put, it’s a bad law that takes choice away from local officials.

Still, the top priority of Craven County Schools should be to educate children. For many, the best way to do that is on the year-round calendar. Now school system leaders may take away the option of what can be a true educational benefit for children and are failing to listen to parents — parents who obviously know what is best for their own children.

It sounds to me like these Craven County school system leaders need a little education of their own.

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