More arguments for year-round schooling

Nine-year-old saluted for weighing in on year-round schooling debate.

Editor: As one who has sat in a similar chair to yours, I know it is always satisfying to a community newspaper editor to receive a letter from a young person. So many of us think that young people do not read “real, hold in your hands, paper-type” newspapers anymore.

However, regarding Sidney’s point of view (The Times, March 5) on year-round schooling, may I offer Sidney a few points to consider:

1.  Not all parents can afford to enjoy a two-month summer break. Many more of them need to work during that time of the year, as owning a home and raising a family is getting more expensive, it seems, as the years go by.

2. As for children’s health, more emphasis needs to be placed on a proper diet (ie. “No More McDonald’s”), more exercise during the day, whether indoor or outdoors, and more physical education time during the school day . . . and far less time spent at a computer or in front of a television.

3. The Canadian school day is by no means long. In fact, many people consider it too short.

And, in the long run, I think Sidney needs to look at:

1. the use of school facilities to a greater extent and maximizing the taxpayers’ funding for schools, as they are empty for two months under the current system;

2. maximizing student’s learning with shorter periods of schooling and more breaks; and, particularly,

3. retention of material learned from one school year to another, as June is virtually wasted with “pleasurable activities” like field trips and then September is spent reviewing things forgotten during the past three months.

As I have mentioned, there is a 45-15 model that can have students or teachers taking a 75-day-period off, at any time of the year.

And, Sidney, I look forward one day to seeing you sitting in the editor’s chair at the Langley Times.

G.E. MacDonell,


Just Posted

Info sessions in Langley, Surrey for New Horizons for Seniors Program grants

MP John Aldag says program reaffirms government’s ongoing commitment to supporting seniors

Langley-Cloverdale MP’s reconciliation-focused bill passes in House of Commons

Surrey MP’s Bill C-374 would add ‘much-needed Indigenous representation to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board’

Spotlight directed on ‘working man’s car’ at Sunday’s St. George’s Motoring Show

‘Britishautophiles’ will gather in front of Fort Langley Community Hall for 13th consecutive year

Pancake picnic in the park this Saturday

Grand re-opening of Hunter Park includes music and tree planting

Past versus present as Spartans volleyball program takes the court

Trinity Western will represent Canada in Brazil this summer, begin preparation with match against alumni

NDP gives Liberal budget ‘failing grade’ on gender equality

Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson said budget doesn’t do enough to focus on pay equity

5 to start your day

Advocate questions use of raccoon traps, lawyer says Gabriel Klein not fit to stand trial

Trump could bail on meeting with Kim

President Trump says he could still pull out of meeting if he feels it’s “not going to be fruitful”

Cochrane reworks ‘Big League’ for Broncos

Tom Cochrane releases his reworked version of “Big League” following Humboldt Broncos bus crash

Supreme Court upholds law in cross-border booze case

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Section 121 does not impose absolute free trade across Canada

Trudeau looks for less plastic, more LGBTQ rights at Commonwealth

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends the Commonwealth meeting in London

Humboldt Broncos GoFundMe stops at $15 million

Humboldt Broncos GoFundMe site stops accepting donations as planned

Builder of Kinder Morgan reinforces concerns over project

B.C. heads to court over pipeline jurisdiction as builder says doubt warranted

Health committee cheers idea of national pharmacare program, but cost an issue

Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu says she fears costs could be far higher than $19 billion

Most Read