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,

Abbotsford

Just Posted

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

VIDEO: Fire crew mopping up workshop fire near Golden Ears Bridge

Structure fire at 208 and 102B sending plumes of black smoke into air above Walnut Grove

Two Giants picked to play against Russia

Two of Langley’s junior hockey players will be part of the six-game Canada Russia Series next month.

VIDEO: Tributes for the man known as the “Mormon Giant”

Langley champion professional wrestler passes away

Two Langley mayoral campaigns endorsed by anti-SOGI groups

Jack Froese unsure why he’s been singled out; SOGI not a municipal issue, says Peter Fassbender

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

Jagmeet Singh says marijuana pardons are not enough

Trudeau government will streamline pardon process for Canadians convicted of simple possession of marijuana in the past

BC Ferries begins taking debit in two-month pilot project

Company is giving customers option to use Interac on two-month trial on select vessels

Caregivers banned from smoking, growing cannabis around children-in-care: MCFD

Ministry has limited cannabis use for caregivers, stating it may “pose a risk to children and youth.”

Cheaper strains sell out within minutes on online BC Cannabis Store

Province says new strains will become available in the coming months

Only 40% of B.C. car dealerships have electric cars available: report

Researchers found buyers frustrated at the lack of options

VIDEO: Millionaire Lottery returns to give back and win big

Since 1996, Millionaire Lottery has raised $52 million for the VGH+UBC Hospital Foundation

Test case challenges a politician’s right to block people from Twitter account

3 people say Watson infringed their constitutional right to freedom of expression by blocking them

Most Read