The concept of year round schools is interesting and there are many aspects that can be explored, such as what if schools is closed because of weather when it should be in session, how do families arrange for child care when school isn't in session, how well do students learn when it is 90 degrees and the sun is out, what cost more heating schools or cooling them, these and may more questions.
Another obvious question is are students learning or just memorizing if they don't retain subject matter over the summer? Dr. Schwartz may be right, it may all depend on the quality of the teacher. It is ironic then that we require teachers to be continuous learners and once they obtain their PhD. we offer them early retirement because they cost to much and we hire new teachers.
There are also plenty of studies that prove students perform much better with smaller class sizes and starting the school day at 10 a.m. instead of 7 a.m.. So why don't we make these changes. Dr. Skilling has told me that class size does not matter. I respectfully disagree. Again the irony is the more kids is a class the more profitable the class. To support this statement, why do we continue to recruit more students from outside the district and from China? The answer is simple, more money! And why do we start school so early? I have never heard an explanation. I suspect, in part, it has to do with extra curriculum activities. Perhaps starting later and smaller class sizes students would learn, retain more, and perform better on standardized test.