Spencer Hill Posted about 2 months ago The typical number of days in school in the USA is 180 (much lower than most countries). Should we go to year round schools? We need academics year round. As a country we are under educating our children. A longer year, longer days may help our students, but will create opposition from many quarters. When the state of SC advocated for starting school at the beginning of August, the resort areas opposed it stating they needed those high school students in their labor force and school traffic would hurt their summer tourist trade. Everyone opposes change for one reason or another. Personally, I hate the current school year. With a wife who is a teacher and two children active in sports and school activities it is very confining. One year my wife and son had a modified year starting in August and ending late in June with a 2 week fall break, week at Thanksgiving, 3 weeks at Christmas, 2 weeks in Feb., and a week at Easter. They got their 180 days in. we had time to take a few long weekend trips. No one got bored being out of school. Family mental health seemed better also. The next year it was back to the original plan, to many people didn't like the change. To create a better education system we need to try new things with supportive constituencies. Basically school choice by means of state-wide open enrollment. Then parents and students can chose how they want their school year and length of school day, intensity of academic rigor, concentrations of academic studies. Unless we are open to change, even experimental, we are doomed to keep being less competitive on the education front.