Summer: 15 Days or 2 1/2 Months?
The final bell rings. It’s the last day of school, and summer has finally come! Students don’t have to think about school for at least another 2 1/2 months. That is the way it should always be. Schools should continue using the traditional calendar and not a year-round schedule. There are numerous downsides to year-round schooling. It has no positive effects on education, it adds to costs, and it disrupts the long-awaited summer vacation.
Contrary to the well-accepted belief, year-round schooling has no constructive impact on education. Most year-round schedules use the 45-15 method: 45 days of school followed by 15 days off. Because of this, there are many first and last days of school. All those transitions disrupt the learning process. Also, there is no evidence of higher test scores. Due to that, many schools that change to year-round schedules end up switching back. For example, since 1980, 95 percent of schools that tried the year-round schedule changed back to a traditional calendar. It is obvious that changing to year-round schooling does not help students; therefore, why is the change necessary?
Like any other facility, keeping a school open requires a great deal of money. When a school changes to a year-round schedule, the costs skyrocket. Keeping school open in the middle of summer requires air conditioning, and that adds significantly to the school’s expenses. The usual utility bills grow because of the additional open-school time. Finally, teachers must be paid for all the weeks they are working. With all these factors, the cost of keeping schools open becomes immensely high. For example, a high school in Arizona had a cost increase of $157,000 when they switched to year-round schooling. Some schools may not be able to handle such increases, and other schools that can handle these expenses could be doing better things with the money. Is year-round school really where the money should go?
An important part of a child’s life is summertime. With year-round schedules, students would hardly have any time to relax. During the 15-day breaks, they would be thinking about their quick return to school. It would also be difficult to coordinate family vacations with parents’ work schedules. Similarly, children would not be able to go to most summer camps. One expert, Dr. Peter Scales, says, “The biggest plus of camp is that camps help young people discover and explore their talents, interests, and values. Most schools don’t satisfy all these needs. Kids who have these kinds of [camp] experiences end up being healthier and have fewer problems.” Obviously, the summer is crucial to a child’s learning and development. Why should this invaluable part of a young person’s life be taken away?
It is evident that year-round schooling is not the best option for the school calendar. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the traditional school year. Why change something that works so well? The final bell rings. Let’s make sure this bell means that the “real” summer vacation has come.
Social and Physical Impacts Of A Size Zero Figure
With all the debate about size zero models being unhealthy going around, there is not much that is being done to change the situation. The most revered fashion weeks and designers are still employing them. Here are some alarming implications of promoting a size zero figure.
Unreal Body Ideals
There are certain people who are naturally skinny and then there are size zero models, most of whom starve themselves until they are stick thin. While naturally skinny people are harmless, models are giving an unreal perception of the ideal body. They are representatives of fashion and style. All women follow fashion through which this body type is ingrained into their heads as the ideal figure when all it causes it health problems, weak bones and a perpetual low self-image.
Young Girls Adopting Unhealthy Diets
Because being size zero is all the rage, many young girls adopt a diet that basically revolves around starving themselves. This is the worst they can do to their bodies, especially in the years when their body is developing. Their bones get affected the most, increasing their chances of getting osteoporosis manifold.
Bad Self Image
Size zero models are in every fashion magazine, hired by almost all high end as well as regular clothing lines. Women who read these magazines then see themselves in the mirror and do not like what they see. This causes lack of self-confidence and it is especially harmful for young girls who are developing their personalities at that age.
In order to achieve size zero, there a number of eating disorder that models and girls striving to reach that “ideal” figure are acquiring. These include anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating, etc. Most of these eating disorders are not just about food, they also shed light on the mental state of the patient. They are many psychological ills associated with eating disorders, for instance, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, etc.
Appearances vs. Reality
While the top models are super skinny and are travelling in their high heels and short dresses, they portray the high life. However, what is hidden from the general public is the extent to which they are going to be that thin. A recent confession by an ex Vogue Australia editor revealed that there were girls living on tissue paper because of its apparent property of swelling once it goes into the stomach, giving it a filled feeling. Everyone only sees glamour which is a lie.
What needs to be highlighted here is the death of quite a few size zero models who were malnutrition-ed or had been starving themselves. The list includes Ana C. Reston who died while on shoot in Paris. It is alarming how the trend of size zero has caught on. More awareness needs to be spread on its impact.