In today’s The Washington Post’s “KidsPost” there is a feature that answers some age old questions when it comes to why we have summers off from school. While many edu-wonks know exactly why schools are off in the summer, the idea of giving students (and teachers) months off in the summertime in the age of air conditioning and creature comforts still drives many non-educators bonkers.
This got BoardBuzz thinking, in the days of increasing budget cuts and the reality of the costs it would take to keep schools open year around, not to mention changing the pay scale for teachers and administrators, will we ever see year round school?
While some urban districts started changing their schedules, but many have had to resort back to the traditional calendar to save money. Should we be more flexible with school schedules? Will parents cry foul if their summer vacations are thwarted by a school system’s attempt at educating students year ’round? With Memorial Day just around the corner, it won’t be long until American students act like it’s summer, even if their teachers are trying to keep them focused.