Around these parts the school year ends this week.* Even though I’m not teaching kids anymore (one of those evil central office types :-), I’m still living the long, torturous process of closing school through my wife and friends. And it ain’t a pretty sight.
All the time and energy that goes into closing a school down for the summer and then starting it up again two months later is the perfect arguement for year-round schools. It’s been at least 50 years since an extended summer vacation for kids made any sense in American culture. And, as long as we’re into big changes, isn’t it time to rethink the whole concept of grade levels that are exactly one year?
None of this is likely to change anytime soon, of course. Teaching is all about creating the future but the education structure in this country is an extremely conservative, tradition-bound institution.
*In Virginia public schools can’t open until after Labor Day so we go almost to July. Come back on September 1 for the rant about that law.