Q: Do u think it's right for Obama to cancel summer vacation?
September 28, 2009 | By Anonymous | 14 answers | Expired: 2013 days ago
Do you? I disagree, because well yeah I am a kid and kids are only kids for one time...and one time only. Think about it, no more summer vacation? No more trips to the beach, no more swimming at the pool, no more playing with friends, no more time to relax!!!! I think it is the craziest idea I have ever heard in my life! I mean, no offense to anyone who disagrees with that but it's just my opinion. I wouldn't mind longer hours of school in a day, honestly, it's good to get a good education but come on!SUMMER VACATION!?!? Put yourself in a kids shoes. How would u feel if you had no time to just relax and take it easy? I mean, a kid can only take so much! I just want to know everyone's opinion. Maybe we should all discuss it. Please let me know. I know it has nothing to do with animals and pets but I am just really against it. I don't mean to be mean, but i just think its a little over board.Who agrees and disagrees? I am just curious.
Sep 28, 2009
i've got mixed feelings about this issue. it's true, that our idea of a "school year" came about back in the day when kids helped out on the farm and "Ma" and "Pa" needed all the hands they could get over the summer. those days are long gone for 99% of us, and there's nothing particularly sacred about summer...no reason kids absolutely positively have to have their vacation time in the summer. even climate and what constitutes "summer weather" varies greatly by region, so that can't really serve as an excuse either.
i'm not that far out of school...i'm not even 30 yet. "back in my day", i always wished they'd let us have the same amount of "vacation", but would bust it up...a month here, a month there...spread it out, you know? summer down here is miserably hot, and i would have given anything to have some of that vacation time at a "more comfortable" time of year. plus, i was always *extremely* bored by the end of that single big break. of course (tooting my own horn here), i always passed all of my classes with flying colors, so the idea of some kids needing "summer school" hadn't exactly entered my mind at the time. i can see where spreading vacation time out might interfere with that.
i read some interesting statistics in an article on this subject. their whole reasoning for wanting kids to spend more days in school is so they'll learn more and get better grades, but the statistics don't especially support that idea. there's also the issue of quantity vs. quality...more time with poor resources and bad teachers probably wouldn't help. i think there are a lot of reasons that kids don't do as well as they could in school, and ultimately, i don't think more days in a school year will be the answer to that.
as for adding hours to the school day...i would gladly have stayed 2 hours longer in school if it meant there would be no homework. expecting kids to stay longer *and* take their school work home with them...that would be unreasonable. homework has always seemed to me to be about eating up a kid's personal time (whatever that may mean to them as an individual) with what they couldn't manage to do during the school day. it would be much better to spend that time in a classroom, with a teacher who (at least in theory) knows what they're talking about, than at home trying to figure it out on your own. most parents have long since forgotten the Pythagorean theorem and the details of the War of 1812 by the time their kids are learning about them and thusly are pretty useless as homework helpers, and most people's friends and classmates aren't any more helpful really. more classroom time with a good teacher would be far better than homework.
of course, more hours in school = teachers working more hours = $$$$$$. many schools are hard pressed to make do with the hours and budgets they have now. so even adding hours to the day seems very optomistic.
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