I feel the traditional school year (based on the agrarian calender) is antiquated and I am not alone in this thinking. For many students we provide something they are not getting at home, or in their community… What a juxtaposition… In a few short weeks teachers and administrators will be cheering, celebrating, and making their summer plans a reality…. and many students will be sad, upset, and realizing their summer will pale in comparison to the school year. Sad isn’t it.
I certainly do not have the answers but I sure do have a lot of questions as to why we continue to follow this antiquated system.
- Do we make school calender decisions based on our needs, or student learning needs?
- Could we restructure the school year to build in more time for students (Currently we have 180 days beginning in September and ending in June, can we get everything accomplished during this time?)
- Does the current calender maximize student and teacher effectiveness? (I hear a LOT of chatter about burn-out during certain times of the year)
- If given the opportunity to restructure the calender, what would YOU suggest? What are some other states, countries doing to maximize their calenders?
Let’s discuss… I’ve got all summer