As we wind down another school year, I look forward to taking a well deserved break. In the past I would by now have planned vacations, organized my children’s summer camps and known that by the time the lazy days of August set in, we would all be keying up for another school year. So, last Sunday while working in my home office, my ears perked up to Cross Country Checkup. A gentleman on the program was describing the idea of shortening the summer holiday and spreading it out across the school year. There are benefits to this, he said, especially for the struggling learner. It turned out the guest was none other than our former Minister of Education, George Abbott.
There was no shortage of opinions from parents, students and teachers on this topic. Some people liked the idea, others were opposed to it. The reasons for or against were varied and seemed to depend on lifestyle and other circumstances.
We’ve talked about a modified school calendar in an earlier question, but I’m still curious to know what you think of this idea. Bill 36 School Amendment Act (2012) gives school districts permission to explore alternate school calendars, such as a year-round system. What do you think of a shorter summer break with the days off spread out more evenly across the year?
- Eve Gaudet, Director Open Government