It seems in my area we've been overtaken with creeping school start-itis. Schools in my community opened August 9. That is obscene.
No one asked the public. No one asked the parents. No one asked the students (although with the teachers' unions being so strong I'll bet they were sure as heck asked).
The usual experience seems to be that school boards just sort of decided they would make it happen, because some European or Japanese "expert" proclaimed that year-round school was a good thing. (Yeah, right. I remember when New Zealand's "whole language" reading concept was supposed to be manna from heaven and adopted by zillions of US school districts only to be quietly discarded a few years later when kids showed a decline in reading skills.) So the ed boards, knowing what is best for all the cretinous slobs they supposedly represent, sneak it into each year's schedule, creeping up every time. Last year schools here started around August 19. A few years before that, the last week in August. I guess a September school-year start is a forlorn hope.
But here's the deal: it's not about the kids; it's about the teachers. In my state teachers traditionally had a 9-month contract. By stretching out the school year the incredibly powerful teachers' union can make the argument they need an immediate 25% raise just to "catch up" to a year's worth of work. The whores who pass for legislators in most states will slick it through in a flash.
They will intentionally overlook the fact that the year-round school calendar, in addition to the usual school holidays, adds a bunch of "mini-vacations" of from two days up to a two-week break every quarter of the year. Teachers will still be working no more than 180 or so days a year, as opposed to the 240+ days that Joe and Jane Schmoe work every year. Allotting a teacher's salary across the actual days worked instead of a whole year, we see that teaching is economically a fairly sweet gig. For example compare Teacher's $40,000 against Bookkeeper's $50,000: Teacher's gross pay is $222, Bookkeeper's $208. But the teachers' unions don't want to talk about that.
Meanwhile we will turn school into nothing but another job - for the students.
Like 200 schools in CPS started this week if I recall. Thankfully I live a few miles outside of Daley's iron fisted reign, so I get to enjoy the full extent of the summer. Till the 20th. Freshmen gotta go in on the 17th. And it has a bad effect on student moral, let me speak from personal experiance. If it's 80 degrees and sunny and I see an open door, hell no I ain't going to class. I spent half of the first day of school last year hanging around outside. And when I am in class I'm less inclined to particpate. And we don't have any air conditioning.
yea man, school in my area starts the 13th. im so glad last year was my last year. lol
As jealous as I get over teachers and students "summer vacations" I feel you kids need the break. School is a grind... This is the only time in your life you'll get time off like this and you guys should be fighting for it. Oh, unless of course you go into teaching... If I was a teacher Id much rather have the time off then a 25% raise!!!
School without a summer vacation sounds like hell. I wouldn't have made it, i hated school. But the era i went to school in was alot different than today. They still used the strap when i went to school.
jumjum;3849525. Allotting a teacher's salary across the actual days worked instead of a whole year, we see that teaching is economically a fairly sweet gig. For example compare Teacher's $40,000 against Bookkeeper's $50,000: Teacher's gross pay is $222, Bookkeeper's $208. But the teachers' unions don't want to talk about that.
Not only that, but they get absurd amounts of retirement, health insurance, and various other benefits that the average person could only dream of. I remember when I used to go to high school the teachers would always whine and moan about how they "are so poor" and how they "don't get paid enough" (In class, none the less) even though they made roughly 70k a year for only working half of it what with all of these vacations and breaks they get.
Eventually I got tired of this and brought up the fact that my dad (a dental technician) has to work all year with no vacation, gets no retirement, has terrible health insurance, and doesn't even get paid half of what the "oh so poor" teachers make. It sure shut them up for a while, but as usual the whining continued again after a couple weeks.
And when I say they have absurd retirement, I mean it. Last time I checked it was 700k+ for working there for 40 years.
When does your summmer vacation start jum jum? In june?
Usually last week in May.
Mine starts September 5. Damn. Just recently the teachers' union had a strike saying they didn't get paid enough. These teachers got paid the MOST in the whole fucking state.
Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
My college (game design class "International Game Architecture and Design" class at the NHTV in Breda, the Netherlands) starts in September. I will have an intro week from August 27th till August 31st. Then after the weekend on September 3th college starts.
My holiday can't end soon enough!! :D
Usually the summer vacation is from very late may / early-mid June until September depending on if you are in primary school, secondary school or college (and if you have any obligations left such as retaking an exam you failed for etc.) and the region you are in (each part of the country has a different start and ending date which swap around). And ofcourse 4-5 weeks of additional vacations throughout the year and a bunch of single day offs.