Spring break? Not in my day

February 1, 2014 

It was with great interest that I read about all the fuss regarding "free days" for schools that did not include enough snow days into their calendar. One thing that could easily be reduced to make up for the loss is the "spring break" that seems so prevalent in schools today.

Not wanting to sound like an old fogey, but when I went to public school, this holiday did not exist. Schools started after Labor Day and were finished by Memorial Day. It seems to me that using these days would be a simple way to make up for lost days. Tacking the days onto the end of the year is pointless as children pretty much stop learning near the end of the school term. By using spring break days, there is no need to go through a lot of paperwork or angst and the children will get the education that they so desperately need.

Scott Van Aken


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