Topic: school holidays

Grade Expectations: The Last Two Weeks Of School In December Are Worthless

Grade Expectations: The Last Two Weeks Of School In December Are Worthless

Who here remembers the last two weeks of school in December? I’m talking about before finals were an issue for anyone to worry about. I mean in elementary school. Who remembers their backsides falling asleep in their wooden chairs as the class watched movies and played corny games and generally acted like they were attending the most boring daycare on the planet, not an educational facility? More »

It’s 2011, So Why Is The School Year Setup Straight Out Of 1962?

It’s 2011, So Why Is The School Year Setup Straight Out Of 1962?

It wasn’t until I had children that I realized I should have been a teacher. No matter that I don’t have the patience or the temperament for it; no matter that the pay often isn’t great, and that schools can be demanding, underfunded, frustrating places to work.

Quite simply, everything in the world of parents revolves around the school calendar. This is fantastic if you’re one of the relatively few who work in the school system. It’s terrible if you’re one of the vast majority who does not. More »