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PETERS – A possible solution to the spring break conundrum

SD 73 school buses will be back in operation Wednesday.

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THE SPRING BREAK debate in the Kamloops-Thompson school district is one of pure self-interest on the part of everyone involved.

peters-colhedThe district has vacillated between a two-week break, as is the case in most of the province, or a one-week break, as was the case in Kamloops from time immemorial.

Teachers are looking for two weeks, because who wouldn’t want an extra week off?

Unfortunately, as much as teachers do wonderful, valuable work, it’s hard to see why they might need another week on top of the time outside of the classroom already afforded.

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1 Comment on PETERS – A possible solution to the spring break conundrum

  1. I will agree with Peters on this one.

    We (as a society) should keep watchful eye on every attempt, push or need to shorten the school year. I am not one to use the old echoing standard of “when I was a kid …” but during my school years, we were in class for far more days per year than kids these days are. A well understood historic goal of primary and secondary school, is as preparation for students aiming for higher academics, or as a preparatory work training for others who will finish their schooling at grade 12.

    We have seen how in recent years, our public school system has fallen behind in preparing students for higher college or University learning, as when our kids get to that level they realize they do not have the study or learning skills to ensure success, and they struggle far more than previous generations have. Although we can point to many reasons for this, it seems that basic arithmetic of ‘days in school’ can be viewed as a contributing factor. Every day a student is not in class, disables them for the future. Over the last bunch of years, I have heard from many newer post secondary students, who independently realized that high school did not prepare them adequately for advanced learning, and the marks they earned in high school did not translate to being ready for what they were facing.

    Allowing any minimizing of both days in school or lowered expectations of students, do not serve the students, period. Lets keep in mind that statistics have proven that countries that school their children year round, without summer or spring vacations at all, score and fare far better in their future learning endeavors. this is not in dispute. We seem to be following the U.S. shift towards placing more emphasis on the holiday and work structure needs of teachers, at the expense of students futures. The problem is that public school funding has followed suit and now uses non school time as a way to balance budgets.

    Our school board would be well advised to swing their hammer always in the direction of maintaining and increasing in-school days, and be wary over the long term of single days and single week changes to this.

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