Atrios and Yglesias, two bloggers who get gazillions more visits than I do — not because they’re better, heaven forbid, but because there’s an all encompassing cosmic injustice woven into the very fabric of the universe. A thought: Is the fact I just wrote that last sentence actually irrefutable proof that they are, in fact, better than I am?
Screw that. It’s the injustice I tell you.
In any case, given that I failed to finish my first sentence above, I should move on. Atrios and Yglesias seem to agree that giving kids lengthy summer vacations is an anachronism (although Atrios’ position is a little more nuanced).
Speaking as someone who is way too old to be the father of six and seven-year-old boys but who nevertheless is, I beg to differ. I would like someone to show me hard evidence that making kids go to school longer produces better adults. I don’t buy it. And I personally think that giving kids a break — a few precious months each year when they aren’t as booked up as adults — is reasonable.
I agree this presents practical problems for single parents and working couples, problems that should be addressed through creation of better resources for parents, but the school system isn’t supposed to be a babysitter.
This nation has become enamored with a more is better view of education — more class hours, more high stakes testing, more hours of homework. I think we’ve lost sight of the real goal here. We aren’t supposed to be simply trying to produce a new generation of cogs for the use and benefit of corporate America. We’re supposed to be growing well-rounded citizens of a republic. And there’s a hell of a lot more involved in that than cramming for tests.