Today we celebrate President’s Day.
According to History in the Headlines , “Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. [It] became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. . .[it] also included a provision to combine the celebration of Washington’s Birthday with Abraham Lincoln’s, which fell on the proximate date of February 12.”
The Rochester City School District, along with nearly every other district in the country adheres to this antiquated calendar that no longer provides a respite for workers but a hardship by attaching a week long break from school to this birthday celebration.
In an effort to celebrate presidential birthdays, not accomplishments, parents today do not received a welcomed three day weekend, but are required to find day care for their children for an entire week.
According to the RCSD School Calendar, there are twenty-nine holiday days off during the 180 day school year. Ten days during the Christmas holiday season when families are suffering financially because of the holidays, they now have to pay day care costs as well. February recess is another week of financial hardship followed by another five day break in April for Spring recess.
With day care costs what they are, most children become “latch key” children during these times and do little in the way of learning when not in school. Neglected children loose valuable time building relationships with caring adults and children who only eat when in school are left to “fend” for themselves and usually their siblings as well.
When considering the make-up of the calendar for the school year, what is best for our children should be the major concern. Indeed what is best for our children is also what is best for our parents.
There is no argument that children should be in school longer however it would be better to lengthen the number of days children are in school, not the number of hours.
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