Joey C’s Proposal For Changing School Vacation Week Locally
Kids missing school isn’t a good thing. It’s not good for the students. Not good for the teachers who have their performance tied to standardized testing. Not good for education in general. I’m fairly certain we can all agree on that.
With all public schools taking the same exact school vacation week off what it has created in the travel industry is a huge demand all at once and if anyone wants to travel during school vacation week prices not only double, but they often times triple or quadruple.
So parents who would like to take their kids away often times take their kids out a week before or a week after a winter vacation and once those kids are in third grade or so they can lose a fundamental building block of their education. Teachers whose job performance are increasingly tied to state standardized test scores are penalized for children’s absence if they aren’t there to learn and those students bring their average test scores down.
So I ask, why not just move school vacation week forward or back a week so we don’t have to compete with the entire state for flights to Orlando or some other vacation destination at the very same time?
You would have better attendance because parents wouldn’t pick an off school vacation week to go away.
The people who wouldn’t take their kids out of school on an off school vacation week might be able to afford to take their children away if every public school district in the State didn’t take the same exact week off.
Teachers would benefit from higher attendance rates and presumably higher standardized test scores because the kids would be in class.
I see it as a win all the way around.