Get Back to School -- or Else!

Posted Sunday, August 10, 2008, at 2:52 PM
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  • Sometimes, we as people, learn more just getting off to ourselves and enjoying life while we can. Kids need time to be kids. I agree with you 100%

    -- Posted by Ninesy on Mon, Aug 11, 2008, at 10:24 AM
  • David:

    Yes time for the kids to get back to school and get their heads wrapped thoroughly around their studies. On that point we totally agree. While I also agree that summer vacation is a wonderful thing, it may get harder and harder to justify those buildings not being utilized year round. Our local budget is getting tighter and tighter and while the property taxation has eased off a bit, we are eventually going to have to make up for the loss in some fashion. Sales tax isn't doing it and is putting the poor into a deeper hole. Will we come to a point where curriculum is lost because we are more committed to the buildings and summer vacation than to the academics? I hope not. If you look at a winter or fall vacation from another standpoint, it can have benefits. Might be more fun to go to Disney World in January than in July? Might be able to coordinate a vacation with relatives who work for park service or other vacation industry as they rarely can take much time off during the peak summer months with their children. Then there is ice fishing in winter, skiing, hockey. All fun winter activities...or a fishing trip in the deep south even? Still plenty of time for a kid to be a kid. Right now we have that coveted summer break, but life is about changes and choices. How we choose one day will determine what choices we will have in the future. We have to weigh the trade offs. Both our local and national economy is not very promising right now. Do we trade down our ability to compete even more just to keep the summer vacation? What good will it do if our future taxpayers won't get the available jobs to pay for one...or to pay taxes so future students will have a better chance than they? Something for all to think about. There will come a time when we can no longer can have our cake and eat it too and we will all have to make a choice. Pay up front as an investment for the future of our society, adapt to changing times in order to fit into the changing world, or keep our summer vacation and our funding commitments the same and let the futures of our children slide down the slippery slope. Nostalgia is a look back and doesn't pay the bills. Looking forward to see how we can be that one puzzle piece that will be the good fit for what the world is going to need is planning for success. Year round school isn't an issue right now but I think we all need to think about which way we are looking when we get to the point where we all have to make a choice. Have a good day.

    -- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Aug 11, 2008, at 2:20 PM
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