I didn’t plan on doing this so soon, but I saw a story on this and I have decided to do a preview of my How to Improve the Government School System, this one on the drive to get rid of summer vacation.
First the origin of summer vacation for schools was during America’s agrarian roots unlike many of the stories going around about it being for the spring planting or fall harvest which don’t fit time wise, it was for the growing season, and before the modern version of the school system you had the school house and schooling was either voluntary or done by parents, and the children would work around the home, farm, or family business. Now the modern incarnation of summer vacation came into being with the increasing middle class and the ability for those families to take vacations that would last for several weeks.
Now as to the movement to get rid of summer vacation and the argument to extend the school year, I find it is usually pushed by liberals and progressives who use the excuse of Summer Learning Loss, while it is true that children "forget" things during the summer vacation, so do most adults after most start some career, they forget things which to them have no use or does not interest them. I find that the main motive is to keep kids in classrooms longer by using various excuses such as comparisons with foreign countries like Japan with higher scores and all-year school, but what they don’t tell parents is why US scores have dropped in the last few decades, because of their progressive agenda. I will have more on this in later parts of this series but for now I will finish up on this subject.
The liberals and progressives real agenda is to keep children in school longer away from their parents with longer school years and Saturday school so that they can indoctrinate children with their progressive agenda, free from potential medaling by parents. Just look at some of the liberal policies some schools have pushed in recent years, changing what the grades mean, ending the use of red ink, the tolerance for bad behavior (and I don’t mean the class clowns), and the bureaucracy we see in the government school system, there are many more that I could list but I will keep it short.
Finally if you were to compare the homeschoolers scores with the foreign scores you would see what Americans are capable of doing without the progressive interference. The fact that the average American Goverment School Student scores well is amazing with all the progressive interference going on.
The Story that started this, Here.