Originally Posted by whatsnextmom
In elementary, it's not such a problem but in the teen years, those on year round are at a real disadvantage. Those teens can't compete for job when they have a 3 week summer and another has 13 weeks and there aren't many year round positions available to teens that provide more than a couple hours a week. Year-round kids are ommitted from most internship opportunities and interest-based intensive study programs which tend to be about 6 weeks long and during school hours. We've known parents who have put their kids on independant study contracts for the first several weeks of high school so their kids CAN participate. I suppose the answer is to force all the school districts to sync their calendars to year round but still, it would take away from certain opportunites where you really need weeks of full days to really dig in and learn.
No easy answers.
Yes, that is a drawback, I agree. Most of the students who had jobs either returned to them during the 2-week breaks, as well as the longer 6-week summer break, or worked part-time throughout the school year for a few hours every week. In high school, part of the 10th grade curriculum required every student to complete a work study/co-op and community services placements, so they could gain some experience in different settings. It seemed to work out fine for them.
Originally Posted by HollyBearsMom
The biggest argument is that it would cost working parents a lot more money to cover a 3 two-week vacations and 1 six-week summer break. Single parents have it even harder since a working class level parent might only get 2-3 weeks paid vacation a year with no partner to trade off with.
Another vaild point. The funny thing is that no one in the almost-year-round system that I described would ever consider moving to a North American-style long 10-week summer vacation. They really enjoyed the regular 10-week terms and their four vacation breaks per year. They took advantage of more frequent family time throughout the year, rather than cramming everything into one summer vacation period. Of course, they also think the North American standard of 2 vacation weeks per year is utter craziness.
Originally Posted by Coral123
.Who would want to take a three week break in February, when our temps could be hovering aroung 0 degrees?
Well, for a start, people who love winter. Skating, skiing, snow-shoeing, hiking, snuggling up in a cabin in the woods around a fireplace, playing board games can be as much fun as baking on hot sand under a melanoma-inducing sun. It doesn't even have to be a traditional snowy winter to make it more attractive for some. A lot of people living in tropical climates find summer temperatures of 100 to 110 F to be as difficult to cope with than 0 degrees, and prefer to vacation during the more comfortable winter months. Heck, I slow down when it's 80 or 85F and have to motivate myself to do much.
Then there are the people who work in the summer tourist/hospitality industry, farmers, fishers, and other seasonal workers who cannot vacation in July or August. They tend to take their breaks in January and February. Even most retailers find February to be their slow season - after the Christmas rush and January sales and before new spring lines are introduced. February makes sense for a lot of people.