Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Summer Vacation

Before 1840, urban public education in the United States of America is every weekday of the year except for new years . Hence, all 260 weekdays of the year are part of the school year. However, the school year for rural area is still the December to March (first quadrimester), and Mid-April to Mid-August or Mid-May to August (second quadrimester) . Therefore, to "equalize" education, the traditional school year is created starting from September to December (first quadrimester) and Mid-January to Mid-May (second quadrimester) and Mid-May to Mid-June (annual examination). However, there are two circumstances with this school year:
  1. Migrant Working families and Rural families cannot educate their children since their children miss out in September and October Harvest season, as well as the Early April Planting season.
  2. Urban families rich enough to own summer homes full with slaves for maintenance are able to enjoy their summer vacation in their summer homes. 
In effect, the traditional school year is about maintaining a barrier to mobility from rural families to the middle class since children miss out three months (about a third) of the school year every year.

Or we could look at it in the other direction where it helped the rural families close the gap because before the traditional school year, rural has 7.5 to 8 months and urban has 12 months, but after the traditional school year, rural has 8 months and urban has 9 months.

*quadrimester  - four months (Latin root - quattuor mensis).
*semester - six months (Latin root - sex mensis)

The quadrimester (real) becomes semester (nominal) since it represents half of a school year even though it is only four months.

The reason why physicians intentionally and biasedly choose to say that kids are fragile glass is because the anti-education politicians want to pocket more money from the government. Those politicians also have summer homes full of slaves to maintain it year round. Full Year Schooling has been part of the Traditions; Puritan Americans required any town with at least 150 households to have a Church and Public Education.

Year Round School vs Traditional School
The results of multiple studies (Hippel (2007), Skinner (2014), there are others) found that students on average learn the same amount in any consecutive twelve month interval on either system because students learn 180 days for either system. Of course, the greatest change is the extreme students. In the Traditional School year, extreme students perform further from average than in Year Round School. In other words, good students perform worse in Year Round Schools while bad students perform better in Year Round School. Thus, frequent breaks destroy the momentum of good students, but relieve bad students of burnouts.

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