Vacation Opinion Question
The thread about the school year starting August 1 got me thinking....
In recent years I have encountered parents who would take their kids out of school to go on vacation. The usual destination was Disney World in Florida, although some would do ski vacations in New England or the Poconos, late or early beach vacations, etc.
The usual duration was a week. Some were 10 days.
These weren't "educational" or "cultural" trips; they were pure R&R. The kids did not bring schoolwork with them, either. The kids would just miss a week or so of school.
Usually this was in addition to the usual summer vacation, spring break trip and winter holiday activities.
I don't think it's OK to simply pull kids out of school for a week or more to go to Disney World, the beach or skiig. I say school is more important. But apparently it is quite common nowadays.
What do others think?
73 de Jim, N2EY
School will be there when they get back. Sometimes a rested mind works better than a stressed one, no?
Originally Posted by N2EY
When I was a kid my parents pulled me out of school for a week, every year to be precise. Personally, I did better after coming back from a mini vacation. I believe this was due to my brain getting to rest and my stress level subsiding. However, unlike you suggested, I was required to take schoolwork along. I guess that may be a difference between one school board and another?
Though, I must say that I found all of my trips to be educational and none of them were to a theme park. Germany, the Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Canada, and Mexico are the countries I visited as a child when on these vacations. Many summers were spent inside the US as well. Often times at Space museums, in caves learning, etc.
My most memorable vacation during the school year was with my grandfather and it was for 13 days. We travled most of the east coast and this particular trip ended up encouraging me to get my ham ticket.
Now, I suppose that simple trips to theme parks may have yielded different results but to that I can not comment. However, I am of the opinion that it is not harmful as long as the students work is sent with them on the trip. They get a mental brake at a different pace but are still focused on their subject material enough to keep from being lost or out of place when they return back to school.
Just my thoughts.
73 de KB3LAZ
In lieu of achievement we have mediocrity.
A week spent fishing with dad is better than a week in school by a factor of ten.
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Maybe, but that's not what these folks are doing.
Originally Posted by KB9BVN
73 de Jim, N2EY
The trips I'm talking about are completely unlike what you describe - as you noted.
Originally Posted by KB3LAZ
73 de jim, N2EY
My kids are all grown now, but when they were in school there was no way I would have pulled them out for a week to go visit a theme park.
It's amazing to see what some people contemplate. Having said that, the small fraction of families who do take vacations during school time in no way factors into the apparent decline in educational efficacy or the intelligence of the kids.
To state the obvious, statistics show that discretionary family vacations are taken by those who can afford them. These families involved are affluent enough to afford multiple vacations such as described and are generally also better educated as are/will be their kids.
In other words, so what?
My parents pulled me out of school (60's and early 70's) all the time. Most of these trips were skiing out West, but one was a week in Europe when I was about 12. I learned more about other folks and culture that one week than years of school would have ever taught me. My dad used to pull me out of school on weekday afternoons he had off so we could go dove hunting, but that was just a handful of days each year. I was a good student and made mostly A's in school, so it never seemed to create any problems for me. I'm grateful for all those experiences!
A vacation from school is a WONDERFUL Idea! For, in that time they AREN'T there, their little heads aren't being filled with AGENDA DRIVEN Mush, which is what they are indoctrinated with these days.
LONG GONE are the days of READIN, WRITIN, and RITHMATIC! Now, they are taught to be "SENSITIVE" to alternative lifestyles and to do what their very whacked-out teachers tell them as far as social ideals. There is NO TIME for real learning. So, by visiting different parts of the world, they can see and learn FIRST HAND what life is REALLY like, not what drivel their supposed educators are trying to force feed them! That is also why many kids are being HOME SCHOOLED these days!
I take the opposite stance: If they have the summer off why do kids need more time off?
While kids here are basking in the sun and goofing off, other kids are studying hard so they can do well in school and upon college graduation, become successful professionals. Except for rural areas, kids no longer need to take the summer off to help out on the farm--they need to stay in school so they can learn and become successful in today's extremely competitive job market.