28 January 2012
The abbreviated school year
An interesting column in the StarTribune uses a series of calendars to depict the days available for teaching grade-school students. Above is a calendar of the year (arranged Sept to August), with the summer break blacked out.
Here is the calendar after blacking out weekends and major holidays:
There are some additional calendars at the link, ending with this one, which also blacks out professional development days, conferences, common holidays, spring break, and days for state and standardized testing:
There are only 162 days that wind up not being blacked out. Author Jeremy Olson asks, "What am I doing as a parent to supplement the apparently limited time in which my kids are at school to learn?"
The calendars also provide fuel for the endless arguments over teacher salaries.