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In this week’s Sunday Edition, Marcus Green and Lawrence Smith had an interesting story about state legislators who are trying to push the start of school back until the end of August, which they feel will help tourism tremendously. They feel that by doing that, and then cutting back on the breaks students take during the school year, the educational process could actually be improved too.
I am in support of this initiative because, without question, I think school starts too early for kids today. When I was growing up, if someone had made me start school in mid-August or sooner, I would have felt like I had been robbed of my summer. I never once started school before Labor Day. We took a Christmas break and maybe a Spring Break, but that was it. There was benefit to school having educational consistency without frequent interruptions for breaks.
I agree that tourism would be helped, families could spend more time together and this would help the state economy too. Tourism may not be the only reason to start school later in the summer, but it’s a good one.
Call and share your thoughts.
I’m Bill Lamb, and that’s my Point of View.