School Holidays: A Time of Remembrance or Day Off for Adults?

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Has our country lost respect for holidays?

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It seems they’ve become an afterthought.

We look forward to the next one, but not always for the right reasons.

In today’s world, they are less about celebrating, remembering, or learning about an event and more about a 3 day weekend (just for the record… I’m a BIG fan of the 3 day weekend).

They’ve become an opportunity to extend our weekends.

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It makes me wonder if schools should be in session on holidays.

Would students (and adults) be better off celebrating holidays at school rather than sleeping in and enjoying a day off?

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3 Responses to “School Holidays: A Time of Remembrance or Day Off for Adults?”

  1. Michelle Howell-Martin
    on Jan 29th, 2011
    @ 7:05 am

    The selfish part of my says that I would very much like to keep my 3 day weekends. However, when none of my students can tell me why we get Veteran’s Day off (except if we need to use it to make up a hurricane day) that disturbs me. What’s even more concerning is when there is no space within curriculum maps to teach about these holidays.

  2. Raquel
    on Jan 31st, 2011
    @ 12:26 pm

    Truthfully, yes. They would be better celebrated in school. Most of us, me included just take the day off. Maybe a good compromise is if you have proof that you were celebrating the holiday appropriately, for example- If you march in a parade on MLK day bring the sign in sheet. Or if you visit a monument on Veterans day then it is the same as being counted present.

  3. Kristin
    on Feb 19th, 2011
    @ 11:19 am

    I completely agree. I think that students would learn so much more if they were required to attend schools on various holidays. I think that attending schools on various holidays will make for a perfect teaching moment. For an example, the school that I currently work in, will be in session on President’s Day. Our principal put together an entire assembly all about the Presidents. I think the students will learn so much more about President’s Day in school, rather than having another day off.

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