I Hate the First Day of School. But I Have Yet Another Plan.


Yes, it’s true.

I hate the first day of school.

Hate it. With a passion.

You heard me. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate it.

I hate it like a 15 year old boy hates homework (or a 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, or 41 year old… the point being, boys don’t like homework).
My Plan is Very Detailed.
I hate it like my 7 year old daughter hates boys (I can sense her disgust for boys slowly fading away… I am afraid that I am in for some long and painful years between the ages of 12 and 21).

Did I mention that I hate the first day of school?

Good. Just so we are all on the same page (and as long as that page isn’t a worksheet or a term paper).

If you are asking yourself, why does he hate the first day so much? The opening of school has so many positives. It is a great time of the educational year.

Students are generally excited to be back in a routine (even if they don’t admit it), parents are unusually excited for the students to be out of their house (they can’t wait to admit it), and the teachers are usually ready to start a new year (some will reluctantly admit it).

Fall is in the air. The leaves will be turning colors. The weather is cooling down. Football is about to begin. And don’t forget Christmas is just around the corner (can someone please tell me why time is getting faster… there used to be 24 hours in a day).

Still, even with all of these good things happening, I hate it.

The first day of school is exhausting.

More mentally than physically (although my feet do hurt on the first day… every year… mental note, next year hold off on wearing the new school shoes until Day 2).

So much work goes into getting school started. It is unbelievable how much time and effort goes into reviewing rules and policies that everyone on staff was following only 3 short months ago. Wouldn’t this time be better used focusing on students?

Now pay attention, because I am only going to say this once.

As someone who has been adamantly opposed to year round school. As someone who treasures their time off. As a person who excitedly looks forward to summer even more than a boy who is getting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas (that is my second Holiday reference in an August blog… very impressive if you ask me… and I just realized that no one is asking me, so let’s move on).

But before we do… if you are receiving a BB Gun this year… keep in mind “That you will shoot your eye out, kid.”

Back to the subject at hand.

Here it goes. Please don’t ever repeat this.

Because I will deny it.

I think year round school might be a good idea.

I can’t believe that those heinous words just came out of my mouth. I feel a little dirty (I may need to shower before continuing).

Yes, I hate the first day of school because of the time and effort it takes.

It is amazing to me the amount of things that need addressed that we all took for granted just last spring.

Discipline, how to take attendance, putting grades in the computer, etc… it goes on and on.

Wouldn’t it just be easier (and better for the students) to go year round and take shorter breaks?

Oh my gosh, I just said it again. I may throw up in my mouth if I don’t stop.

I have become the national poster boy for year round school (by national, I mean the 12 people who read this… yes, my readership is way up… thank you very much).

My proposal is as follows. 9 weeks of school, 3 weeks off.

And of course a little longer vacation during the summer. I haven’t hashed that part of the plan out just yet.

Although, I am thinking a summer vacation should last somewhere between 14 and 32 weeks.

You see, while I am now a proponent of year round schooling, I still love my summers.

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