( Certainly not groundbreaking national politics – but a local matter, which I would very much like to comment on. And indeed, this is a very impromptu post, pushed ahead of the others scheduled due to its importance – )
A few thousand or more sleepy teenagers breathed a collective sigh of relief when it was announced over the loudspeakers that they would not have to cut into summer to make up the snow days. Instead, an additional ten minutes will be added to each school day to make up for the couple snow days.
Normally this would not be a problem, but my first thought was, Where will it stop?! Will kids in a few years have to spend every hour of daylight in the peculiar-smelling public schools?
And I think there is a reason for it – and it’s not just because of snow days.
I fully believe that they who are in charge want to exert as much control as possible over the kids. Perhaps I sound like a conspiracy theorist – but one cannot deny the growing influence of the public school in the student’s life, and I think it’s no accident.
My solution? Well, I could propose any number of solutions to the snow day problem, but considering the public school has a zero-tolerance policy on common sense, I doubt my ideas will get very far. But I will still voice my favorite.
Just leaving it be. I don’t suppose that two days or how many it actually is that important. What would we have done in those days? If a couple of days are lopped off from the school year, will the students be deprived of their education? Of course not, so just ignore the problem here, which isn’t actually a problem.
And how much do you want to wager, friends, that next school year they will conveniently forget to reduce the school day back to its proper length? It’s like a tax – once it starts it never goes away. I know it seems trivial, but we must stand for something or we will be walked all over.
As always, comments appreciated.