Cue music…. “School’s out for summer.”
It’s time for sunshine, warm weather and family adventures. It’s also time to count my blessings as an educator. Unfortunately though, doing so also tends to draw criticism. So here it is, my top “School’s Out for Summer” thoughts (including a few gripes, sorry):
- I’m so excited to spend some time focusing on my family, our house & this blog. Teaching allows me to walk to line between ‘working mom’ and ‘stay at home mom’ since I spend 9 months of the year (technically) working and 3 months off. (More on that later.)
- The American Public School systems tradition of having a 3 month summer vacation dates back to a time when children were needed to help their families during the planting and harvesting seasons. At that point in time it was necessary to close school. We no longer live in that society, but the school system hasn’t changed with the times. As much as we love our summers, you’d be hard fetched to find a teacher who wouldn’t agree with me here…. American students would be more competitive world wide and well educated if we went to a year round school system.
- We do not actually have the whole summer off, and who ever convinced you we do is lacking sense. Teachers do not have a 9-5 job. Our job comes home with us – evenings, weekends, summer, holidays… you name it, we work it. Just because we’re not in the school building with students in front of our face doesn’t mean we aren’t working. How do you suppose we develop those exciting lessons that your kids come home enthused about? (Hint: It’s not from a long relaxing evening with our family after punching out from work for the evening.)
- We only get paid for 9 months of the year. Most of us are fortunate to have the option of stretching out our paychecks to cover all 12 months, but that just means we’re choosing to be paid less every pay period. Worse yet, on average we make less than a daycare provider would per child, by a long shot.
- I miss my students. A lot. We spend so many hours with these young people and then June comes and they’re ‘ripped’ out of our hands. Don’t get me wrong, there are always a select few you can’t wait to get rid of, but for the most part we love our students and will genuinely miss them when school is out.
So there it is… my top 5 thoughts for evening 1 of summer vacation 2013. Are you a teacher? Tell us about your ‘school’s out for summer’ thoughts in the comments. Oh and P.S…. since we’re talking about education – don’t forget to register for our June Giveaway – a one-year membership to ABCmouse.com (an $80 value!). Giveaway ends June 30th, 2013 so hurry and sign up today!