The smell of barbecue in the air means only one thing, summer is in full affect and your kids are likely enjoying time spent with friends and less about school. Who didn’t enjoy time off from school, being able to roam the streets knowing that tomorrow Mrs. Wallace wasn’t going to be asking you for your writing assignment. But is summer vacation actually bad for your kids?
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Summer break has been an American tradition since the 19th century, when society was mostly agrarian. School was not held in the summer months because children were needed to help the in the fields and farms. Many children missed additional schooling because of farmwork in the spring and fall. But children didn’t actually get a break in the modern sense of the word. The modern sense of the phrase, “summer vacation‚” is associated with laziness, or carelessness. “
Just give me a cold glass and a lounge chair and my summer is complete!”
But children of the 19th Century didn’t break, they worked during the summer months, keeping their brains sharp even though not in a school setting.
Summer vacation has changed over the years and now majority of american children do nothing during summer. Students in the U.S. are lagging behind their Chinese, Korean, and German counterparts partly due to how we use our summer vacations.