Summer break is the best time of year

July 23, 2012

By John Seiler

About this time of year, liberal education ideologues start talking about how bad summer break is for kids; how summer break is a leftover from when most people were farmers, and the kids were needed behind the plow; how year-round school is best, and can help us beat the smart Chinese, Japanese, Indians, Finns, etc.

On cue comes Peter Orszag, economist, banker, member of the Council on Foreign Relations and 37th Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama. He writes in a Bloomberg column:

“To put it unkindly, the average child becomes dumber and fatter during the vacation….

“Consider, first, the evidence for the summer fade effect. Taken together, a variety of studies indicate that students’ academic skills atrophy during the summer months by an amount equivalent to what they learn in a third of a school year, according to a review by Harris Cooper, a professor of education at Duke University, and several co-authors.”

But that’s good! Given that kids today learn politically correct rubbish, they’re better off at home playing Nintendo.

He adds:

“Let’s start with the most ambitious option: lengthening the school year. I have written previously about the benefit of extending the hours of the school day. A similar argument applies to extending the academic year: More time at task helps children learn, and it would be worth the extra expense involved.”

So, basically he wants kids locked up in their prison/schools almost 24/7/365. And they are prisons. Have you seen schools lately? As I wrote before, a good example is Century High School in Santa Ana, pictured above. Look at the design: just like a prison. It’s far different from the “open campus” I attended, and you may have as well, in previous decades.

Typically, Orszag also doesn’t tell us how his scheme is supposed to be financed.

A “second option,” to provide a six-week “summer enrichment’ program for poor kids. Weren’t they already “helped” by Head Start, another failed program? Orszag writes that this “would cost less than $2,000 per student. If the federal government paid half, the cost to U.S. taxpayers would be about $2 billion a year, and the benefits would be worth much more.” So he says. But the federal government already is $16 trillion in debt. And no federal program ever costs just what was originally promised.

But the key truth here is that summer break is what has made America great. It lets kids dream the future. Would Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs have been better off stuck in school in the summer, instead of dreaming about computers — about “putting a dent in the universe,” as Jobs put it?

Summer break is our Secret Weapon against those brainiac, industrious foreigners. It’s why our kids  are so eager to start companies instead of becoming just another cog in Big Business or government, like Orszag himself or the president.

The main thing about summer break is that it gets kids out of the government-educational prison complex for a couple of months. Instead of taking that time of freedom away from kids, we should get rid of the rest of the school year, too, as James Altucher advises.

Free the children!

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  1. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 23 July, 2012, 11:47

    “….A similar argument applies to extending the academic year: More time at task helps children learn, and it would be worth the extra expense involved.”

    There is NOT data to back this up, and in fact the data out there proves the opposite, that overloading young minds with endless hours days weeks and months of intense study with no room for recreation has the opposite effect of knowledge and learning.

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 23 July, 2012, 11:51

    You are a data expert too?

    What data?

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  3. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 23 July, 2012, 14:48

    Hi Teddy! 🙂

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 23 July, 2012, 17:11

    Hi Wonder

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  5. Donkey
    Donkey 23 July, 2012, 18:41

    John Wrote: “So, basically he wants kids locked up in their prison/schools almost 24/7/365. And they are prisons.” LOL

    Yes they are indoctrination prisons.

    And where would the schools get the extra cash to fund this scheme? What would happen to all the lost taxes that are spent in the summer months by kids and adults vacationing.

    This idea is just another RAGWUS BS story to enrich their bank accounts. Everyone knows that teachers should be bringing home more than cops and FF’s, right? The RAGWUS game runs 24/7 for the feeders!!! 😉

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  6. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 23 July, 2012, 18:43

    Uhaul, answer me from your Teddy Steals account 🙂

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  7. Freedom Works
    Freedom Works 24 July, 2012, 11:58

    Big John hits it on the nose again! Thanks John

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  8. Eric in SR
    Eric in SR 24 July, 2012, 14:44

    And I would add that it almost seems *deliberate* that those who advocate year-round schooling do so for the purpose of inflicting further damage on the traditional nuclear family, wresting control of children from their parents and putting it squarely in the hands of the state. It is bad enough that most universities charge a bundle in tuition and other fees, but when parents pay this bundle only to have their children spout leftist nonsense (and often move right back in with Mom and Dad), it’s truly an outrage. Then you add year-round schools so the state can “get ’em” at the youngest age possible.

    Prevent child abuse–homeschool your children! Or find a really good parochial school for them.

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