The wheels on the school buses are once again going round and round.
A late July, early August first day of school in my youth was unheard of, and I suspect as youngsters we would have found a way to revolt against such lunacy.
As a child of the 70’s, I grew up on the principles that school ended at Memorial Day and started once again the Tuesday after Labor Day. An antiquated calendar that was based, in part, on the notion that most kids spent their summers working on the family farm.
As a parent in this current age of non-stop electronics and 24/7 on-demand television programming, I applaud the early return to school.
Our children need and deserve a disciplined learning environment non-stop. Learning doesn’t take three months off; neither should they.
But consider this, our kids aren’t the only ones who need to get smarter. We have far too many schools out there not making the grade and while we can’t put the blame solely, or in some cases even partially on the teachers and administrators, we all as parents, educators and members of our community need to lend a helping hand.
Dr. Ann Levett, the new superintendent for the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System says her number one priority is to fix the schools that are failing. Let’s hope for everyone’s sake, she’s able to make not just the kids smarter this year, but all of us.
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