Back to School, Later

When I was in school I often dreaded those first few days. My birthday falls right in the beginning of September and is often on Labor Day or within the first few days of school. Everyone was too preoccupied with back-to-school excitement to really notice and I was never one to call attention to myself. I wen through the day acting like it was nothing special, while feeling at least a little heartbroken inside.

I hadn’t thought about that in years, until this morning when I read that the Philadelphia School District pushed back their start date to September 10th. I would have enjoyed that back then, as I’m sure the kids do now. As an adult, though, I find it annoying. The excuse is that teachers need a few days to train and set up their classrooms. They can’t do that at the end of August?

It sounds to me like everyone wanted their summer vacations to last through Labor Day weekend, at the inconvenience and expense of parents who now have an additional week to cover child care. All of the other school districts manage to get their training and setup done before that Tuesday, and some even start before Labor Day in August.

I’m curious as to why the School District of Philadelphia couldn’t get their act together this year in time for a normal opening.

4 Comments so far

  1. Joe S (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 10:50 am

    The teachers were not asked about when they wanted to start school. This was a school district decision in which neither parents or teachers had any say. So please do not blame teachers.

    For the record if a teacher was making $50,000 a year, worked only the 180 day school year, worked 8 hours a day and taught 30 children the teacher is getting paid..$1.15 an hour per student.

    That is cheap childcare.

  2. jen (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 3:44 pm

    you missed my point. parents have to make arrangements for child care for the additional summer time, either taking more time off from work, paying for it elsewhere or inconveniencing a relative.

  3. Joe S (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 3:34 pm

    I did not miss your point. So parents have to parent. boo-hoo. You complained this was the result of teachers wanting a vacation into labor day. That is not and was not the case.

    School in Philadelphia with students traditionally started the day after Labor Day. The teachers go back the day after Labor Day with or without the children. Many teachers before Labor Day, on their own time, set up their classrooms.

    I understand your complaint. My comment was to your many readers who think teachers are overpaid, underworked, and have a say in when they have to officially show up for work.

  4. Chris (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 12:24 am

    I would assume this is a straight up district decision, since my mom (who is a principal in the school district) has had to be back at work since August 6th.

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