Day 184 (of 186) “finished”
Love how the last day of June is thought of as “the last day”…..
Philosophically because learning never ends and we should be able to continue to celebrate achievements and learnings via our efolios (its only tasks for a mark on the report card that “end”).
The agrarian based school calendar should be changing. If what I see in papers and online about the “summer brain drain” is real, we have the ability to make changes to address this. If two months is too long (and everybody being on vacation at the same time means a spike in gas and hotel prices) – let’s switch things up if that’s going to help the conditions for learning.
The only thing that really “finishes” is contracts. Thinking reflecting planning always goes on. Opportunities for pro-d continue. Sometimes a period of sleeping in and even having some afternoon naps is needed too. Kinda depends on the person and what they’ve gone through. As we don’t acknowledge enough, kids gotta be ready to learn before they can actually learn. Conditions need to be right.
And perhaps a look back to our agrarian ancestors who set up school for this change: too much or too little (rain sun heat etc) can impact the crop – it may not excuse what the finished product may look like, but it sure helps explain it!
Even as my oldest daughter “finishes” school and graduates, her learning journey isn’t over. But then again, neither is mine. Curious how the summer break will affect and effect us…!