Why Summer Vacation as we Know it Should Come to an End

By Felicia M

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We all know the pain. About three days into summer vacation parents are berated with the typical “I. Am. So. Bored.” Arguably, there are far better systems than our current two month break, which would also give students more weeks off during a year than they would normally get. The system I think would work better is the system used in Britain. In this system, students have a six week summer vacation and more one week vacations throughout the entirety of the year. In total, they get around 13 weeks off of school, where as here, we get 11.

I think this program would be more beneficial because students would still have a fair amount of time during summer vacation to travel and spend time outside, but they don’t have to deal with the inevitable boredom that eventually hits. That would prevent the feeling that you might actually want to go back to school as summer vacation is coming to a close. Horrible, I know.

Students would also get more time off school in the middle of the year. The British system makes it so that students get more one week breaks in the middle of the year, but less individual days off. That means during these one week breaks, families can actually go on vacations other than Banff for the weekend, and might even get as far as Edmonton or Jasper. It’s also a great excuse for parents to take time off of work when they can, so you’re not sitting at home alone playing video games, binge watching Netflix, scrolling through Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter simultaneously, or rushing to do the chores in the five minutes before your mom gets home from work. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.

Academically, it’s also better than our current system. Instead of having long two week breaks for you to re-melt your brain on the Internet, the one week break sufficiently allows students to catch up on any outstanding homework and relax before having to go back to school. That way you still get time to relax, but manage to avoid forgetting the whole math unit you’ve been working on. Or is that just me? The summer break is the same. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who has walked back into class on the first day of school and had no idea what the teacher was talking about. Academia are proven more effective when they’re taken in shorter bursts as opposed to all at once with longer breaks in between. Essentially, you get more days off, and have a better chance of performing academically. It’s a win-win situation.

At the end of the day, the vacation structure in Britain appears to be a lot better thought out than the one here in Canada, and I think we could use a change. It would help keep us entertained over the summer, do better in our classes, and we’d get more time off. It that doesn’t convince you, I really don’t know what will. The only way to find out is to test it though, and I sure won’t say no to more days off during the school year. How about you?


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