Live from a soon-to-be full-time student teacher that found out today that her school will not be having a spring break next year. Also live from a part-time student observer who spends eight hours a week in said school, and found out just how crazy their students are waiting for their spring break this year. The whole energy is different, and it is a bad different.
This morning, it took less than 20 minutes for a teacher to call for administrative help over the walkie-talkie. Before lunch, a student from a different class had to come sit in our classroom to do his work because he was being so disruptive all day that his teacher physically could not be around him anymore, it was bad for her and it was bad for the rest of the class.
This spring break is already later than usual. This particular county of schools bases their spring break around Easter, and since Easter came late this year, so did break. This kids need a break, bad.
Now, before you get all huffy about how "you don't get spring break in the real world!", I want you to stop and check yourselves. First of all, you are (I'm assuming) a grown adult. You are more mature than an elementary schooler, I'd be willing to bet you probably get some vacation days that you can use at your leisure (unlike an elementary schooler), and do you really think it is necessary to force six-year-olds to cope with the real world?
Burn-out is a very real thing. I am not saying this as a college student that is bummed that I cannot use this time to go party for a week at the beach with my friends, I am saying this as someone who is physically and mentally exhausted every time I leave that school, and I am only there for four hours at a time.
Your kids need a break. The people who are in charge of your kids need a break. They need to catch up and make sure your kids are fully prepared for their next school year.
That break, spring break is a necessity, not an option.