Some people believe that students should be given one long vacation each year. Others believe that students should have several short vacations throughout the year. Which viewpoint do you agree with? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice.
I like the idea of students having several short vacations throughout the year. I’m a working parent with two school-age children. Every summer I have to come up with a plan for keeping my children safe and entertained for three consecutive months while my husband and I are at work. Summer camps are expensive, and finding one that provides safety, learning, and entertainment for children is often a hassle. Getting rid of that one long vacation and replaceing it with several short ones would make life a lot easier.
Having several shorter vacations would also make it easier to schedule vacations. My husband and I both work in small offices with other working parents. All of us need vacation time during the same three months. This presents a difficult challenge to our businesses and our careers.
We also find that wherever we go in the summer, it’s crowded. It would be nice to go places throughout the year and find smaller crowds. I’m sure the attractions themselves would like that better, too. It would be better for the economy to spread peak vacation times out across an entire year, instead of just during one period.
I think my children would be more focused on their studies if their vacation time was divided up throughout the year. Because the school year is so long, they don’t often give full attention to studies during the final months. They’ve been in school for nine long months and they don’t have a lot of energy or focus, and are also anticipating upcoming vacation and freedom. If vacations were spaced throughout the year, they would be better able to concentrate on studies.
Of course, many older school buildings aren’t air-conditioned, because usually people aren’t there during the hottest months. That might be a problem, I think, although new air-conditioning units would be worth the cost. During the last few weeks of summer, my children are bored with their long vacation. I doubt that would happen if there were several vacations throughout the year.