The high cost of post-Labor Day school
In response to Gov. Larry Hogan’s views on the school calendar (“Hogan: Objections to post-Labor Day school start are ’silly, trivial, stupid,’” Oct. 21), I’d like share my concerns, and I promise not to whine.
I am among the alleged few who raise objections to the governor’s school year plan. First, I recognize and appreciate his attempts to breathe some life into the state economy as well as into the venerable institution of childhood. These efforts are admirable and necessary. At this point, as in most points in history, however, state economic realities and childhood circumstances are beset by inequity.
One concern I raise is that Governor Hogan’s plan fails to account for the delicate resource of time. Improvement at the confluence of economic development and childhood joy that the governor celebrates in squeezing the school year between two traditional calendar markers is not a reality shared by all Marylanders. While time is a critical resource for all school children, for those living at lower socioeconomic strata, it is of greater value. This resource affects, among many other factors: summer “brain drain,” teacher professional development, weather closure make-ups, availability of school-based meals, as well as after-school and community programs. Those dependent on these resources for personal needs or school betterment are onthe losing end of the governor’s plan. Those who win have more capital to leverage to make up for lost time.
My concerns may not be popular, but neither are they silly, trivial, or stupid.