The high cost of post-La­bor Day school

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES - Joel Miller, Dun­dalk

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.

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