Labor Day, should it be changed?
Original post made by Parent on Aug 27, 2007
This idea has been brewing around in my mind for a while. As we busy ourselves in Palo Alto for back to school tomorrow, for four days and then a long weekend which is now really quite defunct as a time to go away, moving the holiday to August would give us the psychological readiness we are used to. The four day week may be a good idea for the first week of school for many reasons, but two four day weeks much make it more difficult for the administration. Even the local stores would probably do really well with Labor Day preceeding the school year and those parents who work full time have the benefit of the long weekend as the time to do all the back to school shopping. For those who want a last weekend away, the extra day would make it more meaningful. Even those who celebrate Labor Day in its true meaning, would probably celebrate more wholeheartedly if it wasn't back in the school year.
Many people who don't have children in school would probably bemoan the change out of traditional reasons, and there is nothing wrong with being traditional. I am just looking at this in a more practical sense and feel that my family would definitely enjoy having school start after Labor Day and getting down to business without the impending day off and the feel that school starts too early.
If we can't change the school year, maybe we should change the holiday.
on Aug 27, 2007 at 10:56 am
This idea, if I didn't make myself clear, would have to be at a national level not a state or even PA level. Labor Day is a national holiday and would require to be changed at the national level by the federal government. However, it has happened before that national public holidays have been changed both in this country and others. It is no reflection on the holiday just when to celebrate in terms of how life is changing the optimum day to celebrate.
on Aug 27, 2007 at 1:03 pm
The real question is whether the summer vacation period should be contracted, as the teachers' unions, and many professional educators, would like to see happen, or should it be kept at its traditional date (at or near Labor Day).
There is backlash from parents, because it interferes with vacation plans, sports tournaments, etc. I don't have kids in the system any more, but if I did, and I had specific plans, I would live out the traditional summer, even if it meant starting school a week (or two) late.
In the end, the school system belongs to the parents and taxpayers, so we need to decide what is best for us. If the parents want a shorter summer break, so be it; if not, then they will vote with their absence.
on Aug 27, 2007 at 5:46 pm
So how would I know when to put away my white bucks and boater if not for Labor Day?