The average New Jersey citizen usually takes little interest in any governor’s State of the State address. That changed somewhat this year, when there was obviously a bit more attention paid to Governor Christie’s speech, both because he is considered a strong presidential candidate and because he is trying to withstand one of the first blemishes on his tenure with “Bridge-gate”.
But while those issues interested political junkies, it was another major policy proposal in the speech that had parents talking the next day. The governor proposed that our schools should move to longer school days and a longer school year. Parents jumped into the discussion because they could envision, or at least imagine, how such a proposal would affect their families.
As a parent, I am no different when it comes to thinking about the school calendar. Since both my wife and I work, our feelings about the odd days off, that schools sometimes give, have had more to do with child care issues than educational ones. I am not particularly proud of that. Read the rest of this entry »