09-14-2012, 08:04 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: NW Maine
Re: I need help understanding modern schooling
February break is pretty standard in the East/New England area. It is to try to cut down on the amount of snow days by having more break time in winter. A for early release days, that seems like a lot for a larger district to have. I know smaller schools and districts have more early release days to give teachers a time for prep. My DH taught at a smal three class room k-8 school and they had early release every Wednesday so that the teachers could get prep time. In a larger district teachers usually have a prep period where they don't have students, but that can't happen in smaller schools so much.
Originally Posted by joslin
Do your schools have "early release days" all schools around here have 1-3 early release days A MONTH! So your kid gets out of school at noon and some schools have early release once a week. It is so weird here. They also get 2 "spring breaks" one is called February vacation and the other is a normal spring break, they are both a full week.
I am from Southern Ca and thought this stuff wa weird when I moved to Maine, but most of it makes logical sense. As for the classroom set up you saw at your local school....I'd personally run from it, but I also know that play is being phased out more and more in public education unfortuanately we expect way to much from such little people I think.
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