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A perspective from "Down Under"
|Posted By: Laurance Splitter on October 30, 2003|
|Now working in New York, I am from Australia and just want to point out that while I do not know the detailed history of the school calendar there, kids and teachers suffer quite harshly because of the constraints of the calendar. The problem is simple: Summer, often associated with vacations and lazing around - especially in the Australian sun - occurs in December-February, officially. In reality, at least in the south, the really hot months are usually February and March. But schools, forced to observe the Xmas-New Year period, take their long vacation in January, returning (often to non air-conditioned classrooms)just in time for the blistering heat of February and March. Granted, they get more time off in the middle of the year, but then it's winter.....|
No one, it seems, has ever come up with a solution to this very real problem for those south of the Equator.