One of my summer '10 projects.
Schools left and right are ending the school year early. It kind of sucks, because it'll most likely happen again next year, and teachers and staff are getting a pay cut.
But it's kind of good at the same time. Longer summer. Ending school early. What's not to like?
There may be more behavior problems, and then again, there may be fewer. Students know the end is coming sooner than previously expected. Moral goes up. Teachers might be a little happier with the extra time off - much needed in many cases.
Which makes me more supportive of readjusting the traditional school year. Not many people in urban and suburban schools need to get to school at 7-freaking-AM, in order to finish at 1-super-early-PM, in order to get back to the farm's chores. Summer can be crammed full with summer school, camps, projects, etc that it blends in with the end and beginning of school. There's got to be a better way to schedule school, especially in this modern 24/7, season-less, constantly transitioning society.
Still, I like looking forward to months of do-nothings in warm, sunshiny weather. This summer is going to be awesome.