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East Penn Board Member Would Favor Year-Round School

At Monday night’s meeting of the East Penn Board of School Directors, Director Alan Earnshaw says he would support a move to a year-round public school schedule.

On a night when the East Penn Board of School Directors voted to break the long-standing school district tradition of calling East Penn students back into the classroom after Labor Day, School Board Member Alan Earnshaw said he didn’t think the , with its Aug. 27 start, went far enough.

“It used to be the students needed to be out of school in the summer so they could help work on the farm and bring the crops in at harvest time,” Earnshaw said at Monday night’s East Penn School Board meeting, “but that only applies to a very limited number of our students who are working on family farms

“I personally would like to see us move to a more year-round schedule with two or three weeks off in the fall, two or three weeks off in the winter, and two or three weeks off in the spring. That way you wouldn’t have education evaporating during the summer months, as it does now.”

Earnshaw went on to list what he deems to be the many advantages of a year-round school schedule, including the opportunity for families to schedule vacation travel during off-peak times, saving money on air fare and hotels and not having to compete with the crowds in popular travel destinations.

“It would also nice to be able to go somewhere warmer when the weather is a little nastier here,” he said.

The only con Earnshaw acknowledged regarding a year-round public school schedule related to the impact it would have on the ability of older students to secure summer employment.

“There are students who do count on the summer time to earn money for college and with year-round school you wouldn’t have that,” he said. “This country is due to have a discussion on this topic. We need to bring what we are doing in line with what is done in other parts of the industrialized world.

“I don’t know that we will see that change in my lifetime or even in my grandchildren’s lifetime, but I certainly think it is something that needs to be done,” he said.

School board member Lynn Donches said she agrees with Earnshaw about the need to have conversation about a year-round school schedule.

The approved Monday night a 2012-2013 school district calendar with an Aug. 27, 2012 start date and an end date of June 10, 2013. The last day of school will be June 13, 2013 if the district uses all of its snow days next year.

LM Resident February 16, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Interesting thoughts (even though I lean toward yr round school at this point-but I am open to other changes that would make improvements) I am not pleased with the results coming out of public school. How do the schedules of 1950 and the results compare to today's schedules and results? My impression is that in 1950 you got a better education than you do now. More was expected of you as a young adult and you did what was expected. I don't see that now in teens and young adults. I went to public high school in the early 70's---lol--enough said. Hence, I sent my children to private school from K through college.
Jane Dough February 17, 2012 at 02:53 PM
There is that word. Progressive. Do you understand what Progressivism is? Its the idea that we should "progress" toward communism. All those mind numbing isms that we memorize in college are a farce. We are taught hair splitting differences between socialism, communism, feudalism and progressivism so we won't notice their similarities, which are vast. They all boil down to the same thing: government ownership of everything, no private property except your own skin. Kruschev knew they were the same when he said they'd feed us socialism until we had communism and didn't know how we got there. Europe is burning folks. Their birthrate is so low that they haven't been replacing themselves for years. They are overrun by Islam. There are places in every city in Europe where Europeans dare not go if they value their lives. There were 3000 honor crimes in England alone last year. They so little value the lives of the weakest citizens that thousands of elderly people died in a heat wave several years ago, because their families had gone on vacation and abandoned them. They've had a thirty hour work week for decades, and they are phenomenally unproductive. Their governments are going bankrupt, and austerity programs are bringing what little youth they have out into the streets to riot and burn their cities. They are over. They are imploding. And you want to copy them?
Jane Dough February 17, 2012 at 02:56 PM
http://www.democratsagainstunagenda21.com/videos.html We are not global citizens, nor should we be.
Jane Dough February 17, 2012 at 03:09 PM
LM Resident, my mother taught in a college up until her death just a few years ago. Not long before her death, she remarked that she had more credits when she graduated from Emmaus High School than did the kids graduating from the college where she taught, and that was despite classes like gym class being half credit courses. So you need to ask yourself, if Emmaus High School could get those results a half century ago, with bigger class sizes, more primitive equipment and only nine months of school, why can't they get those results now? Are your kids dumber than your grandparents were? Has the gene pool somehow shrunk? Are the teachers not as good as they were back then? Has something happened to the building? Or is there something wrong at the administrative level? Something wrong with the programs behind them? One big thing I can tell you has changed since then is the US Department of Education. It didn't exist in the fifties. The constitution mandates that education be under state control, not federal. The very existence of the US DOE is unconstitutional. Before it existed, Emmaus High School got very high results. What are they getting now? What recommendations are coming out of the USDOE that have changed the results? When Emmaus schools were under local control, you were in charge of the results your schools got. Who is in charge now?
Jane Dough February 17, 2012 at 03:17 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul6Eod0j8Q4&feature=channel You need to understand what these UN treaties are, and the effects they are already having on your children. Judges are already making decisions based on these treaties, even though they are not ratified. Public policy is already being shaped by them. You need to understand which countries are behind writing these treaties, and what world view has been behind them. This effects the education your child is getting, and the results you are getting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul6Eod0j8Q4&feature=channel These are not kooks behind these ideas. The lawyer behind the film above started a law school 15 years ago, whose graduates are outscoring Harvard. Ask questions before you follow like lemmings.

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