There’s no days like snow days

A teacher surrounded by snow offers a suggestion:

Here’s a thought on a trapped-inside day: when school is cancelled, why do we make it up? Shouldn’t it be “postponed?” When you cancel something it’s gone forever. So maybe the terminology needs to change. “School postponed until a later date when you can suffer an arduously painful day in sweltering humidity and heat.” Pick your poison.

Schools generally are not designed for comfort, though the three years I spent in class at the Brokaw Mansion in Summerville were arguably less painful than most.


  1. fillyjonk »

    11 February 2013 · 7:26 am

    Huh. When I was a kid, we had a certain number of “built-in” snow days that the district could “afford” to miss. So we didn’t have to continue on further into June, unless all the snow days and then some were used up. (I never remember that happening; I think they actually put in a week of “wiggle room.” But then again, there weren’t so many “teacher in-service” days back then). And no, we didn’t get out earlier in summer if we didn’t use up our snow days. (In the district where I currently live, apparently they DO give the kids the snow days “off” on successive Fridays in April, if the snow days aren’t used).

    At universities – which rarely close anyway – those days are just gone and it’s on the prof to adjust the schedule or cram the material that needs to be covered in at the end.

    At least grade schools are air conditioned now. I remember when that was not so.

  2. McGehee »

    11 February 2013 · 9:25 am

    At least grade schools are air conditioned now. I remember when that was not so.

    Heh. I was in grade school when Sacramento’s educrats and bright-idea imbeciles started talking about going to a year-round school schedule.

    It didn’t actually happen until years later, in part because I must not have been the only one to notice that most schools had no A/C and it would cost millions to retrofit them all anytime soon.

    Of course, education budgets got inflated beyond all reason while I was in college, so that may be why some districts were finally able to do it.

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