I’ve been looking at high school then and now with my High School Halls series here on Deep-Fried Friday. Since it’s Thanksgiving week and students are almost all out for a holiday break, I thought I’d look at holidays today.
Also, since you’re on holiday, I decided to make this brief and just give y’all a quick reference chart.
|That Was Then||This Is Now||What’s Changed|
|Labor Day||Labor Day||Not much. Some schools start in August and get this holiday, and other schools don’t start until after Labor Day.|
|Columbus Day||Teacher In-service Day||Columbus goes from hero to plunderer in the history books, so we rename it. But teachers still need a break from students after only one month with them.|
|Thanksgiving Holidays||Thanksgiving Holidays||2 to 2½ days becomes 3 days to a full week. Preparing the turkey dinner or planning your Black Friday strategy takes time.|
|Christmas Holidays||Winter Break||Keeping the name neutral, most people still purchase trees and make Santa lists.|
|Martin Luther King Day||The man with a fabulous dream is recognized as a national civil rights hero.|
|Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthdays||Presidents’ Day||Perhaps the other 40+ presidents felt left out.|
|Spring Break||Spring Break||As far as I can tell, nothing’s changed here. Don’t mess with a good thing!|
|Good Friday||Spring Holiday||This holiday shifts around in March/April as it is set according to the Jewish calendar. It was originally a Catholic holiday commemorating the death of Jesus. Sunday is either the day Christ rose and/or the day the Bunny delivers chocolate.|
|Memorial Day||Memorial Day||A day to honor soldiers, whether they were World War II and Vietnam soldiers in my teens or casualties of more recent wars in Middle East now.|
|Summer Vacation||Summer Vacation||Except for those of you who are in year-round school, in which case this whole chart is wrong.|
My district also let out for three days in January for the livestock show and rodeo. I was tempted to list that, but I’m guessing few schools follow suit. Our school simply had too many students involved in FFA and FHA to hold classes. What did the rest of us non-rodeoers do during those three days? Why, we went to the livestock show, of course!
So what holidays did/does your school honor with a holiday break? Do you have any suggestions for changes to your school’s schedule? What holidays do you wish schools would acknowledge?