Too long a summer

4th August 2000 at 01:00
AS THE school holidays wear towards their end, it is a good time for parents (and possibly teachers, too) to ask when education authorities will do what has frequently been discussed - rearrange the pattern of the school year and reduce the absurdly long summer break.

Children would learn better if the existin terms were shortened. They do not need seven weeks at a stretch, nor do their parents seeking to keep them occupied. Teachers certainly need a substantial period off in the summer - but surely a month is enough if supplemented during the year.

Jennifer Simpson

East Claremont Street, Edinburgh


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