Finally! Summer vacations have begun! All of you must be looking forward to spend time at some cool holiday destination, pools, beaches, grandparents’ homes or summer camp.
Do you ever wonder what would have been the history of SUMMER VACATIONS?
How and when the concept of SUMMER VACATIONS started?
The Amazing fact is that schools used to remain open year around 200 hundred years back. Urban schools used to have only one break per quarter. The 11-month school year provided immigrant families with a safe place to send their children while they worked. Moreover, rural schools had long breaks in the spring and fall season to allow their kids to help with planting and harvesting.
The term ‘summer vacation’ wasn’t even discovered or heard by anyone in that era. (However, education wasn’t mandatory at that time like it is today; so only about 25% of students attended their education all year.)
Then a time came when Horace Mann, the great education reformer got worried that over stimulating the minds of children could lead to stress, insanity and mental breakdowns. So in the year 1840, the summer break was created. This solution made students and teachers happy because they got a big break from studies. Moreover, it made doctors happy because they were concerned about children spreading disease while packed into sweltering classrooms.
We should say thanks to Horace Mann who initiated this idea of introducing ‘Summer Vacation’.
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