Dear Lakewood Scoop. I, as a Mechanuch-turned businessman, would like to express a personal opinion which I feel should be addressed. It’s a question I’m pretty sure many parents like myself have. Why don’t boys schools, not necessarily Lakewood, have a break with a ‘short vacation time’? The break isn’t just for the children to rejuvenate, but for the Rebbeim as well. I can tell you from experience, teaching young boys day after day after day, can really take a toll on you. Unlike girls schools, there is no Sunday off, which gives teachers and students time to relax. (why they have off each Sunday is another question, but let’s stay focused).
Now for the boys point of view. They learn each day, after day after day, with homework and what not, don’t they deserve a break too? (Please don’t show this to your children, we don’t need them storming the principals office demanding off days!)
No, it’s not easy to be home with 6 kids at a shot, but I was, and still am, a big believer of giving children a little ‘breathing room’, even if it means a little sacrifice on my part by helping out. That does not mean boys should not have to be learning should they have off, but the same way we give them homework over Yom Tov, I believe children would be more than happy to do some learning during their few days off.
I found in my classroom days, and a general approach to chinuch, that when children had small breaks, even between subjects and classes, it gave them a fresh start to continue on. I believe the same is with a short vacation.