January 2nd is the Federal holiday for the real day that occurred on the previous day (Sunday.)

And so on Monday, banks are closed.  The Post Office is closed.  Government offices are closed.

Many (but not all) businesses close, too.

But not Broward Schools.

Mayo says in his Sun Sentinel article that it’s stupid.

Not at all.

What’s really stupid is closing schools for two weeks prior to New Year, one week during spring and ten weeks during the summer.

Things which many school systems around the rest of the world don’t do.

And they outperform American children when it comes to Math, Reading and Science.

With all the ballyhooed learning gains, what we’re struggling for is mediocrity in comparison to the rest of the world.

Make that 14th out of 34 in Reading, 25th in Math and 17th in Science.

25th in Math?  Is it any wonder why Congress can’t balance a budget.

Who beats us?

South Korea, Finland, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Estonia among others.

Yet here we are, with one media “pundit” complaining that students aren’t getting another day off.

Albert Einstein said it best:

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting the results to be different.”

No, opening schools on what would be the Federal New Year’s holiday won’t raise student performance one bit.

But old world thinking is what needs to be discarded.

And complaining about not giving kids another day off is old world thinking.

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