Many people think that students have too many vacations. It even seems that in Spain they are longer than in the rest of the world. But, should we have less holidays? Is it that the reason why our academic results are so bad in comparison to the rest of Europe?
On the one hand, we have 175 (secondary) to 180 (primary) school days, whereas in Finland, one of the countries that gets better academic results,or the United Kingdom, they only have ten more days. In France or the USA, the number is the same. However, there are countries where the number is much higher such as Germany (220) or Japan (240).
On the other hand, I do think that, as a result of our climate and the underdeveloped infrastructures in our schools, we do not get a well-balanced calendar having too much time of recess in the summer because of high temperatures and very short periods of holidays during the course. Our students are very tired throughout the school year and tend to forget all they have learnt in summer time.
Some people think that our educational system has to be changed, I agree with that. Nevertheless, I do not think it necessary to get more school days, I think it would be enough if we could just get a proportioned calendar.
What do you think? Leave your comments!!