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How The Lack Of Air Conditioning Created Summer Vacation

There are many different ideas about how the school calendar came about. Many tend to hypothesize that the summer and winter break your children receive came about due to needs of farmers during Americas agrarian period. This is mostly due to photos from that time period in history books depicting kids toiling away on family farms during the long, hot summer break between school years. So it's not too surprising that the origin of the school calendar is often linked to these images by both the media and policymakers. In a story about achievement gaps caused by summer vacation, many media outlets called the school calendar "a legacy of the farm economy." In addition to this, there are other reports that the school year was based on an "agrarian calendar that dates back to farm cycles and harvests." While these articles were written to advocate that kids spend more time in...

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