EDITORIAL: Snow days don't translate to less learning

2014-01-16T00:00:00Z EDITORIAL: Snow days don't translate to less learning nwitimes.com
January 16, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Students who missed school because of the dangerous winter weather last week might not have to make up those extra days. But they should be expected to learn all that is required of them in the shortened school calendar.

In Northwest Indiana, students, parents and educators can expect to get some extra days off in the winter, knowing they will have to make up those missed days later in the school year. However, this year is different.

Nearly every Northwest Indiana school was closed Monday through Wednesday last week because of the severe weather.

The Indiana Department of Education said the agency will grant waivers for schools that canceled classes two of those days. Districts have to apply for the waiver to receive it.

For the students, that means less time in the classroom. But it shouldn't mean slacking off.

Students are expected to emerge from high school prepared for college or a career. Getting to that point means making adequate progress each year. Knowledge builds upon knowledge.

So what happens to the lessons missed on the days students missed school? Ordinarily, those days would be made up later in the year, of course, so teachers must either cover more material than expected in the remaining days or assign more homework.

Sorry, kids, but you've got a lot to learn. And while you might not realize it now, this is for your own good.

And let's not make a habit of these waivers.

Students need to meet standards each year so they don't fall behind in subsequent years. Falling behind one year makes it all the harder to get caught up with their peers across the United States, not just within the school or within Indiana.

Like it or not, competition is here to stay, in the school as well as in the stadium and in the workplace.

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