After working in the private sector (part time between teaching appointments) I have come to appreciate snow days even more. One day the boss calls off work. Its amazing. For the kids it is, undoubtedly, the best days of the year. Few of them use the time to catch up on the school work that sometimes grinds them down in their hyper-preparation for college. It is as if everyone goes into suspended animation.
The American personality is one of a workaholic- until these magic days. I've often wondered, if we can all call it quits every-once-in-awhile is it really necessary to move at the breakneck speed we usually assume? Are we all as important as we think we are? Our schools do little to keep kids from thinking that all work and no play is the national expectation. Or else why would we pay any attention to this study?