While the majority of public schools throughout the country won’t be going back to school for another month, many Arizona schools were back to school on Monday, and Scottsdale Unified School District went back to school yesterday.
Scottsdale residents often wonder about this early start date. Many of us are not from Arizona originally, but grew up in other parts of the country where Labor Day Weekend traditionally marked the end of summer and the start of the school year.
In cooler parts of the country, the post-Labor Day start date was due to the harvest – parents refused to let their children go back to school before they had helped bring in the crops.
Due to the climate and type of growing that’s done in Arizona, end of summer harvest is not an issue.
In addition, Arizona students have extra breaks in their schedule during the school year, so the earlier start date helps to compensate for that.
Some argue that the shorter summer break is better for students because they retain more information. As a result more time can be spent on learning new material in the first weeks back to school than on reviewing old information.