Anthony Navetta Talks Summer Vacation

The other day I blogged about my Anthony Navetta Quora account (Anthony Navetta Answers Lecture Question on Quora) and today I would like to spotlight another question I answered recently.

This question asked whether or not summer vacation is outdated and after my many years of teaching, I know a thing or two about traveling during summer vacation. Here was my response:

I don’t think so. Even though many public schools are switching to a year-round schedule, the majority still have an extended summer vacation built into their schedule.

The notion of summer vacation being outdated seems to imply that it has always existed and is going away, when in fact summer vacation is a more recent phenomenon seen as a way to prevent children from being over-stressed and over-stimulated by spending too many days in school. Earlier in our nation’s history, kids in rural areas would go to school in the summer and have off in the spring and fall to help with planting and harvesting crops on the family farm.

Families still go on vacation during the summer but I think that their vacations are getting shorter. It is more difficult to ask off of work for a long stretch of time than it would have been 50 years ago, so vacations are shorter. Luckily, advances in transportation mean that families can do more today in less time so that they can still enjoy a trip on a reduced schedule.

To view my answer on Quora, or to add an answer of your own, follow this link: Anthony Navetta Summer Vacation Answer

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About anthonynavetta

A devoted U.S. traveler, Anthony Navetta most recently took his family to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, which honors the victims of the 1995 bombing. The symbolic outdoor memorial sits on the site of the former Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and provides 30,000 square feet of interactive learning materials that tell the stories of the of the terrorist attack. Anthony Navetta also enjoyed seeing the natural beauty of Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon, which he found awe-inspiring. When he traveled to Yellowstone National Park and Yosemite National Park, Anthony Navetta was thrilled to see that these sites maintained their beauty and contained wildlife that thrived. He particularly enjoyed Yosemite’s El Capitan rock formation, the Falls, and the camping ground Tuolumne Meadows. An avid runner, swimmer, biker, and member of the U.S. Triathlon and the Northwest Broward Roadrunners Club, Anthony Navetta attended the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1996. He vividly remembers watching Michael Johnson set the world record for the 200-meter dash. Anthony Navetta attended the event with family and friends and was happy to share his experience among loved ones. Anthony Navetta received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Fordham University, located in New York. He served as a Math Teacher at Loggers’ Run Middle School in Boca Raton, Florida, where he also coached the track team. Subsequently, he joined Don Estridge Middle School, acting as the Chairman of the Math Department and twice winning the Teacher of the Year Award. Anthony Navetta supports his professional pursuits by maintaining membership in various organizations, including the National Education Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
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