Blog: The Educated Reporter

Why do college students need summer vacation?

Some of Lamar Alexander’s article in the October 20 issue of Newsweek didn’t work for me (primarily, his attempt to scare people by insisting health care reform will drive up college costs), but he raises a good point when he suggests colleges run a full program year-round. I got a lot done on my summers off from college—performed surgery on lab rats, did PR for a children’s theater, served Fribbles at Friendly’s, wrote mediocre metro stories for the Middletown Press.

But beyond the work opportunities, is there a good reason to pretty much shut college down over the summer? Have there been any stories about places reconsidering this?