Is Spring Break Necessary? The Answer Won't Surprise You At All

As Spring Break rapidly approaches, some of the more joyless voices in the media find themselves wondering why it still exists. After all, they reason, it's not as if we do anything productive with it. Most of us just laze around the house or go on vacation with our families, which according to respected columnists like this one doesn't serve any purpose at all. The assertions made by these people reinforce my belief that a higher than average percentage of social journalists weren't loved as children. 

It never ceases to amaze me how some people seem to regard any sort of break from the perpetual grind of student life as some sort of assault on productivity. Yes, Spring Break is a period of unproductive time that could be used to narrow the ever widening gap in test scores between us and our future Chinese overlords, but you know what advantage we will have over them? Infinitely fewer stress-induced heart attacks. I don't know about anyone else, but I need that one week of downtime between third and fourth quarter to rest, reflect, and not do schoolwork. Spring Break gives students an opportunity to alleviate the often crippling stress that accumulates over the course of third quarter, and to prepare for the stresses of fourth quarter and finals. Plus, it gives us an opportunity to catch up on the sleep our ludicrously busy schedules don't allow for. In a society that  encourages us to take pride in the number of activities and social commitments we can juggle without losing our minds, an occasional enforced rest period is essential. Without it, most of us would probably self-destruct spectacularly. So, I'm rather firmly in favor of Spring Break.

What do you think of Spring Break? Is it absolutely essential, or just unnecessary? Do you need that period of rest between third and fourth quarters too, or is it just me? Please comment, even if it's hate mail.

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Comment by Rosemary Agbeh on March 29, 2012 at 11:03am

Hey I'm Rosemary, from CCHS! I'm glad you posted this, because I too think that it is necessary to have spring break. The stress that builds up after winter break becomes to much, and without spring break students wouldn't have the opportunity to have a little downtime to regulate the school work load. Plus it gives us students something to look forward to. Basically we are in need of spring break simply for the benefit of us students, I know if spring break was eliminated from our school, a lot of students would be upset.  

Comment by shiori asada on April 2, 2012 at 5:45pm

It is necessary to have a spring break. Although some scholars would argue that students are wasting their precious time by blocking out school from their life for few weeks,  students  need at least a week  to rest after stressful weeks of school work. Most people's brains would not function without a spring break anyways.  Spring breaks are only for the benefits of students, but it really help the students to prepare themselves for the fourth quarter.

Comment by Matt Schmit on April 2, 2012 at 7:33pm
This is interesting because just last quarter I commented on a blog post asking if it was necessary to have such a long winter break before finals. But I do agree with you that spring break is essential to our busy student lives. We definitely need to catch up on our sleep. I for one definitely need more sleep. This spring break, I slept to 10 or 11 o clock every single day and I felt even more refreshed and I got more and more sleep. Our schedules definitely take a toll on us and we definitely need some downtime between quarters.
Comment by Claire Latourette on April 2, 2012 at 8:06pm

I definitely think it's its necessary to have a spring break! Students work so hard to maintain their grades as well as social and other activities, that we don't get much of a break. I agree with Matt, I for one always need more sleep. Having a week off gives people the opportunity to get focused again and not feel so stressed as they do during the ends of quarters. I can see how adults don't really find it necessary, but everyone needs time to catch up and relax at some point. Great blog!

Comment by Matt Papagiotopoulos on June 1, 2012 at 12:22am

Oh, Bramer, you sarcastic you. I do agree that we need a spring break. I have almost gone around the hallways punching random people with break. If i didn't have it, I probably would've locked all the doors to the school and created my own dictatorship or something. Hmmm, that's actually not a bad idea...

Comment by Jeemin Sim on January 6, 2013 at 3:40pm

I don't find spring break absolutely necessary nor unnecessary. But I would have to admit that I do like having spring breaks, just as a time to catch our breaths, and as you mentioned, start getting ready for finals. I agree with you on that I end up not doing anything productive at all, in terms of academics, but it's a nice time to just eat and sleep.

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