I think I would prefer the public school schedule, with the two separate weeks. When the school vacations are separated by a month, it’s like a relay race: you run really hard then you stop, then run really hard, then stop. It gives you a chance to catch your breath. Two weeks together is like running a full mile, all out, from holiday break, all the way through January and February, and halfway into March. If you’ve ever raced a mile on a track, you know what I’m talking about – all four laps are the same distance, but the last two laps seem like a much longer, more painful stretch until the finish.
Also, in my opinion, following the public school break schedule helps you to feel as though you’ll be in much better mental condition. If you work for a month, give or take, and then take a week off, you’ll be sharper mentally than going hard for a longer period of time. You know you’re going to be able to give your brain a break from classes and homework soon, and then you know you’re going to get another break soon, too.
But, what if you were to take an actual vacation – which would be better? I would prefer to stay in one place for two weeks than to split those weeks, because I just don’t like flying very much. I can do without the ear pressure and the thoughts of crashing. Also, I can do without TSA entirely. I know it’s an important job, but the lines? And all that stress?
And, let’s face it - it can be better financially, too. Which is cheaper: one two-way ticket, or two two-way tickets?
But, since we don’t get a choice I might as well just plow through the next couple of weeks, since I’m not planning to change to a public school anytime soon.