As exciting this story may sound, it is incorrect and had nothing to do with kids sweating off labor hours in the farm all in the name of tilling the soil.
Before the civil war, school kids never took a break from school during summer.
The concept of summer vacation has always been a debated topic around the world, but is particularly contentious in the United States with older generations questioning the rationale behind such an ‘unnecessary’ break.
It’s safe to say however, that summer vacation, just like daylight savings time, is going to be around for a very long time.
There have been a lot of myths and oral tradition concerning the origin of summer vacation.
Some of these myths contend that summer vacation or summer holiday originated as a result of the school calendar originating from the Agrarian family calendar.
As this continued, legislators and labor union advocates argued for counterbalancing a more regulated summer holiday/break for school kids.
They were all agreed that the idea of learning year-round was not ideal for kids since the brain is a muscle which needed to be rested.
In the United States, summer break is approximately 2 to 3 months, with students typically finishing the school year between late-May and mid-June and starting the new year between early-August and early-September.
In Azerbaijan, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Greece, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Lebanon, Romania and Russia, the summer break is normally three months, compared to three to six weeks in Australia, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Germany.