The Surprising Origins of Summer Break

Across the U.S., students and educators are beginning the traditional summer break — though “break” may be too generous a term for many educators who often work through the summers. But as temperatures rise across the country and many events and activities continue to reopen, you might wonder: Why does summer break exist? 

Let’s explore the history of the summer break and see how it really came to be. Hint: It has less to do with farming than you might think.

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