Should Children Have a Shorter Summer Vacation?

I recently read an article that talked about that possibility of a longer school year. The article went on to speak about the positives and negatives to potentially shortening summer vacation substantially. Advocates of this say that the benefit to a shorter summer break would be students retaining more information. Their argument is that the longer lapse of summer vacation causes students to move backwards in their education.

Many parents are also against this proposal saying that summer break is needed as a way to recharge their children’s batteries. They also argue that it would take away from all the quality time children get to spend outside in the summer. I certainly see good points on both sides of this argument, and there are more points than I included here.

Where do you stand on this issue? Do you want kids to have a shorter summer vacation or do you like things the way they are?