I had to laugh about Michael Berube’s column today on academics and summer guilt. He feels guilty that he takes time off to play golf in the summers. He also mentions that he gets 4 months off in the summer - not sure how he swings that. We go mid August through mid May.

Get over it, I say. He mentions the 60-hour workweek that I think a lot of academics (and teachers) keep. It is so intense at times that many of my colleagues, when asked what their plans are for a particular school break, answer with things like finally paint the living room or clean out the garage. There are dull but important jobs of human maintenance that my colleagues simply do not have time to do when classes are in session. So when summer break comes along, they need a break. For mental space, at least, in order to promote creative thought.

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