Easter (egg) Break: Not it’s all cracked up to be

Aleasha Hintz—Staff Writer

For Christians, Easter is arguably the most important religious holiday on the calendar. 

The events of Easter give Christianity reason for its existence and the entire faith falls  without the resurrection. I have a hard time believing any Christian would argue otherwise.

Therefore, it’s reasonanble for Christian schools like Dordt University to schedule a few days off for the holiday. 

In 2020, the academic calendar canceled class on Good Friday and the Monday after Easter. But, of course, the pandemic intrerrupted the school year. 

As a sophomore, I’ve experienced two spring semesters: one with Easter Break and one without.

Through my clearly infinite wisdom and ethos, I would argue the break is not all it’s cracked up to be (pun intended), especially when Easter falls as late on the calendar as it did this year. 

Easter is an important part of Christian liturgy, and in an effort to preserve the holiday, the break may be doing more harm than good.

The temptation for students, myself included, is to spend the break like a second, shortened Spring Break. There is nothing inherently wrong with this, but it does hint at the fact that students are probably not using the break the way Dordt intended. 

The break, as per my understanding, was meant for students to use to travel home and spend the holiday reflecting with their families. Many students instead stayed on campus and used the break for the inevitable pile up of assignments that often takes place over breaks. That is, they used it for work, and they used it for play, crowding out the more liturgical reasons for the break.

I will be the first to admit I overextended myself over the break. I planned a nice trip home, wrote out all the things I wanted to catch up on, and still planned time for all of the usual Easter activities.

I can only speak for myself, but I will be the first to admit my break did not go according to plan. I spent most of my break just traveling from point A to point B. I missed church on Good Friday. And I ended the weekend feeling even more stressed than before the break. 

With only four weeks left in the term at the end of break, it makes me wonder if it was really necessary at all.

A few missing classes here and there is an easy-enough challenge to overcome. But this close to the end of the year it can cause pedagogical challenges for both students and professors, including the ever-relevant dispute over whether to assign homework over breaks as well as the interruption it brings to students who are trying to finish out the school year.

There is no doubt that breaks are usually beneficial to students, but in this specific case a weekend probably could have sufficed.

Besides, I do not think that we really need a four-day weekend to celebrate Easter, a holiday that realistically only spans three days.

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