Labor Day (the first Monday in September) usually marks the start of back-to-school sessions for most Americans, and most consider summer as coming to end with August. August is when many families or individuals on vacation are returning, and most children (not all) are looking forward to starting a new school year and anticipation weigh in on their emotions. Many students, for example, look forward to reuniting with old friends, forging new friendships, Up-ping a grade and more.
August: students, parents, teachers
In August, some children are browsing the internet for sale on office supplies and parents scour various sales papers for items to buy. Teachers are also returning to their classrooms. Seasoned teachers, then, are well aware of the challenges they will face throughout the school year; they nevertheless remain insightful to the noble contribution they are making to society by investing time and imparting knowledge even in time when some are not well behaved or lack motivation to learn.
The role teachers’ play in society is extremely important and often, they do not receive a thank you from anyone, not even their superiors; they, however, keep on teaching. Following are few questions:
- · What does it cost Americans for “Back-to-school”?
- · How many students returned to school in the 2011-2012?
- · What will the numbers be in 2013-2014?
America: 79 million children and adults returned to school
According to “U.S. Census.gov, School Enrollment — Social and Economic Characteristics of Students: October 2011, Table 1”, 79 million children and adults, from nursery to college, did enroll in schools across America and seventy-seven percent of those attending full time were children –ages 3-to-6 years old. “Tax free” weekend is also a big thing in August.
America: over $8.5 billion dollars put back into the economy
Consider, for example, that in 2012, the amount of money spent at family clothing stores amounted to $8.5 billion and sales at bookstores accounted for $2.0 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Monthly Retail Trade and Food Service. There is no mention here of shoe stores and others retail.
The bottom line is that going back to school is significant; it contributes greatly to the U.S. economy and particularly, the retail sector. Undoubtedly, everybody wins with Back-to-School activities. School year 2011, was good and 2012 even better, what will 2013-2014 be like?