Gail Skroback Hennessey's Blog
Joined: 15 Aug 2005
Is it Time for a New Calendar?
Imagine, knowing that your birthday would always fall on the same day each and every year. Would it be helpful if you knew that all holidays would also be celebrated on the same day? Our current calendar, called the Gregorian calendar, has been used for 450 years. Two professors at John Hopkins University think we need a new calendar. Their calendar would eliminate all leap years, which are added ever 4 years to keep our 365.2422 day year from getting our calendar out of sorts. With the Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar, named for the two professors who have developed it, there wold be two 30 day months followed by one 31 day month. Every five or six years, there would be an "extra week" at the end of December.The professors also would like to see an additional change, Universal Time. They suggest that all the world should be on the same time, Greenwich MeanTime, no matter WHERE you live.
Perhaps, your students might find this an interesting topic to discuss.
What do you think of such a calendar?
Can they see any problems with Universal Time?
What might they suggest be done with an "extra week" in the calendar? Etc.