John Hopkins Professor Doesn’t Like Updating Dates on Syllabus, Proposes to Overhaul Calendar

January 2nd, 2012

Sometimes I think that Professors–who have too much time on their hands–should leave well enough alone. LIke this Prof at John Hopkins:

Under the Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar (named after Henry and Steve Hanke, a Johns Hopkins economist who also advocates calendar overhaul), every date falls on the same day of the week — forever.

The calendar follows a pattern of two 30-day months followed by one 31-day month. That means the old rhyme, “30 days hath September, April, June and November,” would need to be revised to “31 days hath September, June, March and December.”

To account for extra time, Hanke and Henry drop leap years and instead create a “leap week” at the end of December every five or six years. This extra week, dubbed “Xtr,” would adjust for seasonal drift while keeping the 7-day cycle on track. . . .

For Henry, the new calendar is worth it because of how much time and effort goes into revising the calendar each year. He first got into the idea of calendar reform while having to yet again update lecture dates and syllabi for his students. He quickly discovered that there were calendar-reform advocates with suggestions on how to do away with that problem, he said.