Behind the Headline: Summer Vacation is Evil

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Summer Vacation is Evil
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America loves summer vacation, but it’s “a disaster for poor children and their parents, creating massive avoidable inequities in life outcomes and seriously undereducating the population,” writes Matthew Yglesias. Summer learning loss contributes significantly to  achievement gaps in America’s schools; lengthening the school year could be the answer. In an article published in the Winter 2010 issue of Ed Next, Dave Marcotte and Ben Hansen reviewed the research on the impact of extending the school year on student achievement.

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  • Rhoda says:

    I am not quite sure if elongating the school year will make make the necessary difference because as a teacher, I have noticed that when kids are out of school even for a month, they always need some catching up. What could be done is a massive sensitization of parents on the importance of keeping kids engaged while schools are obliged to hand out lengthy summer projects. Schools can draw up a curriculum which entails a rigorous review of the years work in creative fields. The stats still show that students with higher achievement scores in top world ranking countries in education do take a considerable amount of vacation time.

  • Lu says:

    The issue is really a situation where parents need to increase their own education expectations. Books, libraries, field trips, interaction with their peers during the summer all facilitate the learning process…turn the heat up parents and put your child in the position where learning is the norm. I’m aware all of this isn’t available on a “tight income” but the internet/PBS programming/DVD’s/books are all things that can be attained fairly easily, and with a little effort can make learning fun and enlightening for both parent and child. Extending the school year? NO! Curriculum work provided by the school? NO! Take this on individually, and step back for the results. You’ll truly be amazed at what your child is interested in…and may find a new interest yourself.

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