DailyDirt: School's Out For Summer...
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
The last days of school are coming up in the US (if they're not here already), and kids all over are getting ready for "no more pencils, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks." Summer school, summer camp or a few weeks of mental atrophy are ahead, so here are just a few links on the subject of not having school all year long.
- If the goal of public education is to just produce good students, then it makes sense to keep them in school for 11 months out of the year. But maybe if we want well-rounded young adults, summer camps or summer jobs are better for giving kids a break from school-learning. [url]
- The season opener of The Simpsons in 1992 was an episode called "Kamp Krusty" -- an instant classic about the last day of school that showed kids destroying their school with animated violence. It's all fun and games -- until life imitates art. [url]
- Decades of research show that kids forget a lot of the stuff they learn in school over the summer, and the losses can be cumulative. Summer school shouldn't be punitive and remedial, but it typically has that stigma. How do communities improve the reputation of summer school? [url]
- To discover more interesting education-related content, check out what's currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]