DailyDirt: School Is Out For Summer
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
It’s that time of year again: kids are about to go back to school in the US. (And for some of them, it’s a time to try to skim quickly through their assigned summer reading lists.) While some families still have time to squeeze in a real vacation, the debate over whether summer vacation should exist in the US educational system continues — are summer vacations a horrible anachronism that should be abolished? Here are just a few links on the topic of learning (or the lack thereof) over the summer months.
- Summer learning programs are getting more and more expensive — just like the rest of education-related fees and tuition. Do summer vacations create unequal opportunities for kids, and can year-round schooling solve some of the achievement gap problems in the US? [url]
- A study of year-round schooling actually found some negative effects on standardized test performance for disadvantaged students. So there’s no silver bullet that will solve our education problems? Dang. [url]
- A 2011 RAND study concluded that students typically lose about a month’s worth of learning over summer vacation — and the losses were particularly severe for low-income students. Reading skills for low-income students declined dramatically over summers, especially when compared to higher-income peers who sometimes showed reading improvements over the same period. [url]
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