Once again we are faced with summer vacation.
All the research shows that children lose learning when faced with six weeks of no learning during the summer.
In her GS4A blog Emily Wemmer writes, “. . . educator Zaretta Hammond in Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain (2015) would argue, low-income children are less likely than their more affluent peers to be taught a challenging curriculum based on the higher-order thinking skills that build and expand brain capacity. Children in poverty are often misguidedly “taught to the test” in an attempt to close the gap in standardized test scores between impoverished and affluent school districts. The unfortunate result, however, is that students in high-poverty districts receive a shallower education—the kind of education that is less likely to “stick,” and less likely to inspire a personal commitment to reading outside of the schoolhouse.”
What this researcher is saying is that we, as Americans, allow our government to deny our children an excellent education because of their parents socio-economic status. It is a known and accepted fact that our current system of education is not only standardizing but segregationist, separatist, discriminatory, and dehumanizing yet we allow it to remain as it is.
The answer to the problem of summer learning loss is simple, year-round school.
However, if the same inadequate system of education is offered to “impoverished” children during the summer as is delivered during the regular school year, then there will still be a disparity in learning between their children and ours.
The solution to the achievement gap is equally simple, eliminate it and create a system of education that is more concerned with the child than the earning power of their parents.
When we provide every child in America with a free and public, developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that is concentrated on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, respectful, actively engaged citizens, we will no longer view our children through financial lenses but see them as the wonderfully talented gifts of love they were created to be.
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