The Bloomberg View editorial board published this article:
The Case for Slashing Summer Vacation
The longer American students stay away from school, the further they fall behind.
In it they state,
“U.S. students spend about 180 days in school per year, with the vast majority receiving 10 to 12 weeks off in the summer. Regardless of their socioeconomic background, they’ll forget two months’ worth of math instruction from the previous year by the time they return to classes in September. Poorer students — who can’t afford summer enrichment classes and are less likely to have a parent at home during the day — also see their reading skills atrophy.
Those losses grow over time. A two-decade-long study of public-school students in Baltimore found that half of the achievement gap between high-income and disadvantaged ninth graders could be attributed to so-called “summer learning loss” during elementary school. Those lower-achieving students subsequently had higher high-school dropout rates, were less likely to go to college and had lower lifetime earnings.
. . . U.S. schools should strive for something in between. About 3,000 schools — some 3 percent of all public schools in the U.S. — have ditched the extended summer hiatus in favor of “year-round” calendars, which more closely resemble international school systems. Schools are typically in session for 45 to 60 days, followed by two-week breaks, during which teachers provide voluntary tutoring and enrichment sessions. Summer vacation lasts four to six weeks.
There are some drawbacks to year-round school: It can wreak havoc with family vacation plans, complicate child-care arrangements, and reduce professional development opportunities for teachers. (It could also disrupt the $18 billion summer camp industry.)”
In speaking of the education of children are the editors saying that family vacation plans, child-care arrangements, teacher PD, and the loss of revenue to the summer camp industry are more important?
Where are we in society when revenue loss and adult education are more important than the educational success of our children?
The focus of education must be on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents all children possess so that we can create a more humanistic society for everyone.
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