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Summer and school, for most people these are two words that go together as well as a dry lake, live recording, or holy war.
Why is school in the summer akin to a dirty word?
According to an article in Mental Floss
, the change happened around the 1900s when cities in the U.S. became such sweltering heat-boxes in the summer that families fled for the countryside, leaving schools half-empty. So, city schools started closing during the summer. Rural schools adopted the same schedule to keep the city kids from falling behind, and the summer vacation was born.
Summer school is nothing more than programs or lessons sponsored by a school during the summer. The purpose of summer school differs from the school and the student.
The Case For Summer School
While there is a perception among some parents and students that summer school is strictly for those students who failed a class during the regular school year or are low-achievers and at risk of falling behind, that is not true.
Yes, some schools require students to take makeup classes during the summer for these reasons, but many other schools offer summer programs to help students jump ahead in their academic studies or provide learning opportunities, such as foreign languages or performing arts, that they can’t provide during the regular school year. There are thousands of students who choose to go to school in the summer because they enjoy it.
Some studies say year-round schooling is better for students than taking an extended summer break.
Summer learning loss
or the “summer slide” results in students’ achievement scores declining by one month’s worth of school-year learning over the summer, according to The Brookings Institute, a nonprofit public policy organization in Washington, D.C.
There is a lot of work being done to help both parents and teachers realize that summer school isn’t a punishment but an essential component to long-term academic success.
A small percentage of schools, around four percent, have moved to a year-round or balanced school calendar.
A group called the National Association for Year-Round Education (NAYRE) was featured on CNBC
and said that students entering the high school using the traditional summer break calendar might be up to a year to a year and a half behind their counterparts who are on a balanced school calendar.
Of course, on a 90-degree day, spending the afternoon in the pool sounds a heck of a lot sweeter than in a school. But don’t knock it if you’ve never tried it. You might find out that what you learn in summer school is much more valuable to you than a day at the beach.
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