Summer start

To prevent the “summer slide,” some schools with disadvantaged students are opening a month early to provide academics and outdoor activities low-income parents can’t afford. Scores rise sigificantly for students who complete the voluntary program.

Much of the achievement gap separating low-income and middle-class children is a summer gap: Middle-class kids learn a lot more from their parents and from the enrichment activities their parents choose; poor kids do most of their learning at school or not at all.

About Joanne


  1. Endings and beginnings are an important part of a child’s school career.

    Right at three months are needed in order to provide the feeling that a school year has come to end. This is especially important if you are having a bad year. Three months for resting, reconnoitering, and resolving. Time to give yourself a better chance for breaking out of a rut.