Long summer holidays are bad for children, especially the poor
from The Economist
The Economist reports on findings about summer learning loss, not just in America, but across the globe. This article touches on varying summer break systems in the United States, United Kingdom, Malawi, South Korea, Hungary, and more. These countries have summer holidays as long as three months to as short as three weeks.
The article focuses on three potential solutions for summer learning loss:
- extending school years;
- spreading holidays to other times of the year; and
- more state-provided summer-holiday activities.
We are now seeing funding on an international scope to prevent the summer slide. Governments are starting to realize the impact of summer learning loss and more researchers are exploring the topic. Read the article and hear from experts about their research in four continents including from the National Summer Learning Association’s own founder and CEO, Matthew Boulay.