If an investment is expected to depreciate by 30 percent in its first year and experience compounding losses every year thereafter, it’s probably not a sound venture.
But that’s what happens with children’s education every summer.
While school is out, kids can lose up to two to three months of the skills they learned in the classroom that year.
“At the beginning of the school year, teachers need to spend the first five to six weeks reviewing material they saw the year before. We invest for nine months and then let those gains slip away. It’s a vicious cycle,” said Matthew Boulay, founder of the National Summer Learning Association.
While early learning depends on different moving parts, the association focuses solely on highlighting research and solutions to summer learning loss, often referred to as the “summer slide.”