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  •  The claim for increasing the school year (3+ / 0-)

    or going year round is that the research supposedly shows that the benefits of down time only hold true for middle class children and that poor children show losses over the summer.

    I have not looked at the research myself (the little reflective time I have is given over to more important things).  Have you?

    I had not questioned this claim before, but I am becoming more cynical by the minute about the people who are calling the tune these days.

    Light is seen through a small hole.

    by houyhnhnm on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 06:05:47 PM PST

    •  one needs to be careful (3+ / 0-)

      the difference is not year-round school - it is non-school enrichment activities available to middle class kids that are not available to poor kids.

      Thus the summer learning loss can be addressed not by extending formal learning classes, but with informal learning environments; not kids sitting in seats and reading books but doing projects, visiting museums, etc.

      All of which would be less necessary if we had not destroyed so much of what used to be available for free, starting with good public libraries.  Generations of poor kids in NYC, for example, had access to the resources of public libraries.

      If we address how we deprive so many of access to cultural capital outside of school, the problem would not be so severe.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 07:07:20 PM PST

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