While school ends this week for NYC public school students, learning should never end. Students – and their parents – should step up and prevent learning loss this summer.
The National Summer Learning Association reports that most students fall more than two months behind in math over the summer. And, mounting evidence shows that the summer break widens the achievement gaps between high- and low-income students.
My advice: turn summer learning loss into summer gain. How? Read, read, read. Make writing fun. Exercise and partake in sports this summer. Explore new neighborhoods. Experience the arts. And, designate days to unplug from TVs and the Internet.
Summer should be a time to live and to learn.
Executive Director, Breakthrough New York