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The Case Against Summer Vacation

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July 22, 2010View for printing

When American students are competing with children around the globe who may be spending four weeks longer in school each year, larking through summer is a luxury we can't afford.

Blame Tom Sawyer: Americans have a skewed view of childhood and summertime. We associate the school year with oppression and the summer months with liberty. School is regimen; summer is creativity. School is work and summer is play.

What's more, for many children - especially children of low-income families - summer is a season of boredom, inactivity, and isolation.

By DAVID VON DREHLE

Full Story: http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/08599200565400

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I don't think that eliminating summer vacation will solve our learning problems in this country. The kids deserve a break. This is my take on this issue in 90 seconds:
http://preppedandpolished.com/school ... ood-or-bad/

Alexis Avila
Founder/President
Prepped & Polished
Tutoring, College Counseling, Test Prep
www.preppedandpolished.com






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