Politico: We’re About to Have the Longest Summer Vacation Ever. That’s Going to Be a Problem.
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Another fear I have is that incoming students from low-income or families living in poverty will find themselves unable to transition to prestigious four-year schools. I know that I benefitted from my education from one of these elite private schools, tapping into the alumni network and its network across the country. But I don’t believe I would have had the same access were I the same graduating senior, remaining at home rather than moving to live on campus my first year.
Watching the story unfold from both sides of the tracks, it’s obvious to me that we haven’t begun to reckon with how uniquely harsh the effects of the pandemic will be for economically disadvantaged students. Teachers have long noticed that breaks from school seem to affect rich and poor students vastly differently, with lower-income students starting from behind at the start of the school year—a pattern dubbed the “summer slide.”By Evan Mandery, Politico, May 17, 2020
This isn’t the first time we will see the outcome of the ‘summer slide.’ This is a historic problem. And with students from disadvantaged households and communities, any progress we’ve seen over the past few years may disappear for part of a generation.
The cumulative effect is devastating. In Outliers, the journalist Malcolm Gladwell wrote, “virtually all of the advantage that wealthy students have over poor students is the result of differences in the way privileged students learn when they are not in school.” As Gladwell put it: “America doesn’t have a school problem. It has a summer vacation problem.”By Evan Mandery, Politico, May 17, 2020
The author offers some ways that education can change to meet the needs of this and future generations of students who want to achieve a college degree. I have more to look into and consider before offering any of my own solutions. I hope that your institutions are looking into solutions for the fall and the immediate near future.
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