There are plenty of examples of summer school helping students who struggled during the school year. There are also numerous cases of S.S. providing enriching courses that challenge students. But how often does SS “beat down” the kid? So many of the students who go to SS really don’t like being in school. Forcing them to forfeit most of their summers for hour upon hour of being restricted to the classroom may make them even less connected to school. How about giving these kids a camp experience, or perhaps just time off to connect themselves to the outside world without institutional intervention? Any thoughts on this?
The summer has not officially begun; for many teachers and students it’s one of the few times during the year where they can breathe in fresh air and not be subject to the demands of school or some highly structured summer program. Think of the life that “Huck Finn” lived. It’s amazing what can happen when you’re able to let your creative juices flow and wake up in the morning with a primary goal of having fun. We’re still waiting for more schools to learn the value of that.