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?