Unless you’re a teacher, the concept of the ‘summer slide’ may be foreign to you. It’s the phenomena that sees student learning and retention regress over the summer months when they’re not in school. It’s a real thing, and new studies suggest the slippage may be the equivalent to as much as a month of school-year learning.
It would be easy to chalk this up as a low priority item, but when we consider that we’re all paying for the investment in our kids through public education, it starts to feel like a loss we should look at retaining. Consider that a month of loss would equal about 11% of our annual investment in education — then add that up over a 12-year public education.
The article featured below from EdSurge offers ideas on how we can slow the descent; it’s worth a read for teachers and parents.