Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Case Against Summer Vacation

A recent edition of Time Magazine (July 22, 2010) featured an article entitled “The Case Against Summer Vacation” which highlighted studies revealing how much learning loss occurs in students over summer vacation. Here is an excerpt:
The problem of summer vacation, first documented in 1906, compounds year after year. What starts as a hiccup in a 6-year-old's education can be a crisis by the time that child reaches high school. After collecting a century's worth of academic studies, summer-learning expert Harris Cooper, now at Duke University, concluded that, on average, all students lose about a month of progress in math skills each summer, while low-income students slip as many as three months in reading comprehension, compared with middle-income students.
As we are nearing the end of the summer, I must confess to often observing this same effect spiritually on those who take a vacation from attending church. More often than not those who step away from the essential relational “one another” aspect of our faith in Jesus Christ not only stop growing spiritually but also begin to lose the depth they had gained throughout the year.

Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

1 comment:

  1. A different take on taking time off for summer...thanks, I needed to read this.