Saturday, June 16, 2012

Summer learning loss

I just saw this posting, about summer learning loss, in Edutopia and felt compelled to offer the following response, which I thought I would share with my followers:
I think the key regarding summer learning loss, as it is in most areas of life, is to accept the realities as they are. I wouldn't recommend "combating" summer learning loss. Rather, I recommend making plans based on the assumption that there will be some learning loss so you simply pick up where you think the student will be. It is really no different from my position on dealing with parents who seem problematic because they do not support homework the way in which teachers think they should. People are different. Parents take different attitudes about school. Once you accept that reality, you can go on and devise strategies based on what is real, not on the way you wish things would be. The necessary conclusion for that issue is to diminish reliance on homework and reduce penalties for work that may not get done.

Dr. Kenneth Goldberg is a clinical psychologist with 35 years of professional experience in dealing with many different psychological issues. He is the author of The Homework Trap: How to Save the Sanity of Parents, Students and Teachers and currently works in his own private practice.

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April said...

I totally agree, and that's actually how they handle it. No matter how much summer homework they may give, they still start every school year with a review and assessment period, so I don't understand why they continue to try to stress parents out with summer homework!
I wrote about this myself here:

chris liehmann said...

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