Thursday, July 02, 2009

School's out for the summer

Sorry for the light blogging. We're trying to enjoy what little summer we get here in Michigan and to soak it all in. The cloudy days of winter arrive all too quickly for us.

But not all parents appear as excited that schools out. Due to major funding cutbacks summer school has been closed for many kids, leaving parents to figure out what to do with them all day.
“We’re working with her at home, but its not the same,” said her father, Jose Marlasca. “She ends up watching TV. The best scenario would be to have her at school.”
So turn off the TV and tell her to go outside and play. It's not that hard really. Once she gets over the initial shock that there is more life outside the school yard than in it, she may never want to go back to school again. Perhaps that's why some parents and educators think the best scenario is to have them in school all year long.

In April, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said, ""Go ahead and boo me. I think schools should be open six, seven days a week, eleven, twelve months a year."

Better yet Mr. Duncan, why don't you just keep kids in school 24/7 and parents can simply check them out occasionally like a library book?

And while we're on the topic of summer and school, the summer issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is out and bursting with lots of great information and articles. There is also a special feature devoted to help those that are battling discouragement, my article is included. This issue came at just the right time for me and maybe for you too.

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