|Scooped by Hannah C|
After having researched some steps to stop summer learning loss, I became more curious about specific effects of the "summer slide" and whether or not there are more viable solutions to this issue. I have learned that summer learning loss contributes greatly to the achievement gap, which broadens over time when some children surge ahead in academic development over the summer while others stay in the same place. I was particularly interested in smaller steps to stop this issue other than summer programs/summer school. This report recommends many different options to stop summer learning loss, including summer school, public library programs, books in the home, and voluntary summer reading programs. However, it also seems that there are complications with all of these proposed programs. I was particularly intrigued by the issue with public libraries: since public libraries in lower income neighborhoods tend to have lower funding and are usually the first to close with budget cuts, poorer children are at a huge disadvantage and do not have access to these public facilities that should be available to everyone. I would be interested in exploring whether or not there is anyone dealing with this issue, or if there are people/groups trying to advocate against budget cuts for public facilities such as libraries in lower-income neighborhoods.