Summer used to symbolize freedom and fresh air, but for more and more children -- particularly poor children -- it's become synonymous with boredom and inactivity. A slew of studies and reports shows us that poor children suffer disproportionately from "summer learning loss" and are more likely to spend their summers in front of screens.
Many educators have proposed year-round school as the answer, but is it? Our CEO and Founder Darell Hammond asserts in the Huffington Post that the lack of free play -- particularly coupled with a lack of strong community -- is a problem that extends far beyond summer vacation, and into our school system as well. He says:
As I see it, the debate between summer vacation vs. year-round school glosses over the most important questions. Namely, how can we bring play back to our nation's schools? How can we strengthen our communities and improve our neighborhoods -- particularly in low-income areas -- so that parents feel comfortable letting their children outside? What can we do to save public programs and facilities that provide play opportunities to our kids?
Read the rest on the Huffington Post.