Money Means Students May Have Vastly Different Summer Experiences, Futures


The San Jose (CA) Mercury News (7/28, Noguchisnoguchi) examines “the stark contrast” between what affluent kids can do in the summer with what “have-not children” do, finding that money makes a difference and pointing out that “a 2013 Rand Corp. study found wealthier students often gain ground in the summer while low-income students fall back, and that this summer slide is cumulative.” In other words, according to the study, “It may be that efforts to close the achievement gap during the school year alone will be unsuccessful.” The report contrasts the experiences of students such as Christopher Leon-Sanchez of San Jose who “has never traveled out of state or even attended a summer camp” with “some affluent kids” who “shoot hoops at a $69 two-hour basketball session with the Harlem Globetrotters, ride Arabian horses for $525 a week or visit Costa Rica for a $3,500 two-week study of sea turtles.”