Kelsey Sheehy, US News, June 18, 2012
"To combat potential learning loss, schools should expand their summer school programs and students should dedicate a chunk of their summer vacation to hitting the books, the association says.
"But what about letting summer break be just that—a break?
"Summer should be a chance for students to recharge and families to reconnect, some parents and educators say.
""They've been doing this all year and they just need time to recharge their batteries and to refresh and relax," says Daniel Rothner, a former teacher and father of four who is now the founder and director of Areyvut, a nonprofit that helps Jewish youth develop social learning projects.
"The learning will happen organically while students are out enjoying their summer, Rothner says.
""Experiential learning is really where it's at," he notes. "You can learn something in math or science or geography, but it's very different from actually living it. Whether it's doing math at a baseball game ... or at the park.""