The Cure for Summer Brain Drain: Live a Little
By Tracy Grant
Published June 5, 2013, in The Washington Post
Breathe deeply. Hear the splash in the pool, the crunch of the cicadas underfoot. For a few sweet weeks, let the chaos of the school year recede; forget about schedules and stop rushing around.
You can almost do it, until the dreaded question pops up on the radio, in a newspaper or magazine, or as part of a discussion thread on the neighborhood e-mail list:
What are you doing to prevent summer brain drain?
Just the name conjures images of multiplication tables oozing out of your childâs ears and onto a sandy beach.
Brain drain â orÂ summer learning lossÂ as itâs sometimes less ominously referred to â is nothing new. Itâs the impetus behind year-round school and the reason many kids start their summer vacation with backpacks filled with math packets, summer reading lists and essay assignments. And itâs real.Â Read the full story.