By Esther J. Cepeda
It’s mid-August and parents across the country are breathing a sigh of relief that their tours of duty as surrogate educators finally will end.
It’s a burden that many parents bear because they know that the only effective prevention against what’s commonly known as “summer learning loss” — the erosion of academic skills, particularly in reading and math, that happens when kids veg out all summer — is to keep kids actively engaged in mind-sharpening recreation. Yet it is mostly those parents who are middle-class or wealthy who can plow money into making this happen.
Cepeda is a columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group.