July 6: Learning for Life

There are many appealing aspects to summer vacations from school, but there may also be downsides.  Educators now believe that students lose their academic edge during long summer months when classes aren’t in session.  The problem is often more acute in lower-income homes.

“Unfortunately, far too many children leave the classroom for summer vacation, and also leave behind access to regular breakfast and lunch, educational materials, and technological tools,” writes Debbie Rambo, president of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston.  And more importantly, she adds, “students lose access to the mentors who motivate them to keep their minds sharp and develop as life-long learners.”

A relaxing break is wonderful and welcome, but parents should try to keep their children’s minds active as well.  So read a book with them, visit museums, plan a trip to a historical site.  This way, when the start of the school year rolls back around, their minds will be as sharp as when they left.

Teach them the good way in which they should walk. 

(2 Chronicles 6:27)

Inspire us, Holy Spirit, to prepare youngsters for a lifetime of learning and growing.

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