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Embrace Failure!

Erwin44 Wrote: May 30, 2013 10:45 AM
Look, school may be out for the teachers ... but these days they like to assign copious 'summer assignments' to the kids so everyone can keep slaving away all summer ... except our best role models, the teachers.
samplin Wrote: May 31, 2013 9:01 AM
Balderdash!
Many teachers are teaching summer school to the idiots who didn't pass the first time around to cover the bills. Others are attending graduate school to meet continuing ed requirements. Some spend the time catching up on major chores at home. Then yes,there are the slackers. Most professions have them and there are more in education today than there were half a century ago.

The biggest reason for summer reading and math packets is to keep the kids' brains from turning to mush. Three months away from "school," is too long for many students.