In August, the French go on vacation, as reader Michael Anderson, myself and others have pointed out. But we’re starting school instead.
As a letter to the editor in Time magazine pointed out: “David Von Drehle’s cover story makes a case against summer vacation [Aug. 2]. But one might just as easily conclude that if summer ‘stealth learning’–in which kids are having fun and don’t even know they’re being educated–lasted all year long, children would do better than they do in the deadly dull test-prep factories that our schools have become.” Well said.
Here’s a video of sailboat camping at Lake Tahoe this week to squeeze out the remaining days of summer. There’s star gazing; nature walks; playing cards (including some creative rule making); and, yes, we brought a math book that was assigned for the summer. The crowds already have thinned.