To the editor of THE EAGLE:

Summer is the favorite time of year of many young people, offering them a respite from school and all its demands.

Unfortunately, it’s also the time of year when many boys and girls lose much of what they’ve learned in class. Research sponsored by the National Summer Learning Association indicates that most students lose nearly two months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Lower-income students are especially susceptible to the "summer-slide," also losing on average more than two months in reading achievement.

This summer, please consider offering the children in your life an opportunity to capitalize on, rather than squander their academic accomplishments. Encourage them to read at every opportunity. Read to them, read with them, listen to them read to you. Offer them alternatives to hours in front of the television and allow only moderate use of electronic devices.

These efforts will almost certainly help the students in your life retain much of what they have worked so hard to learn throughout the year.



The writer is principal of Hoosac Valley Middle & High School.