Look at the new Free Summer Slide Activities Program – Week 4. What did you like about last weeks activities? If you haven’t enrolled already, you still can do so in the form below.
This week we will explain the Faucet Theory.
The impact of summer vacation has been of interest beyond school practitioners. This subject has been explored by researchers for more than a century, and many companies make the summer slide a priority when creating editorial calendars, launching sales and contributing to field-wide discussions. In spite of all this attention, why does the summer slide continued year after year?
The Faucet TheoryAfter mapping out the summer slide and its impact on students, Quinn and Polikoff describe the “faucet theory” from the book “Summer Learning and Home Environment.” This theory provides a hypothesis as to why the summer slide hits lower-income children harder.
The “‘resource faucet’ is on for all students during the school year,” Quinn and Polikoff explain, “enabling all students to make learning gains. Over the summer, however, the flow of resources slows for students from disadvantaged backgrounds but not for students from advantaged backgrounds. Higher-income students tend to continue to have access to financial and human capital resources (such as parental education) over the summer, thereby facilitating learning.”
By recognizing that the summer slide is a problem and accepting the faucet theory as a plausible explanation, then the next step should be identifying reasonable and sustainable steps teachers and parents can take to combat the slide.
Next week we will focus on how to keep the Faucet running.
Please note that active communication with a parent or caretaker is as important as participating in these activities.
Microsoft STEM Saturdays – Parents, Students and Teachers can drop by their local Microsoft Store* to participate in learning experiences. Projects are designed for 11- to 14-year-old students but can easily be completed by younger students with parental support. You can access free lesson plans and activities here…