Ed Week has an article here describing the effort of school districts to change traditional summer remedial programs into more exciting offerings that combine academics with enrichment activities. Because of funding limitations, these districts are actively seeking partnerships with community resources, such as zoos and museums.
This is exciting. One only wonders why the whole school year can’t be a mixture of enrichment and academics. After all, the distinguishing feature of most academically advanced students is their exposure to enrichment activities through their homes. It is usually through parental involvement that high-achieving children learn a love of reading and learning.