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Education Officials Want To Stop The Summer Slide In Learning

As many school years wind down this week, education officials are worried about the impact of the “summer slide, or the regression of students’ skills during their scholastic breaks. School summer vacations tend to leave U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan a little bit baffled.

“Students and teachers work so hard, get to a certain point in June, and too many come back in the fall further behind than when they left… That just simply makes no sense,” says Duncan.

Duncan chatted on WCPN’s daily call-in show “The Sound of Ideas” about how much of what students learn slips away during the long summer break.