Thursday, March 24, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Our own Andy Pritikin is an American Camp Association Board Member has been one of the curators of this conference for the past 17 years, serving as the Program Chair, the Conference Chair, and currently the Professional Development Chair. This year, Andy Pritikin is leading SIX educational sessions for his colleagues to learn from. When you ask "what do you do the rest of the year", this is one of the big ones for Andy- and Jason, Brandi, Jill, Ellyn, Stu, Joe, Caitlin, Emmy, Chris, Justin, Casey, and Miss Michelle- all of whom plan on being in Atlantic City to energize us for the next 100 days leading up to the first day of Camp- Yipeeeee!!!!!
Look out for a quick blog next week on what we learned (and bought) for Summer 2011...
Friday, March 4, 2011
Waiting for Superman, the documentary that is sweeping across the nation, paints a grim picture of the American public school system. The documentary tells the story of 5 students, all of whom struggle to get a decent education from dysfunctional school systems.
Here are some of the startling statistics that the documentary brings to light:
- Out of 30 developed countries, students in the United States rank 21st in science and 25th in math testing.
- There are 2,000 “dropout factories” in our country. A dropout factory is defined as a high school in which at least 40% of students do not graduate.
- Every year, 1.2 million students exit high school without a diploma.
- 68% of 8th graders cannot read at grade level
As the documentary explains, it will take many Supermen to help fix the system, and Camps across the country can play a huge role. Researchers have identified a phenomenon known as Summer Learning Loss in which kids experience a significant loss in skills and knowledge during summer vacation. Too many kids across the country spend their summers floundering in front of their televisions and computers-when they could and should be enriching and expanding themselves. Social skills, character building, physical fitness and self-esteem are just some of the many positive things that happen at Camp. Here’s an excerpt from an article from the American Camping Association-
“According to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) and research conducted by Johns Hopkins sociology professor Karl Alexander, intentional summer programs, like camp, help stem summer learning loss – providing experiences that challenge children, develop talents, keep them engaged, and expand horizons.”
Summer Camps may not be Superman for all of the issues in education today, but Camp does have Super Powers than can help kids grow.
Waiting for Superman -- Official Website
Summer Learning Loss -- An Overview
American Camp Association -- Camp's Added Benefit-Summer Learning