Apropos to our tip-of-the-hat yesterday to Brian Williams, here's the NBC anchor explaining the how the summer learning gap between middle- and low-income children develops over the course of their education.
It's important to realize that the gap starts even before kindergarten. Low-income children have less access to pre-school programs and early reading materials. Consequently, they start off at a disadvantage. Meanwhile, their more well-off peers start off several months ahead. And while both children tend to progress by the same amount over the course of the academic year, middle-income students will have more opportunities come summer (think camp, family trips, museum visits) to reinforce what they learned and continue their development. Low-income students, on the other hand, are more likely to regress without access to the same opportunities. By the end of 5th grade, the gap between students is an astounding 2.5 to 3 years.
Check out the video below: