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Summer Vacation Is Almost Over. Do Students Still Need It?

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Does summer vacation make sense for students in 2019? Share your thoughts with "Vermont Edition."

Summer vacation is winding down and students will soon head back to school, but does a long summer holiday still make sense for students today?

Joining the discussion about how the summer break affects learning, achievement, independent reading and more are:

  • Michele Tine, education department chair and associate professor at Dartmouth College.
  • Stephen Hyde, a former middle school teacher and counselor who founded The Shader Croft School, a private nonprofit summer program to build literacy skills in income-eligible and special needs students.
  • Sam Maskell, Youth Services Librarian at the Rockingham Free Public Library in Bellows Fall.

Broadcast Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
Matt Smith worked for Vermont Public from 2017 to 2023 as managing editor and senior producer of Vermont Edition.
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