After a gruelling academic year, children look forward to the summer vacation for a break. But, their spirits may be dampened this season, for a new study has found that long school holidays are bad for kids.
A team at the Institute for Public Policy Research, a leading global thinktank, has claimed that many children lose their reading abilities and as a result fall behind in class because of the long summer break.
According to the institute researchers, summer breaks should be shortened so that children are not left unsupervised for six to eight weeks - in fact, "the school year could have five eight-week terms, with a two-week holiday between each".
"Some groups of young people spend more time than ever before unsupervised, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. A long summer holiday can be an impediment to children's learning, particularly for those kids from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
"Uneven term lengths make curriculum planning more dit^ficult for schools and the long autumn term can be tiring for students," says the study, which has based its report on a number of researches of schooling in Finland and Canada.