No lazy, hazy days of summer? The Summer vacation quandry in America.

I’m torn about this topic from TIME Magazine. On one hand, I have a hard time believing that four weeks more of school per year sets our country back in education. I think there are a lot of other reasons we are behind in education – over crowded schools, lack of parent involvement, not enough good teachers (and not enough quality pay for them), etc. On the other hand, they talk a lot about underprivileged children here – so is the case really about summer vacation? Or about taking better care of our country’s citizens? Making sure each child has opportunities and care both during the school year and the summer? Shouldn’t we focus on continuing education in other ways for all children over the summer – how can we get kids in camps? Enrichment programs? Learning in other ways all through the year but not stripping them of a perceived “break?”

No easy answers but an important topic to think about – and a good read.

Amplify’d from

Blame Tom Sawyer: Americans have a skewed view of childhood and summertime. We associate the school year with oppression and the summer months with liberty. School is regimen; summer is creativity. School is work and summer is play. But when American students are competing with children around the globe who may be spending four weeks longer in school each year, larking through summer is a luxury we can’t afford. What’s more, for many children — especially children of low-income families — summer is a season of boredom, inactivity and isolation.


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About Christine Perkett

I've spent my career coaching CEOs, CMOs, and COOs on how to best market and grow their companies, how to inspire and motivate their workforces, and how to manage in good times and in bad. I'm a serial entrepreneur who has founded three companies. I've received numerous accolades and awards including being named a “Top 100 Must Follow Marketing Mind” in Forbes, a 2020 Top 50 Social Media Influencer in Planable, a “Boston 50 on Fire” finalist, a “Top CEO to follow on Twitter,” a “Top 50 Social Media Influencer on Twitter” by Vocus (now Cision), and one of the 250 Most Influential Women Leaders by Richtopia since 2015. I've been featured in numerous outlets for my expertise including Associated Press, ABC, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and many more. I am also an adjunct Professor of Digital Marketing and Media at Northeastern University in Boston. I champion women in business and enjoy helping others make their dreams come true. Personally, I 'm a mom to four who loves dogs, the ocean, fashion, marathons, wine, humor and kindness.

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