Ontario's summer school for all students reduces summer learning loss.
Johan Hallberg Campbell/Special to The Christian Science Monitor
Primed to perform, five middle school girls take their positions like dots on dice: four at each corner, the tallest in the center. In time to music, they carry invisible loads, push against air, wield imaginary shovels. Then the tall girl falls to the ground, while the others crouch around her. When the girl rises, arms raised in triumph, one of her classmates claps.
This work-in-progress explores the issue of child labor during drama/dance class at Dr. Marion Hilliard Senior Public School. This doesn't look like an English class, but the dancers' task is to select and impart information – through the same principles used when writing an essay – by relating a progression of ideas, and establishing a connection with the audience.
The class is part of a free, public summer program initiated this year by the Continuing Education Department (CED) of the Toronto District School Board.
Studies have shown that children from lower-income families disproportionately lose ground over the summer, putting them further behind as the school year resumes.