While nearly two-thirds of students from non-poor families visited an “art galleries, museums, or historical sites with family members during the summer,” only one-third of poor students did.
Just 15 percent of low-income families reported taking their kids to a play or concert over the summer, compared with a third of non-poor families.
There were also major gaps in students likelihood of attending summer camp: 39 percent of non-poor kids did, compared with just 7 percent of children from poor families.What aren't they missing?
A larger subset of poor families than non-poor families said they had their children work on math and writing activities every day...And one-third of kindergarten graduates of all income levels looked at or read books every day.(Note those are two articles covering the same study.)
I hope this summer the phone calls from the district are less about reading and math and more about free concerts, museums, and other events.
PS: Dan Gleason (Ayer-Shirley School Committee) notes one more thing poor kids miss in summer:
With lunch. Another thing missing over the summer for many poor kids.— Dan Gleason (@DAN_GLEASON) May 31, 2018