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Summer camp disparities widen achievement gap
San Jose Mercury ^ | 07/28/2014 05 | Sharon Noguchi

Posted on 07/29/2014 6:07:41 AM PDT by artichokegrower

In the summer, some affluent kids shoot hoops at a $69 two-hour basketball session with the Harlem Globetrotters, ride Arabian horses for $525 a week or visit Costa Rica for a $3,500 two-week study of sea turtles.

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When I was a kid mom said here's a bat and a ball go outside and have fun. Later every summer I worked at a gas station. Never went to camp. Still haven't been to Costa Rica to look at the turtles. Somehow I have survived and become somewhat successful. Go figure.
1 posted on 07/29/2014 6:07:41 AM PDT by artichokegrower
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Well we must shut down these camps immediately. I mean after all how can we have camps that the hoodrats can't go to? It's unfair and racist. /s
2 posted on 07/29/2014 6:09:58 AM PDT by defconw (Both parties have clearly lost their minds!)
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Well we must shut down these camps immediately. I mean after all how can we have camps that the hoodrats can't go to? It's unfair and racist. /s

Why can't we give them vouchers to go to summer camp?

Oh. Right. The same reason we can't give them vouchers to attend private school.

It just wouldn't do to give them an opportunity to actually learn something.

3 posted on 07/29/2014 6:12:59 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: defconw

We give them free breakfast and lunch while school is in session so I guess we must provide free summer camp while school is out.


4 posted on 07/29/2014 6:13:01 AM PDT by artichokegrower
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"There's a huge learning loss," ..... particularly true of immigrant children who don't hear English

That's because madre and padre don't give a rat's patottie about becoming Americans.

Effem.

5 posted on 07/29/2014 6:14:50 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: artichokegrower
Last spring, Leon-Sanchez applied to a summer Stanford University program that appealed to his interest in medicine and would enhance his college resume. But his family couldn't afford the $3,000 price tag. So instead, the 16-year-old is doing a community-organizing internship

Great, just what the world needs, another community organizer. /s

6 posted on 07/29/2014 6:15:25 AM PDT by dfwgator
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Well we feed the SNAP card holders all summer as well.


7 posted on 07/29/2014 6:17:34 AM PDT by defconw (Both parties have clearly lost their minds!)
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4 Weeks
29%

Support It Or Lose It

8 posted on 07/29/2014 6:17:59 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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The stark contrast between the summer activities of the Bay Area's have and have-not children not only highlights ethnic and class differences but also distinguishes who is likely to succeed

What? You mean in the liberal paradise that is the Bay Area, there is a growing gap between the haves and the have-nots??? You mean that the "haves" get to go to exclusive summer camps that don't let poor inner city kids in on scholarship????? You mean that the rich limousine Libs who send their kids to these camps don't want their kids rubbing shoulders with the poor???

9 posted on 07/29/2014 6:18:41 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: BenLurkin
They act like this is a new problem! Doesn't anyone remember this class from 1980?? Meatballs - King of Sexual Awareness Week
10 posted on 07/29/2014 6:20:04 AM PDT by wareagle7295
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The Race Card is losing it’s cachet so we see the Class Envy Card being played more often.

Many kids spent their summers playing sandlot baseball and swimming in the local creek and didn’t even realize liberals considered them deprived.

Most went on to live well-adjusted, productive lives and didn’t spend their time hating the family across town that had a newer car.


11 posted on 07/29/2014 6:20:27 AM PDT by Iron Munro (IRONY)
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To: Texas Eagle
Well even with vouchers it would be to white. We would have to have Ghetto camps.

List of Activities: 1. The art of the Rap. 2. Drive by shooting 101. 3. Car Jacking by the numbers. 4. Urban Rioting Basics 5. How to get pregnant every time. 6. Defrauding the welfare office for dummies. 7. How to cut coke etc. 8. How to play the race card.

/s

12 posted on 07/29/2014 6:20:42 AM PDT by defconw (Both parties have clearly lost their minds!)
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To: artichokegrower

We had a stick and a soft rock,
and I am wondering about the rock...


13 posted on 07/29/2014 6:22:51 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: defconw
Well, ya got me there.

The coffee hadn't kicked all the way in.

14 posted on 07/29/2014 6:23:03 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Texas Eagle

That’s OK, I am in a mood today! I pity the fool that trips what’s left of my trigger today!


15 posted on 07/29/2014 6:28:39 AM PDT by defconw (Both parties have clearly lost their minds!)
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To: artichokegrower

The affluent in the Bay area are bigger segregationists than George Wallace.


16 posted on 07/29/2014 6:34:56 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: artichokegrower

My summer camp was to survive prolonged contact with larger, stronger, cousins and friends without being called a sissy or ostracized. Basically plain old survival. To survive contact with large, strong livestock and dangerous equipment. haha! I barely made it!


17 posted on 07/29/2014 6:37:13 AM PDT by olepap (Your old Pappy)
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To: dfwgator

He just might become president one day.


18 posted on 07/29/2014 6:50:20 AM PDT by goldi
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The gap doesn’t happen because rich kids go to camp and poor kids don’t. It’s because some kids do constructive stuff over the summer that promotes and consolidates learning, and other kids don’t.

You don’t have to go to summer camp to read a book, teach yourself a little bit of a new language, practice your math, write a story.


19 posted on 07/29/2014 7:17:33 AM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: artichokegrower

Summer camp? I did that once with the Scouts. Made
Eagle Scout in spite of only one swat at camp. Some
scouts did it every Summer. Big deal.


20 posted on 07/29/2014 7:23:56 AM PDT by Myrddin
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Never went to camp. Worked on the farm in the summers. Vacation was a family of 6 camping in the mountains in a canvas Sears tent.

I'm deprived. Who do I sue?

21 posted on 07/29/2014 7:38:58 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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I went to the Baptist church based summer camp when I was a child. I imagine it was pretty inexpensive, because I send my children to church-based summer camp for around 200 to 300 for the week. Also the church provides vouchers for those who can’t make it and a similar camp for children in foster care.


22 posted on 07/29/2014 7:39:00 AM PDT by sportutegrl (Christians -- fixing the problems that atheist liberals can only whine about.)
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To: Eagles6

“Never went to camp. Worked on the farm in the summers.”

Same here. My parents shipped me to my uncle’s farm in eastern NC where I worked the corn fields and harvested tobacco. A big thrill in late summer was going with him in late summer to the tobacco auctions in Wilson.


23 posted on 07/29/2014 7:50:34 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: sitetest

In that it is almost August we are going to have to hurry if we are going to offer those 100,000 or so unaccompanied minor illegal alien children down at our southern border an opportunity for summer camp this year.


24 posted on 07/29/2014 7:55:52 AM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: riverdawg

This time every year we were always getting ready to see if we’d get a second cutting on the hay fields, improving springs, fixing up the barns, sheds, tractors, etc. That was valuable, and summer camps are nice but can’t replace being required to solve the problems of daily life on your own.


25 posted on 07/29/2014 8:00:28 AM PDT by FateAmenableToChange
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They’ve uncovered a new crisis - summer camp inequality!


26 posted on 07/29/2014 9:08:43 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: riverdawg

I remember school passed out brochures in May to give to our parents. They were to send us to work on tobacco farms in CT as I recall.


27 posted on 07/29/2014 10:29:01 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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