Letter: Challenge of Summer Vacations

To the Editor:

Am I the only one who sees the connection between the July 30 op-ed “Not All Summer Vacations Are Created Equal” and your July 31 article “Vt. Economic Health in Question”?

Single parents in urban areas are not the only ones challenged by summer vacations. Families with two working parents who actually need to arrive by 8 or 9 and work until 5 are puzzled and frustrated by the many local camps with hours from 9 to 12, 1 to 4, 9 to 3 — all of which essentially exclude their children, even if they were affordable. The result is that the children who might benefit most from some of these opportunities — those whose parents don’t have the freedom to take them to classes after school, for example — are once again shut out. Grandparents can sometimes fill in for some of this, but surely there are better ways. How about if recreation departments that use town and school buildings for summer programs be required to provide services from 7:30 to 5:30? Wouldn’t that be fair?

Corlan Johnson



Column: Not All Summer Vacations Are Created Equal

Monday, July 29, 2013

There are few more cherished nostrums in American life than the importance of equal opportunities. Unfortunately, one of them is the importance of summer vacation. It’s a cheap way of doing something nice for teachers, but summer vacation is a disaster for poor children and their parents, creating massive avoidable inequities in life outcomes and seriously undereducating the population. The …

Vt. Economic Health in Question

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Montpelier — A new “genuine progress indicator” of Vermont’s well-being lagged the more traditional “gross state product” measure of economic activity by more than 40 percent in 2011, a panel of state lawmakers heard Tuesday from economic experts backing the new yardstick. Experts from the University of Vermont told the Legislature’s Government Accountability Committee that the genuine progress indicator should …