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For the past four summers, Karim Abouelnaga has been focused on one thing: stopping the loss of academic skills and knowledge that occurs during the summer months. Known in academic circles as “the summer achievement gap,” it affects elementary and middle school students in general, but low-income and minority students are especially at risk. By the fall, as Abouelnaga has learned, students can be as many as five months behind their peers if they haven’t been engaged during the summer: They not only fall behind during the vacation itself; they also spend the first couple of months of the new school year attempting to close the gap. Some of them never do.
Abouelnaga, 22, initially came across the problem while working on a class project at Cornell three years ago. His discovery of the issues eventually led him to co-found the renowned education program, Practice Makes Perfect (PMP).
The core tenet of the program (which runs from Monday-Friday 9am-4pm) is that students teach each other. Abouelnaga noticed early on that younger children are more receptive to teachers from their own neighborhoods or backgrounds. At PMP, it’s common to see a 10th grader teaching a fifth grader at his program. Abouelnaga has seen resounding success as a result; in 2013, the program earned special recognition at the Clinton Global Initiative University Conference.
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by Terrance Ross in The Atlantic
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