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Of all the magical powers wielded by Harry Potter, perhaps none has cast a stronger spell than his supposed ability to transform the reading habits of young people. In what has become near mythology about the wildly popular series by J. K. Rowling, many parents, teachers, librarians and booksellers have credited it with inspiring a generation of kids to read for pleasure in a world dominated by instant messaging and music downloads.
Why do kids need off so much time in the summer? Public schools instituted summer vacation in the early 20th century in response to reformers who thought that students were at risk for communicable disease and school administrators were increasingly using the summer months for vacations. Previously, schools were open year-round, but attendance was not compulsory.
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This just in from the Duh! Department:
New Hampshire's Department of Education wants to develop high schools in which learning is tailored to students' interests and teachers become mentors instead of lecturers. "If we do this right, why would any kid drop out of high school?" asked a state Board of Education member. Details here, but compare to this.