But it's a thought-experiment that's well worth considering if we're ever going to bridge the poverty gap in academic achievement.
Simply put, the children of those who work year-round in jobs living paycheck to paycheck are many. Their ability to successfully compete in the knowledge economy may depend on how creative we can be to ensure their brains don't drain away during summer vacation.
Esther J. Cepeda is a columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.