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May 21st, 2012
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Are 'gap years' a good idea for students? Dr. Steve Perry weighs in

CNN education contributor Dr. Steve Perry isn’t a fan of gap years and believes that they only make it harder for students to go back to school.

“We’ve over diagnosed and over pampered this generation enough. I mean, for God’s sake, you want a gap, its called summer. Get over it,” says Perry on this morning’s Starting Point.

Perry believes that internships, studying abroad and taking a break between college and grad school are better options for students looking to engage other interests.

“In America, our persistence rates, our college matriculation rates actually have decreased over the past couple of years," Perry explains. "So, doing something like this only adds fuel to the fire for people to stay home.”

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