The happiest kids are in summer schools with this focus

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In the popular imagination, a childhood summer includes some combination of baseball, cookouts, road trips, pool parties, summer camp and maybe even a part-time job. It’s a beautiful image – but it’s also a dream.

The truth is this summer most kids will spend almost all of their time with what, statistically speaking, is their best friend: a screen.

On average, 13- to 18-year-olds spend nearly eight hours and 40 minutes on a screen every day. Without classrooms and teachers competing for their attention, it’s almost guaranteed that that number rises during summer vacation. In 21st century summers, it would seem children don’t need to be reminded to end the pickup baseball game and be home by dinner because they never left their house in the first place.

From New Hampshire to California, classically minded universities are taking high school summer camp to a transcendent level. (iStock)

Most are now aware that a screen-addicted summer (and life, for that matter) is a recipe for disaster. As Jonathan Haidt put it in his recent book “The Anxious Generation,” a phone-based childhood is at the root of a teenage mental health crisis of historic proportions. Parents and teachers can attest that screens are making kids agitated, isolated and unable to focus.

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But in dotted pockets across America, a growing number of young adults are bucking these trends and going where they can enjoy a

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