Should teachers assign homework over the summer?

Yes. It's important that students continue to learn over the summer. Homework allows them to retain what they've learned.
12% (241 votes)
Maybe. Light work, such as traditional summer reading is OK, but teachers should not assign lengthy or rigorous work.
30% (592 votes)
No. Summer is a time for students to take a break from academics. It is unfair to require students to complete homework.
55% (1089 votes)
None of the above. (Comment below.)
3% (54 votes)
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Anna (not verified)

Summer Homework

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I did my very first report in the 5th grade. My son did 5 reports in fifth grade. Now in 6th grade my son needs a scientific calculator, a calculator I didn't need until college. How did our generation ever manage to grow up and survive!!?? More and more pressure is put on our children today to learn more and faster. Now summer has to be taken away too? My son has no responsibility to his school during summer vacation. This homework is unfair and absurd. There are times when kids need to be just kids. Their emotional health is more important than homework.

Ann Johnson (not verified)

I am a teacher and a mom.

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I am a teacher and a mom. Summer homework is ridiculous. Teachers in general have become lazier and put more on the students to cover for their lack of teaching. I have seen wonderful new concepts such as peer editing. Teachers extol this as a great learning tool, but we know it really means the kids do the correcting so the teacher does not need to take it home and correct each one individually. Now a days, students just pass their assignments across the aisle and learning time is now used to correct each other's assignments, in other words doing the teacher's job. They give homework over the summer, but if you ask one to help with it you get the arrogant answer like the teacher above. Newsflash my fellow teachers: we are hired and paid to TEACH. Assigning summer assignments and telling them to figure it out themselves is not teaching. Assigning summer work and then disappearing to do whatever you have planned for your summer uninterrupted by your students is not teaching. You call it tutoring and demand to get paid when kids need your help in the summer. I say, students fight the lazy teachers. You have legal grounds. A teacher's contract does not include summer months. The number of days a student must attend is too much if you include summer. And that teacher does not officially become your teacher until that first day of class. Have you ever tried to get one of us to work just one extra day outside of our contract? We howl like babies and threaten to contact the Union!

Noka (not verified)

Too much Summer Homework

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I agree that kids do need something to exercise their minds during the summer but come on! I am 15 and going into 10th grade. My teachers expect me to read a book during the summer. Normally I wouldn't mind because i love reading, but I also have to do 5 character map, analyze 6 quotations per major character in the book and do a 2 page analysis and plot summary. Then, I have 60 math problems, most of them so hard I had to look on the internet for help. I also have to do a 3-5 page report on Mesopotamia and what we know based on prehistoric archaeologists, physical antropologists and cultural anthropologists. AND..... I have to memorize the ENTIRE periodic table of elements. There will be a test when we go back to ensure we have done our homework and we have to present our study method.

This is too much for us to do during the summer. Although we have about 2 months off, I spend time with my family and friends. I expect to go on VACATION....where I thought we were supposed to relax ourselves so we can go back to school stress-free. But this adds on to my stress, espeacially since im expecting to be graded on this. I don't see how stressing us out can help us do better during the school year.

Donna (not verified)

Summer Homework

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When I grew up in the 70's, we had real summer breaks. Some teachers would ask us to write what we did over the summer, but the break allowed us to recharge and try out new activities without the stress of being accountable for our time. I managed to graduate high school and get into an Ivy League college. I worked my butt off during the school year, so those breaks were very important to prevent burn out. That's what my sons are missing- true "down time". This summer my soon-to- be 11th grader has to read two novels, produce journals on each to analyze themes, complete a vocab workbook, write two essays on newspaper editorials, and complete a fat history packet. Stressing out BEFORE the school year is not healthy! Donna, Mom, Hollywood, FL

Erika (not verified)

Summer Homework Stressed

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I think that summer homework should not be lengthy that way my son has plenty of time to rest and enjoy other activities that he normally cannot do during the regular school year. Right now he has to read a novel, do 4 pages of analysis on the novel,read 5 poems,do a worksheet analysis of each poem,read an autobiography and do a 15 paragraph analysis on the autobiography. My son is a junior in public high school this year and is stressed before his year has even started. Wow!!! I think he would have a better attitude toward school in general if this was given when school started not during his summer vacation he wants to drop the class before it even starts. I know he will try to complete as much as possible but his summer vacation was cut short due to school starting earlier yet no modification was made on the workload? Figure That??? MOM

m (not verified)

I think you are being a bit harsh

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If you teach your students with this same tone, I'm sure you have classroom management problems. Everyone is allowed to make spelling mistakes. Most people don't edit the comments they post on the net. It's also naive to think that a 17 y.o. doesn't use profanity. Why can't she feel overwhelmed by the amount of homework that she's received. I say, acknowledge the child's feelings, then explain your point of view.

Cindy McAllister (not verified)

Summer Homework

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The issue of summer homework would disappear if we would schedule smaller breaks through out the year, instead of a 3 month break during the summer. This tradition is a leftover from the agrarian days. A break of 3 weeks wouldn't show the learning loss teachers complain about when students don't read for three solid months. We might even get closer to keeping up with the Japanese, who go to school 6 days a week, and go for 247 days a year.

When many get their first jobs outside of the academic environment, it comes as real bummer when WHAT? you mean I have to come to work in JULY????

Don't change homework; change the schedule.

Jaymee (not verified)

Well, first of all, maybe if

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Well, first of all, maybe if you had a better attitude about homework, you would be able to spell "ridiculous" and wouldn't feel the need to write with such vulgar language. Secondly, at 17 years old, I would hope that you have a little initiative and a few skills that you can apply to figure out your assignment by yourself, without your teacher holding your hand. Today's students expect to be spoon fed everything and don't want to work on anything that is "hard". Kudos to your teachers for having high standards and helping you to meet them. I hope you find a way to truly learn from your homework assignment and make it into a valuable experience that builds on your education and opens your eyes to new ways of viewing the world.
Sincerely,
A teacher

Anonymous (not verified)

I'm an absolutely voracious

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I'm an absolutely voracious reader. I imagine that my interest in the written word would have suffered had I spent too much of my time slogging through unnecessarily assigned literature in my youth, particularly classical literature. When young girls have to read classic lit saturated with outdated patriarchal constructs demeaning their worth, they suffer psychologically in ways that are very often not appropriately remedied. I think the same stands for boys, though the detrimental effects are more subtle. It's my opinion as a highly educated parent that children need plenty of flexibility and freedom during the summers. I say give the kids some Tolkien or Rowling and let them have at it, kid-style, preferably in a tree house. Meanwhile, teachers are welcome to keep their gargantuan egos out of our perfectly happy summer lives.

Anonymous (not verified)

"It is no wonder that they

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"It is no wonder that they resort to assigning things out of class-- they are trying to cover as much as possible!"

Not acceptable. Homework is a review of lessons already learned, not an opportunity for teachers to attempt to make students learn new material while utilizing parents as homeschoolers. There is something very wrong with the educational system when teachers cross that line.

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