Summer Homework

These days, lots of kids are given summer homework. In June, my co-author and I published an op-ed in The New York Times, No More Teachers, Lots of Books. It’s reprinted below with permission from The New York Times. Here are some of my favorite responses:

Summer Bummer
How one boy misspent his summer vacation

and an example of a high school in Easton, MA, where the principal lessened AP summer English homework after a student provided him with research on homework overload (Less Summer Homework for Some High School Students).

No More Teachers, Lots of Books
Op-Ed Contributor
Published: June 19, 2006
SCHOOL is letting out for the summer, the final bell signaling the precious, unadulterated joy that comes with months of freedom stretching out ahead. But for many students that feeling will never come. Instead, summer these days often means more textbook reading, papers, exams and projects. It’s called “vacation homework,” an oxymoron that overburdens our children and sends many back to school burnt out and sick of learning.

Last summer, for example, students at one charter school in the Bronx were assigned 10 book reports, a thick math packet, a report on China including a written essay and a handmade doll in authentic costume and a daily log of their activities and the weather. Their parents say they are hoping this summer will be different, but who knows what drudgery will be assigned now that they’ve finished second grade?

An anomaly? Hardly.

Fifth and sixth graders in a Golden, Colo., public middle school are required to keep a journal on a different math topic each week this summer, read three books and complete a written and artistic report on two of them.

And what about high schoolers — just a little light reading to ease teenage angst? One ninth grader we know was assigned a packet of materials on the Holocaust. Another must read a 656-page book on genocide, on top of three chapters of a science textbook followed by a 15-page take-home exam, prepare a 20-slide PowerPoint presentation and complete an English assignment involving three books and essays.

All parents want their children to be happy, healthy and competitive in a highly competitive world. But is year-round homework — or the nightly homework marathons during the school year, for that matter — the way to achieve it?

As adults know, a break from work is a necessary antidote for stress. We need what psychologists call “consolidation,” the time away from a problem when newly learned material is absorbed. Often we return from a break to discover that the pieces have fallen into place. Too many of our children today are denied that consolidation time. And when parents are told that their children’s skills will slip without summer homework, we have to wonder: if those skills are so fragile, what kind of education are they really getting?

In fact, there’s serious doubt about whether homework has any benefit at all. Most studies have found little or no correlation between homework and achievement (meaning grades and test scores) in elementary school or middle school. According to Harris Cooper of Duke University, the nation’s leading researcher on the subject, there is a clear correlation among high school students, but he warns that “overloading them with homework is not associated with higher grades.”

Yet very few teachers have ever taken a course on homework or know what the research shows, and many told us homework assignments are an “afterthought.”

Another claimed benefit of homework — instilling responsibility and self-discipline — is undermined when homework is so overwhelming that parents routinely have to help their children every step of the way.

In fact, most experts believe reading is the most important educational activity. Yet a poll released last week by Scholastic and Yankelovich found that the amount of time youngsters spend reading for fun declines sharply after age 8. The No. 1 reason given by parents: too much homework.

So, what’s a parent to do? While it might be too late to challenge this summer’s assignments, it’s not too early to gather like-minded parents and get a head start on changing next year’s policy. If your children just can’t bear taking that Holocaust folder on vacation, give them permission not to read it and promise you’ll take it up with teachers or school administrators in the fall. Encourage your children to read, play games, write stories and even experience a little boredom. It might just bring out their innate creativity.

In 2000, parents in Arlington, Va., banded together and took complaints about summer homework to the school board, spurring an overhaul of the district’s policy. More parents around the country should stop complaining to each other and let school officials know that they won’t stand by as large parts of our sons and daughters’ childhoods are stolen for no good reason. Our children will grow up happier and healthier — and perhaps even have time to read a good book.

98 Comments on “Summer Homework”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think that summer homework is very important as a teacher, I believe that homework during the summer will help the students remember better the material covered in the school year.

    May 31st, 2007 at 8:08 pm
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  2. alfred says:

    Well, homework on the summer holidays is prohibited because kids want to enjoy their holiday. There will be no homework in summer school.

    July 2nd, 2007 at 2:23 pm
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  3. Anonymous says:

    It is definitely not a bad idea to have a few books on the reading list, or a couple of chapters from a math or science textbook. This ensures that everything a child has learned during the year is not lost during the summer. However, I am against overloading a child with 15 book reports, projects, and even take-home exams.

    August 27th, 2007 at 3:25 pm
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  4. Anonymous says:

    It is definitely not a bad idea to have a few books on the reading list, or a couple of chapters from a math or science textbook. This ensures that everything a child has learned during the year is not lost during the summer. However, I am against overloading a child with 15 book reports, projects, and especially, exams!

    August 27th, 2007 at 3:26 pm
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  5. Anonymous says:

    Has any one had a High School APsummer assignment DUE-handed in to the school -before the school year even began? If so please let me know.

    August 28th, 2007 at 4:28 pm
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  6. Concerned Parent says:

    Dear Parents
    I am greatly sorrowed by families who let the school districts decide what is best for our children and our family life in our homes.Our children need to learn wisdom and values from their parents and they learn by the examples we set for them.And when the parents let the board of educations tell our families what we must insist their students do after school hours and what we must insist their students do during our families summer vacation And if we do not do as we are told to do by the school they will call us names like bad parents who do not care about our childs education. If the school systems only knew foolish they look to us parents. I sometimes feel threatend for a (second) by the bullying and then I remember Oh I guess the ones that were bullys in school themselves as children stuck around to try to bully the parents.This is heartbreaking to me because we do not have students in our home we have our child. Yet there are parents who insist that their children do the summer assignments.Because someone with a degree in teaching has given your child an assignment to do in your home because they believe they know what is best for there students. .And I am sure teachers do know what’s best for students in school to learn and they know how to teach them . But we have children in our homes not students and we are responsible to love them and teach them the proper values of setting obtainables goals in our lives and homes .Just as the schools set rules for students and parents and insist we follow there policies at there school and We parents also need to set rules and boundries for our home and not let any school system step over our home boundries where are children come first and our values of what is best for our children apply. My son’s school assigns pleasure reading program for summer and requirers a complete written report to be completed in the summer and returned when school starts. But I have never in 8 years now ever require him do the assignment and we consider the grade only a letter in the alphabet.My son is aware learning knowledge is very important to succeed in life .But knowledge without the use of wisdom and family values are useless. And our schools are only concerned with book knowledge that there students should learn not our child whom we are responsible to teach them family values.Or they will end up alone with only money and knowledge in there life.Thanks for listening

    September 20th, 2007 at 9:54 pm
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  7. Anonymous says:

    I feel summer homework is a violation of our children’s rights to family life, social activities and independent learning. I feel it is the schools infringing on home life and robbing a generation of their childhood. It robs them of valuable learning they could get from daily life and activities. Most children don’t know how to play board games or card games, and other valuable activities we had so much fun doing,
    which develop excellent logic, mathematical and life skill abilities.
    Those are the activities that made me pursue a math degree! They have no time to pursue multiple interests in music, art, dance, and sports as just one activity is all there is room for in their hectic school work schedules. We have robbed a generation of their childhood to make them academically smarter? Why? Social skills, problem solving, psychological intelligence and the ability to be competitive in a world market requires a lot more than AP classes can offer. My freshmen honors daughter is already dreading summer because of the homework. This is why our schools are losing students to homeschool programs where families can have a life with their children. If She chooses to have advanced classes she is required to do a lot of summer homework. If she chooses reg classses she has to be bored all school year and learn nothing. This is wrong. We, her parents are all educators and have had no time to supplement her knowledge, allow her to take summer gifted classes, or let her explore her talents in the arts because of the infringement of homework on all of her free time. We are seriously thinking of having her do at least half of her classes independent study or home school just so she can pursue her interests and have some family time. When can these children have a childhood? Why do parents let the schools do this? J in Ca

    February 12th, 2008 at 3:31 am
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  8. Sara Bennett says:

    I don’t know why parents let the schools do this. Parents…. It’s time for us to all stand up and say something.

    February 12th, 2008 at 2:08 pm
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  9. Concerned Teacher says:

    I’m a middle school teacher, and this summer I’d like to assign math summer homework. Of course it won’t be graded, but I certainly will encourage it. I’ve been a teacher for 20 years now, and I have 3 children of my own, ages 11, 13, and 15. My kids are always involved in at least one sport, year-round, from football to basketball to softball. I want to give you this background so there aren’t any doubts about my wishes to provide what’s best for my children, how important I feel about their education and their social and physical well beings.

    That said, I have junior high students (grades 6-8) who still cannot add and subtract simple math. They need a calculator to multiply by 2 and 100. Just yesterday, in after school tutoring, one girl added 145 + 45 = 180. I spent one-on-one time with a 6th grade boy [this was well past 4:00 pm when my tutoring time was supposed to end], he could not tell me what “half” of 50 was. I did everything I could do as an “experienced” math teacher to help him understand the concept of HALF. Turned out he could give me half of most SMALL even numbers, like 4 and 20. He couldn’t, for the life of him, give me 1/2 of 3. After providing him with equal strips of papers and he was able to tear one in half, I thought he’d gotten it. Then I asked him, “What is half of five?” He said, “One.”

    The answers he gave me for 1/2 of 50 ranged from 10 to 40. He knew 1/2 of something is 50%, but it took another 15 minutes, with constant help, to figure out that 1/4 of something is 25%.

    I have algebra students who couldn’t figure out how to find a perimeter of a square given its area.

    No summer homework? Parents demand, “Stop homework!” Parents say that childhood has been robbed by homework. One parent claims teachers and the board of education are bullies.

    This parent and teacher says YES to homework. But like everything else, summer or no summer, homework in moderation. What are my three teen kids doing right now, at 7:00 pm on a school night? One is at the batting cage with my husband, one is writing poetry on, and the oldest is watching YouTube. They are done with their homework.

    May 13th, 2008 at 9:52 pm
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  10. Anonymous says:

    Summer vacation is private family time. The school system has no business over-stepping it’s bounds and trying to mandate something on our family. My children do plenty of learning in the summer months. It’s the type of learning that doesn’t include paper and pen.

    I will not give my children summer homework.

    June 17th, 2008 at 6:26 pm
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  11. Anonymous says:

    My biggest problem with homework is that it’s not necessarily given to the students who need it. The teacher who mentioned the student who couldn’t tell her what half of 50 was is correct in stating that this student requires more help.

    However, this child has obviously not learned things he should have during the school year – not only on summer holidays. If this is an indication of where he’s at accademically, and assuming he’s not receiving tutoring during the break, chances are homework or not – he still will be no further ahead in his math come September.

    My children receiving summer homework are entering Grade 7 and Grade 9. They are Honors students. They get A’s all year long. They have English summer homework. My eldest has three English assignments. Three assigned reading books, with an essay, a journal & a ‘creative’ assignment (ie/powerpoint presentation) to be completed on the three books.

    He is already an accomplished reader. The first book – “Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie” he read in one night. I read it and checked his comprehension – no problems.

    The two of them will spend a lot of time this summer doing ‘homework’ in which they allready excell. They will go into school on Tuesday evenings to write AR tests on “approved AR” books. However, although AR books are good, so are the thousands and thousands of books that due to the simple fact that an AR test has yet to be written, are not approved ‘AR’, and thus, my sons will pass over.

    I sigh as I watch them choose ‘AR’ books at the library all year long. When summer comes, I would like them to go to the library & choose any book that appeals – not just ‘AR’. Alas however, there are those AR tests to be completed, so, even in the summer, it’s AR, AR, AR.

    My child has received the AR award at the end of each school year we’ve lived here. They attend awards night where they are recognized as top achieving students. Then they receive homework on subjects they already excell at, while struggling students who aren’t ‘Honors’ students receive none.

    Perhaps they wouldn’t be doing this well if they hadn’t received summer homework in the past you ask?

    Not so. We are not Americans. We are privilaged to live in your country (military) for three years on a posting. We have also lived in two other countries. In the other countries there was no summer homework. The boys did not forget things over the summer.

    I would prefer summer to be:

    A. Family time – with lots of homework during the regular school year, it doesn’t happen as often as I would like;

    B. Time to travel and let the children see more of the USA while we are here;

    C. Time for them to study subjects they, and we would like them to improve a little more in (ie/French – nice to learn here – mandatoy to know when we return home); and

    D. Time to unwind, and persue any interest they didn’t have time for in the school year.

    My observations on the American education system are that it focuses on the Honor’s students, with ‘make-work’ projects which will neither improve nor harm their performance come September, but which will hinder them from pursuing other interests over the summer break. At the same time the students who struggle the most receive no homework (at least where we live).

    Summer school? My all ‘A’ students are offered a place?? I’m confused. A child who was struggling terribly (I helped in his class) could not get a spot. I’m disgusted.

    Just a view from the ‘outside’. Final thought. I have met many hardworking teachers while here, but if your teachers were given the option to stop teaching to the SOL’s, perhaps they would have more time & freedom to help the children like the one who can’t tell what 1/2 of 50 is.

    June 27th, 2008 at 8:57 am
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  12. Brad C says:

    On Summer Homework, in my opinion, it is busy work – prevents you from enjoying your time but yet not accomplishing anything useful. What I remembered, walking out of school on the last day before Summer vacation, it was relief from the stress and a break for a few months. It was a time to pursue hobbies and other things that are interesting.

    One other thing I noticed, this hoopla on Summer Homework is mostly in the East Coast. Sounds like this is some Puritan carryover of the belief that idle hands are wicked. A lot of this attitude carries over into the corporate world where people don’t take their earned vacation but instead give it back to the company. In addition, those who take vacation willing and sometimes are mandated by company management to keep in contact while gone. So much for the idea of vacation, the base word is vacate, that is get away from work totally.

    I worked for a tyrannical manager where you not only had to get approval to take your vacation time but you had to get permission to leave town. He didn’t even like it if you took a week off much less two weeks. He took his time off of course and usually took two weeks off in the Summer but at the same time, got livid at you if you wanted to use your earned vacation time.

    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:24 pm
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  13. Anonymous says:

    i was given summer homework and i went abroad for a month and when i came back i lost one of the parts and when i came back to school my fisrt grade was a zero

    September 7th, 2008 at 1:33 pm
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  14. renzo says:

    This sounds quite crazy i live in finland and we dont have any kind of summer homework from elementary-junior high, Many people here who just like to study and arent that lazy do fine in school and can get the work etc they want…somehow i feel like the school is too hard there or they like to assignt pointless things.

    January 15th, 2009 at 3:10 pm
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  15. HomeworkBlues says:

    Renzo, I have long admired the Finnish school system. You don’t do standardized tests, teaching is an esteemed profession on the level of law and medicine and is appropriately compensated and Scandinavian schools tend to start introducing reading later. David Elkind talks about that quite a bit in his books.

    Admittedly, my daughter was an early reader. But Elkind writes that you should not formally teach your child to read in preschool unless they are breaking your door down, begging you to teach them. I’ve talked about gifted learners here before (my daughter is one of them) and Elkind favors acceleration for advanced learners. He asks, doesn’t that fly in the face of everything I’ve posited? No, he replies. The key is to teach children where they are, not to accelerate them unnecessarily.

    Since most children are not ready to begin reading in preschool, don’t teach them then. We know that right brained children don’t begin to read until they’re 8, at least. I know several homeschoolers who just allowed their child to progress at his own timetable and now that child is a voracious reader.

    Read endlessly to young children, yes, but don’t formally teach them the mechanics of reading until at least kindergarten. I have many friends who insisted on teaching their preschoolers to read, and years later those kids are no longer reading. They know how, they were all early readers, they just don’t want to.

    Studies have been done on Scandinavian schools, showing they introduce reading at age 7 and have the highest literacy rate in the world. What we do with kindergarteners here, vis a vis DIBELS and regularly timed tests to assess progress, thanks to No Child Left Behind, is anathema in Finland.

    Thanks for writing!

    January 15th, 2009 at 4:07 pm
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  16. Anonymous says:

    I think there should be no summer homework,summer is the time to have fun and enjoy yourself not do homework.There is enough of that during the school year.And reviewing-that is done in the begining of the school year anyway.There is so much reviewing it gets boring.

    April 30th, 2009 at 6:45 pm
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  17. Anonymous says:

    What is the point of Summer homework?. You’re moving into a new grade anyway…again what is the point. Even though I don’t live here, I think it’s time for America to take some pages out of Japan’s and Scandinavia’s books…

    May 2nd, 2009 at 8:46 pm
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  18. Anonymous says:

    I think this summer homework is not good for us children. I am in the 7th grade and i cannot have a relaxing summer vacation because of this. Yes, homework is important but if you make it summer homework, students will struggle with this, and since in 2009 this summer homework will be graded and we might fail if we don’t bring this in. Why should we doing homework during summer BREAK. We need summer break because we have to go to school for 10 months and we have very little breaks to rest ourselves. we only have 2 months to relax and this summer homework requires 1 month to be taken out of our break.

    August 31st, 2009 at 2:48 pm
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  19. Anonymous says:

    I still have to struggle with summer homework because i lost some pieces and do not want to fail since i have good grades. this will bring me stress now because of this homework

    August 31st, 2009 at 2:52 pm
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  20. Nickman 217 says:

    I had summer homework. We had to do a 5 math projects, 2 essays, and 1 stupid science project.

    February 11th, 2010 at 12:11 pm
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  21. Numbuh 274 KND says:


    February 11th, 2010 at 12:12 pm
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  22. K says:

    Concerned teacher:

    If what you are doing now isn’t working, what we don’t need is MORE OF IT.

    We need to adjust our curriculum to reflect the science defining how brains mature and how children learn.

    More worksheets and more passive learning does not equate to more education.

    February 11th, 2010 at 1:48 pm
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  23. Anonymous says:

    I believe (as a student) that if homework is assigned in moderation and ungraded be it summer or no homework can be entertaining and a useful distraction as it allows you to exercise your mental facilities. The ungraded aspects allows one to not fret over the homework all summer long if they lose it or leave it at home while on a trip.

    March 14th, 2010 at 4:42 pm
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  24. Anonymous says:

    Summer Homework IS BAD.

    March 23rd, 2010 at 8:16 am
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  25. Anonymous says:


    The elephant in the living room of this discussion is the duration of the summer. I say this with some unease as I am a teacher. The two month holiday was implemented to facilitate the harvest. How many of us farm today? I respect the right of districts which have farms to maintain this tradition but what about the rest of us? If teachers are worried about retention then let’s shorten the break. Most parents get woefully short holidays and have to pay for camps and daycare during the summer. Students would still have time to ‘consolidate’ if they had two weeks less in the summer. Malcom Gladwell, in his book Outliers makes a strong case for more time in school. The paradigm he touts is from Asia. Longer hours in the classroom and less time on vacation equates to greater success in math and science. The American schools he describes that have borrowed this model are thriving. It requires more study I think and I would take a more moderate approach compared to what Mr. Gladwell describes, but it bears consideration.
    If, however, governments are loath to pay the extra costs – several states have extended breaks in recent decades – then they could switch to a three month on, one month off system. Same number of school days but less time to forget the material.

    April 20th, 2010 at 5:30 am
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  26. Anonymous says:

    I hate summer homework.

    May 2nd, 2010 at 2:56 pm
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  27. thedon1994 says:


    May 14th, 2010 at 8:21 pm
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  28. MidcityTrash says:

    We are currently enrolled in a New Orleans area Catholic elementary school. Last summer, I allowed my “straight A” children to choose not to complete their summer homework assignments. Both were given zeroes on the assignments. In addition, a test was given on the material. One son scored a 98; the other a 100. After pulling the zeroes up to “A” averages by the end of the first nine week grading period, we were told we could not return for next school year.

    I can’t help feeling that this is a bit ridiculous.

    May 17th, 2010 at 11:30 am
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  29. gorio osha says:

    I am a eleven year old boy who very much disagrees with homework. me and my class are trying to get rid of it in our school and hope to get good results.

    May 19th, 2010 at 5:38 pm
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  30. Anonymous says:

    vacation: a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel; recess or holiday

    Work over vacation does not make sense and should be illegal!

    June 10th, 2010 at 1:07 pm
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  31. Anonymous Advanced Student says:

    I am an advanced student. All my life I have excelled in academics. However, I have a hatred of learning. Learning is nice, it gets you into college, helps you write reports, and bubble in answers on test. The only problem is-its a constant hassle. I have ALOT of homework to say the least. Even on whats supposed to be my VACATION. (I don’t know if school boards know the definition, they sure are happy to teach us more complex words though)
    I toil over my work for 10 months. I don’t even get to rest when I come home. The constant stress of homework, and the hours of work it takes follow me like my shadow, and send me running like a groundhog. Funny, though, how it even shows up on a cloudy day. My piles of homework can block the sun too.
    And, that glorious day when school lets out is never sweet. I leave my gigantic homework cloud at school, and trade it in for a smaller, but more pesky one. One that blocks the sun; the clear rays of sun and fresh air after being trapped in a prison stolen away by the constant threat of my looming AP packets.
    You adults when you take a vacation get to actually take one. You get to escape from it all. I guess you hide the actual definition from us kids, so we aren’t embittered by the fact we never get a vacation. Even those who work their tails off.

    June 15th, 2010 at 2:58 am
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  32. Dude says:

    Homework during the summer is the worst idea yet. Kids need TIME OFF for God sakes. Summer homework makes summer lose all its meaning, summer camps do to.

    June 28th, 2010 at 3:07 pm
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  33. tom says:

    “I think that summer homework is very important as a teacher, I believe that homework during the summer will help the students remember better the material covered in the school year.”
    —-What a joke, as a straight a student in high school I can personally tell you that it does not. Maybe one book over the summer and a short report on it is ok but three or four assignments is overkill. It is a waste of time and the burnt out stressed feeling from the end of school and having to deal with finals never goes away like it shoud during summer. Teachers may BELIEVE it helps but they don’t KNOW. Students do know. The main thing that really helped me in class was spending actual time in the class, with a teacher, and going over things.
    Time for summers is continually reduced anyway – i don’t know about other schools but my summer is down to about two months. We NEED the time off. Worrying about school all summer and making sure we do the assignments right is abosolutly terrible. One assignment i recieved was a 700 page book about the civil war era. We had to read it then do a report on it. I read a lot of books away from school and so my reading level is at a relatively high level. For this book i only read 25 pages each day because it would take me so long; about an hour, sometimes more. That is crazy. It was only one of my subjects as well, i had three other homework assignments of this size.

    June 30th, 2010 at 2:36 pm
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  34. tom says:

    “The elephant in the living room of this discussion is the duration of the summer.”
    Spliting up the summer or making it shorter is a bad idea, it a relaxation period, one ment for rest. If a student forgets things or cannot remeber them after a short refreshing period at the begging of school it is their fault. They probably cramed the material before tests and copied homework. Generally memory is not a factor.

    “Malcom Gladwell, in his book Outliers makes a strong case for more time in school. The paradigm he touts is from Asia. Longer hours in the classroom and less time on vacation equates to greater success in math and science.”

    Did he also happen to mention the increasing suicide rates at those long hour schools? Even the ones who haven’t commited suicde are under extreme stress. This is not what a kids life should be like.

    June 30th, 2010 at 2:53 pm
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  35. tom says:

    “I toil over my work for 10 months. I don’t even get to rest when I come home. The constant stress of homework, and the hours of work it takes follow me like my shadow, and send me running like a groundhog. Funny, though, how it even shows up on a cloudy day. My piles of homework can block the sun too.
    And, that glorious day when school lets out is never sweet. I leave my gigantic homework cloud at school, and trade it in for a smaller, but more pesky one. One that blocks the sun; the clear rays of sun and fresh air after being trapped in a prison stolen away by the constant threat of my looming AP packets.
    You adults when you take a vacation get to actually take one. You get to escape from it all. I guess you hide the actual definition from us kids, so we aren’t embittered by the fact we never get a vacation. Even those who work their tails off.”

    –This student puts the feeling of the cold grip of school nicely, there is almost no relief when school ends, just worry.

    June 30th, 2010 at 2:57 pm
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  36. Anonymous says:

    I really don’t mind if i have one book to read over the summer because that is understandable. However, now I am in high school and in all honors and I have an unbelievable amount of homework. For English I have four books and a 500 page book for social studies. Also for social studies i have questions for each chapter, a six page essay, and I have to make a huge map. I was not happy when I got that huge packet. If i don’t do it, they are all summative 0’s and I will have already failed the first quarter. I think it is excessive and unessessary.

    July 5th, 2010 at 6:31 pm
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  37. Anonymous says:

    i think teachers should not give summer homework at all. A book are 2 and a little summary would be alright but more then that will be too much. Summer vacation is suppose to be spent with your family and enjoy it without worrying about school work. Having homework during the summer vacation causes me quite a bit of stress

    July 16th, 2010 at 9:43 pm
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  38. Anonymous says:

    I hate summer assignments. I mean really..I can’t go with my family to hawaii during the summer because I have to watch my science project? WTF that’s not right. Especially since I work so hard during the school year that it takes me the entire summer to get over how burnt out school makes me. And I already know how to do science projects so how in the hel lis watching stupid flies replicate going to help me with Ap Envoirmental Science. Can’t I just watch that on youtube or something?

    July 21st, 2010 at 11:18 pm
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  39. Anonymous says:

    Memory my a**. Its not like the students will remember every single thing they learned when they graduate high school, so i’m sure they can afford to forget some topics for the sake of relaxation. Plus I am going to be a senior next year and I needed this summer to visit colleges…but no i’m stuck doing homework for my stupid Ap classes.

    July 21st, 2010 at 11:22 pm
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  40. Anonymous says:

    What is the point of summer homework? I mean, when my mom was my age, her summer homework was to tell what she did over the summer. Is summer break is really just an excuse for teachers to pound their useless(except for the only really useful classes, math, science, and english) “knowledge” into the skulls of students to further burn them down, or are the nations school systems really that flawed? I thought principals wanted students to be eager about learning, not so sick of school that they make the decision to altogether drop out due to lack of enthusiasm.

    July 31st, 2010 at 9:48 pm
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  41. Brandon says:

    I will soom be a freshman at a Catholic high school in Omaha, NE. This year I am in as many honors classes I am allowed to take. I got assigned a 368 page book to read for honors English. I just have to read it and the first two weeks cover the book. I think it’s ridiculous! I’ve been getting summer homework since 5th freaking grade! It’s so annoying! I used to be able to relax during summer and now I can’t! The thing is my parents, of all people, act like it’s perfectly fine for the school to deny my right of BEING A CHILD! I realize it’s wrong and have the goal to one day take the issue to the school board. Summer would be the perfect time to plan my “attack” but I can’t because they give us homework! I happen to suffer from bruxism, which is the unconscious act of grinding and clenching of teeth. It is almost always caused by stress, and I blame the schools fir giving me so much homework every waking moment that I literally have no time to ever relax! I may seem to be relaxing but the assignment is always looming in the back of my head. I routinely receive hours of homework that I don’t need. Yet the kids in non honors classes who constantly get C’s and below are receiving little to no homework. It’s been proven that homework every day I’d not needed for a student to be successful, let alone HOURS each DAY! Sadly our a-hole of a President (more like an a-hole of a government as a whole) doesn’t seem to realize we need a major overhaul of our education system to keep up with other countries. I am an honors student who has only gotten a grade below a Zb once, and I really don’t see why we get more work while the people struggling do not receive the work they need soo they can practice. And I’ll leave it at that, because I could go on forever about the bullshit that is summer homework, and homework overload in general.

    August 6th, 2010 at 9:37 pm
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  42. Anonymous says:

    I’m in the 8th grade and in gifted classes, and over the summer of 6th and 7th I was required to read 3 books and do a report on them and a mathbooklet of 340 problems on average. They didn’t help AT ALL. The only thing it did was stress out my entire summer and made me tense thinking about, “I don’t remember this!” or “I need to get home and do my math and reading” And as far as shorter summers, I went to year round school in elementary. (Every 9 week syou have a two week break and your summer is 1 1/2 months long.) I HATED it. It made my vacations so short, and the whole time all I could think about was how soon school was. Plus, when other schools got out it just made everyone feel like they could just stop trying. We have our whole life ahead of us to work all year and let stress age us quicker, how ’bout letting us enjoy a little bit of childhood, eh?(:

    August 9th, 2010 at 5:17 pm
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  43. Anonymous says:

    @Concerned Teacher

    I’m not sure what school you teach at, but I don’t know a single student like that other than students who are developmentally delayed. As a student who is in the “Gifted” program I get great marks and I know that students who aren’t in the gifted program get good marks as well. In my school you dont get homework in the summer, but my parents do leave me homework. In my eyes any homework in the summer is not very useful. Your summer vacation should be used to relax and not stress you out. The curriculum was designed so that if you study or do your homework in school you should be set for life.

    August 16th, 2010 at 5:31 pm
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  44. Rachael says:

    Summer homework is the enemy. Instead of hanging out with friends at the mall or going to birthday parties or enjoying bbqs, I have to attempt to finish the monstrous amount of homework assigned to me. I have AP Biology homework, which consists of 7 textbook chapter outlines, reading a 300 pg book and writing a comparision. Then AP World homework which consists of reading a 250pg book and writing an abstract journal about each chapter. Then I have to read a 150pg book for english. Then for science research, I have to research 20 science articles, summarize 10 of them, find 10 scientists you are interested in and then do a shitload of summaray sheets. This summer was spent agonizing over work, which it shouldn’t be. Its summer homework that makes high school students want to take easier classes so the workload would be minimum. Something definetaly needs to be done~!

    August 19th, 2010 at 2:11 pm
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  45. Anonymous says:

    I think just one book and a small report on it would be fine. But for my summer homework I got a 15 page math packet, must read three books, and a nother big packet for it. I HATE it!!!!!

    August 22nd, 2010 at 8:46 pm
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  46. PJ says:

    I think that students should be given some required reading during the summer at the most, but students should not be forced to answer numerous questions and write numerous essays. Summer should be a time of relaxation, not school work. Isn’t the whole point of summer vacation to have a vacation from school?

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:59 pm
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  47. Ken says:

    I speak as a Highschool Student. Though we do not have much work, it does annoy us and ruin our summers. I have seen numerous complaints on Facebook and from my fellow students. I do not mind reading a book and finding quotes that show different parts of a character, or maybe researching a fun project such as finding out more about a chinese character for the class. These are examples of my own work. However I do not think multi-chapter History assignments with multiple long questions that require even longer answers are necessary for us as students. It burns us out and just takes out of time we could be relaxing. That is what summer is for, for the most part.

    August 31st, 2010 at 9:19 pm
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  48. Anonymous says:

    I am a teacher and am appauld that my 9th grader and 10th grader not only have enormous amounts of summer homework but it counts for a large % of their 9 week grade. My son’s AP teacher counts it as 50% of the grade. Her job is easy, she assignes it, I harp and harp on my son to spend his whole summer working. She grades it in a class period and he is unmotivated to work due to the lack of respect she provides him! Then parents are expected to motivate and hold their students accountable.
    I wonder where the lack of motivation comes from? It’s hard to succeed when you are set up to fail!

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  49. Student says:

    homework sucks

    November 30th, 2010 at 4:30 pm
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  50. Student says:

    Homework is taking children away from there personal time. I see kids my age every day cheating off the smartest kid in class. Homework is a waste of time and trees

    November 30th, 2010 at 4:32 pm
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  51. Anonymous says:

    I reckon kids in the holidays should be hanging out with friends and not worrying about school work like i got given 5 different homeworks for all my different teachers and totally forgot so i had to do the home work on the last day of holiday and i was so stressed

    January 5th, 2011 at 6:35 am
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  52. Anonymous says:

    wow homework is sooooooooooooo stupid. i’m so glad that I don’t have any summer homework

    March 3rd, 2011 at 12:58 am
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  53. Anonymous says:

    I think that there should be alot less homework and it should be limited to two sheets of paper per class (excluding electives and clubs) and the paper should only contain one of each idea that is covered in class.

    March 22nd, 2011 at 4:59 pm
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  54. Anonymous says:

    Honor student or not…the general trend is to do summer homework at the last possible second. When kids aren’t cramming, which is the entire vacation, they are stressing. Either way, they are not being very productive, and nothing gets reinforced.

    As a student, I am conditioned to feel stressed. Even when I have nothing due, my brain triggers a sense of guilt for “not working”. This is not healthy, and this is certainly not helpful.

    The least thing we want is our children to feel “worn out” even before they begin the school year!

    April 26th, 2011 at 10:49 pm
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  55. Anonymous says:

    no because summer is when it a time to chillin and go on trip..

    May 12th, 2011 at 9:26 am
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  56. Frankg says:

    As adults know, a break from work is a necessary antidote for stress. We need what psychologists call “consolidation


    1. Students are not working
    2. Studies have shown regression over summer months
    3. No classes is enough of a break
    4. Kids do sports all year round why not academics!?

    From an AP chem teacher

    June 17th, 2011 at 5:39 pm
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  57. Anonymous says:

    what happened to spending your summers at summer camp?? When I was a kid it was 6 weeks of summer camp and I loved it.learned much more than if i stayed at home doing homework or nothing

    June 25th, 2011 at 8:20 pm
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  58. Anonymous says:

    Summer homework sucks! They expect us to read more over ten weeks than what we read in school ALL YEAR!!!! It’s absolutely ridiculous. I find that when I read a book that interests me I learn more from that than the numerous books that is forced upon us not only during the summer but during the year. The books we read should be interesting to us because that’s what will help us learn the most, especially during the summer. We go to school more than nine months in a year and forcing us to do more homework over our break is ridiculous. The teachers don’t have to write the assignments they give us and so we shouldn’t have to either. Ever since going into middle school I have not had a true vacation and I’m now going into 10th grade. I always get b+ and a’s on my report card in honors classes and I do sports year round. I tend to do more of them over the summer but I had to quit one this summer because this project was stressing me out. I still don’t see why I have more work over this summer than the kids that get c’s and d’s and get one book and no reports this summer. IT’S SOOOOOOO UNFAIR TO THE KIDS THAT ACTUALLY TRY IN SCHOOL. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM IS CORRUPT AND OUR PRESIDENT HASN’T DONE ANYTHING TO HELP IT. AND PEOPLE WONDER WHY AMERICA’S SO FAT. IT’S BECAUSE THE YOUTH IS TRAPPED INSIDE DOING HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS AND GETTING STRESSED OUT BY THEM!!!!! I ABSOLUTELY HATE SCHOOL EVEN THOUGH I’M GOOD AT IT BECAUSE IT ALWAYS MAKES ME STRESSED. I’VE HAD MANY A TIME WHERE I’M UP UNTILL 11 PM DOING HOMEWORK AND GET VERY LITTLE SLEEP. ALL THIS HOMEWORK KILLS ME AND IN HONESTY MOST OF IT DOESN’T EVEN HELP. I USUALLY GET WHAT WE LEARN AND DO NOT NEED THE HOMEWORK. WHAT KIDS NEED IS AN AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND OR SPECIAL HELP FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND. DO NOT KILL US ALL BECAUSE OF THE KIDS WHOM DO NOT UNDERSTAND. I HATE THE FUCKING SCHOOL SYSTEM AND ALL THEIR BULLSHIT. IT’S GOING TO TAKE SOME KID KILLING THEMSELVES OVER THIS FOR THE SCHOOLS TO FUCKING CHANGE THEIR WAYS. DO IT NOW BEFORE THEY MAKE THIS CHOICE YOU FUCKING RETARDS.

    July 8th, 2011 at 9:44 am
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  59. angered person says:

    To all the teachers that say their middle school aged student can’t do 1/2 of 50 that’s usually a reflection on the teacher not the student. If they can’t do that then the teacher before didn’t teach him that well enough and so it’s usually not the students fault. Piling on homework and problems is not the answer. Going back and reteaching the student is. He needs to be taught this. By giving him more homework all you are doing is stressing out the student and that never helps.

    July 8th, 2011 at 9:57 am
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  60. Julius says:

    We have no more important things to debate than summer homework?

    July 13th, 2011 at 11:52 pm
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  61. Anonymous says:

    to Julius:

    Well I’m sorry that you don’t know the stress that homework over our break brings us. So until your kids have this kind of summer homework and you are CONSTANTLY nagging at them and getting frustrated about yelling at your kids do us all a kind favor and SHUT THE FUCK UP! This is a fucking post about summer homework what do you expect to be up here, some comments about politics! You got to be a fucking idiot. You came to the wrong post dude so back the fuck out.

    July 16th, 2011 at 2:48 pm
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  62. Anonymous says:

    Summer homework is a in my opinion a bad idea. Seroiusly its not vacation if there is work invovled. We worked hard all year and we just ask for a break. What is healthier reading moby dick or swimming. Use common sense, we learn when its time to learn and we chill when its time to chill.So to all those teachers your adults you have to work. We don’t have to, its not our responsibility. So don’t give summer homework just because your jealous that you have to work. And for those people who say learning is good it is… during the school year. We need break so instead of going ughhh when school starts we’ll be ready to learn. copy and paste if u agree

    July 24th, 2011 at 11:11 pm
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  63. Anonymous says:

    Its called summer VACATION. VACATION. Not moving a pencil while its 80 degrees out sun is shining and you live by a lake and lookig out the window watching people tube, waterski, and wakeboard. screw summer homework and to the retard who came up with the idea. “ooohhh students wont know anything when school starts…” i think we would remember after 3/4 of a year we are bored out of our mind listening to teachers who think we really give a shit. FUCK YOU i think they should actually start thinking instead teaching things they read out of a book. thanks for taking away most my summer VACATION fucking retarrted teachers.

    July 28th, 2011 at 4:00 pm
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  64. Anonymous says:

    I kinda like summer homework. it keeps my mind sharp, gives me something to do and helps me look forward to the new year.

    So can everyone stop bitching?

    i mean honestly. if you don’t want AP summer homework, the don’t fucking take AP classes!

    As for the parents, i see where you’re coming from. Everyone wants family time. but if your child is efficient enough, then they shouldn’t have to spend their ENTIRE summer break doing homework. I had AP summer homework last year. one of the assignments was to create a time management log. I didn’t stick to it as best i could but it definitely helped to give yourself a “due date” for certain assignments.

    Consider this:
    -Your child will most likely need access to the internet for their assignment.

    Now ask yourself one thing: what is ON the internet?

    Answer? Facebook, YouTube, Google, Yahoo, Games and god knows what else!

    Final point: if your child is complaining about how they work all day long, all summer, then they aren’t telling you the whole truth are they?

    While i admit there are some assignments that require an immense amount of time, a SINGLE assignment, let alone multiple assignments shouldn’t take you TWO months to complete.

    If they do, Then i worry for you.
    You should get that checked out.

    Peace out sukkaaass!

    August 4th, 2011 at 11:22 am
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  65. Julia says:

    Yeah…summer homework is “great” and all…but seriously, the summer is OUR *the kids* relaxation time. Its what we’ve been working for for 10 MONTHS! And we don’t even get to enjoy it because we’re too busy working on essays and papers! I don’t see the teachers doing that! Reading is one thing, having it cause you to have anxiety over it AND having to write not one, not two, but 6 INDIVIDUAL ESSAYS on FOUR BOOKS is QUITE another issue. Summer homework should be BANNED! Then maybe students will actually branch out on their own and read and write things on their own. Sorry teachers, we like you, but not enough to have you come into our summers, sorry.

    August 5th, 2011 at 2:48 pm
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  66. Anonymous says:

    I hate summer reading…and people wonder why a) america’s fat and lazy and b) why kids hate school. While the answer to the first one is a variety of answers, one of these answers could quite possibly be that they are stuck inside the house doing reading assignments during the summer when they should be outside playing. To those who say that summer reading shouldn’t take more than two months to complete let me tell you that the work is growing while the summer is shortening. I haven’t had a real vacation all year. Every school-planned vacation (I.e. Winter break, etc..) I’ve had at least two assignments. Not to mention the fact that for English this year I have to read four books and write a dialogue, and then in history had to read arguably the most time consuming 248 page book ever ( the print was about this size, wide ruled, read 140 pages in 1 day but I spent 12 hours reading it nonstop because I was forced to) and take notes about specific themes in the book, all in about 8 weeks. All this while other kids only had to read one very well written book (the hunger games, a book that actually peaked my interest rather than this shit) and take no notes and will have absolutely no assignments on it whatsoever. Basically they got to do what people from an age long ago (not really) liked to call reading, while I bust my ass while trying to find time for sports and time with my friends. I actually had to stop doing a basketball class with my friends because I realized that if I had I would have never finished my summer reading. I also did some community service over the summer. This summer is regarded as one of the worst in my life. I haven’t gotten out as much as I would have liked to and I partially attribute that to my summer reading. But anyways back to my second point. Why would you like school if it basically controlled ever waking second of your life for 12 to 20 years of your life. Especially when in most cases the reading they force upon you in the summer of fifth grade (I kid thee not, that happens in my school system) will have no part in what they do when they graduate from high school or college. Plain in simple I don’t hate summer reading, I hate the enormous amounts of reading and homework they expect us to do in about 8 weeks that is supposed to be known as a vacation.

    September 2nd, 2011 at 3:46 pm
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  67. Anonymous says:

    I remember taking AP classes in the 90s. Often I would spend all afternoon (starting from about 3pm) until the wee hours of the night (1am, 2am, sometimes 3am…) doing homework for English, History, Physics, Calculus… I can’t imagine having homework in the summer after a year of that. Seems like overkill to me.

    January 16th, 2012 at 6:17 pm
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  68. mustara khatun says:

    Summer holiday homework is a barden on students as the other homeworks .

    May 21st, 2012 at 7:50 am
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  69. Matthew says:

    Homework over the summer should NOT required. It gives kids a LOT of stress. It’ll make their summer MORE boring. Summer is to take a break from school, not to keep on doing school.

    May 29th, 2012 at 3:33 pm
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  70. Jonathan Bull says:

    My daughter is presently studying in the 8th grade and the school is in the process of applying to become an IB school. Does IB prescribe summer vacation homework.

    June 12th, 2012 at 9:54 am
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  71. Anonymous says:

    Sure, give us summer homework. But why so much? I have to read 3 books (I don’t even like) and do book reports and an exam on all of them. Give us our time for a break! Or at least assign us a book that is at least a little bit interesting. What happend to summer vacation? I like school and I don’t mind getting homework during the year. But summer homework? C’mon! It’s just a waste of our time and the worlds trees.

    July 3rd, 2012 at 9:11 am
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  72. Anonymous says:

    summer homework should be against the law because teachers are stealing our brake when i have children of my own i will tell them not to do summer homework summer should be a free time for kids to unwind

    July 3rd, 2012 at 12:28 pm
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  73. Done with homework says:

    I think summer homework is extremely ridiculous. I can’t even stand using the two in the same sentence. Summer IS NOT meant as a time to give more textbooks to us. After finals, out brains are so fried.
    I’m a straight A student, in hard high ranking schools, and have been for the past 4 years. Thankfully, I can see through the crap. I finished a dumb 13 page essay and 2 awful books the first week of summer so I could actually enjoy myself.
    Sadly, us students try to care for our assignments and it just doesn’t work. Honestly, these students don’t care. xD
    If only my teachers knew what I really thought of the crap they try to shove at us. (And to think my “counselors” were trying to shove more AP classes at me too! Yeah right LOL!)
    SOOOO much more to life than this short term homework. Plus, all this weighted crap, THERE ARE WEIGHTED AND UNWEIGHTED GPAs. People can tell when stuff is inflated, Lol.

    July 7th, 2012 at 7:08 pm
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  74. Anonymous says:

    It seems to me that we are living in a hedonistic age where children are addicted to pleasure and expect to be having it all the time. I agree that summer homework can be a pain, however children that do no homework or reading over the summer holiday often come back to school in September at a lower level than they were when the holidays began. The brain needs regular stimulation in order to grow. It seems to me that there are a lot of lazy parents and children who can’t be bothered to stimulate their brains and just want to sit back for 6-8 weeks doing nothing or only what they want. Many are trying to make out that they have to spend their whole holidays working. If this is the case then you really are slow. Sort yourselves out and stop complaining. Additionally, as a teacher you want children to have that natural curiousity to want to learn for themselves. If it was up to the children they would do nothing all holiday and spend much of their time in front of their games consels and televsions. It would be nice to see parents take responsibility for their children’s learning as well but so many are inept morans who have no idea and then post their complaints to websites because they have to moan at their children to do their work. Instill discipline and good working ethics from an early age then you’ll avoid this problem.

    July 11th, 2012 at 4:24 am
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  75. HomeworkBlues says:

    #74, above, writes: “I agree that summer homework can be a pain, however children that do no homework or reading over the summer holiday often come back to school in September at a lower level than they were when the holidays began.”

    Why do you automatically conclude that summer without homework equals a summer without reading? In fact, busy summer homework gets in the way of deep involved voluminous reading. Surely you know this!

    Allow me to present a typical snapshot of one 3-day week in the summer. Let’s pick a year out of the hat. Let’s get that time turner and just go back to age 9, for example. Here’s how that week would have gone. It’s a week when we’re home, and yes, we have a shoestring budget so you’re not going to hear about expensive piano and ice skating lessons. It’s just the child, the parents and the immediate world:

    Monday: Library where she takes out 25 books. She’s deep in one even before the car pulls into the parking spot. Math puzzles. Working on her k’nex creation. Geometry problems over lunch. Friend comes over for dinner and the two girls work on their novel together. Sleepover that includes tons of reading and playing.

    Tuesday: Day trip to Air and Space Museum. Three hours of late afternoon reading. Sunset family walk after dinner where we discuss the book she’s reading.

    Wednesday: Free noontime lecture at The Library of Congress. Long walk in Washington where we talk about cardinal directions and learn math while mastering the city street grids. Afternoon at the National Gallery of Art. Dinner in Chinatown where we discuss Asian history.

    Thursday: Day hike in a national park where we also learn about flora and fauna. Bedtime reading before exhausted child collapses into sleep.

    Friday: Five hours of free reading (classical literature). Walk in the park with parents. Two hours of drawing followed by more reading.

    I’ll stop there. The important thing here is that all these activities are not prescribed. They are simply events that happen because we have raised our daughter in an environment where learning is loved and revered. We are not rich. We do this on a shoestring budget, taking advantage of free museums, outdoor classical concerts, lectures and field trips.

    If we are guilty of creating a pleasurable learning environment, I stand guilty as charged. You’ll counter that most families don’t do this. You are probably wrong. And even if, for the sake of argument, you were right, so what? What gives the school the right to legislate our free time because of suspicions that no child would do a single productive thing unless ordered to do so by the schools!

    When I send my child to school, I expect that my tax dollars will pay for her education. When she is at home, my husband and I continue that education. But now it’s on our time and there is no one better to tailor a learning experience to the unique needs of our child than we. Life is short. We should not have to beg to create that enriching experience. My home, my child, my rules.

    July 11th, 2012 at 3:23 pm
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  76. HomeworkBlues says:

    Correction: Five day week.

    July 11th, 2012 at 3:24 pm
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  77. HomeworkBlues says:

    “The brain needs regular stimulation in order to grow. It seems to me that there are a lot of lazy parents and children who can’t be bothered to stimulate their brains and just want to sit back for 6-8 weeks doing nothing or only what they want.”

    I used to comment a lot here so if you go back, you’ll see a great deal of my writings. Which lazy parents exactly are you addressing here? I’m not going to expect you to read everything we’ve written here. But if the regulars talk about creating an enriching environment at home, yearning to spend far more time with their children, stressed over homework overload and what it does to their child’s imagination, motivation and creativity, how on earth do you conclude that we are all lazy? I can’t imagine wanting to kick back for 8 weeks and do absolutely nothing to stimulate my child’s brain!

    If you’ve read what I’ve written, all the things we did with our child, how I homeschooled for one year, and you still conclude that the likes of me are lazy and just want our children to vegetate, then we are truly going in circles. What more can I say to convince you otherwise?

    On related posts, there is a newcomer here I respect because she (I think she’s a she) has produced thoughtful comments. I don’t agree with much of it, though. She posits that teachers know best and if they routinely assign tons of homework, it’s for the child’s own good. After all, they are professionals so we just cede to them and assume they know what they’re doing. Lofty aspirations. I wouldn’t want to burst that bubble.

    But my experience has taught me that’s not always the case. More often not. Many afternoons the homework almost screamed, “Ooops, I forgot to get anything done today so I think I’ll send it all home to the family. Ha! Let them deal with it!”

    July 11th, 2012 at 3:33 pm
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  78. FedUpMom says:

    Anonymous says:

    … children who can’t be bothered to stimulate their brains and just want to sit back for 6-8 weeks doing nothing or only what they want. If it was up to the children they would do nothing all holiday and spend much of their time in front of their games consels and televsions.

    What part of “holiday” do you not understand?

    July 23rd, 2012 at 9:02 am
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  79. maggie says:

    Today I’m stuck doing summer homework. I really need a new bag for my books so I don’t drop them all in the hallway (considering that the five books together weigh at least 12 pounds) and I’d really like to sew one, since It’s cheaper, but I don’t have the time, or energy. I have other projects that I can’t finish because I have to work on a math packet. Did I mention that my summer break was literally only six weeks long? I was forced into a summer school class so that I could be in a high level math class, when I know that I need to take a better look at some of the things from last year (none of which are covered in my flippin math packet, go figure) which took two weeks and four days, we let out in June, and I start this week. I had to bring it to family reunions just to keep myself at a good place, and I’m still behind. I don’t see how this is fair, especially not the reading and notes I have to do on a stupid book. If I wanted to hear about all the bad things that happened to the depressed girl in high school, I’d turn the TV on and watch the news at any hour of the day. If you’re going to give out summer reading, how about making it something we can relate to (without thinking “Hey! that’s like so and so that was on the news today, I hope they catch that #%@$@) I mean, seriously.

    August 11th, 2012 at 2:17 pm
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  80. Anonymous says:

    @ 5
    yeah i have stuff due during the summer and it’s bs. i just didnt do it.

    August 7th, 2013 at 9:35 pm
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  81. Anonymous says:

    Summer homework is sh*t why? because there is no freedom for children. It feels like prison 😛

    August 22nd, 2013 at 8:19 pm
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  82. Anonymous says:

    Summer assignments have almost no effectiveness since the people who need them don’t do it

    May 12th, 2014 at 10:25 pm
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  83. Supriya says:

    Well, You need to understand that even if there is summer or not all kids and families do is try to have fun. These days, kids cry for what they want and parents give it to them. Summer homework is making it easier for your child. My younger brother, who struggles in school, benefits from summer homework. Last year we went to India and he never did his summer packet or really anything. The first half of the year was filled with phone calls from the teacher telling us that he didnt remember anything from the previous year. If the school didnt give any summer homework parents wouldnt make their children do anything either. The emphasis on education has gone down immensely. Todays parents do nothing but complaian. Some think school is a bad idea, homework is a bad idea, summer homework is a bad idea. How do expect your child to have a career if they dont have an education.

    July 5th, 2014 at 11:08 am
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  84. anon. says:

    As you grow older the amount of homework you have to do grows, but that can be a good thing because older kids then have to work on their time management and responsibilities. All of these high school assignments are there to prepare you for college.

    July 5th, 2014 at 11:12 am
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  85. anonomous says:

    Parents should stop coming in between their kids and their responsibilities.Learning is very important and I understand that everyone wants to have fun but you need to incorporate learning which I know that most parents would never do so that is most likely why the school stepped in.

    July 5th, 2014 at 11:15 am
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  86. So stressed says:

    I find it very interesting how the teachers hate the idea of extending the school year but can assign a packet of math review which is equal to or greater than the homework my 11 year old gets per week day during the school year. My child loves learning new things but has a great deal of trouble in focusing on tedious review assignments. It’s the worst scenario for my child – no new learning but lot’s of work that is repetitive and old. For a mom of gifted kid with ADD this sucks. I want to tow the line but spending hours of what should be a break trying to find a way to get your child motivated. I can’t say I’m having much luck – mostly I’m getting angry and stressing out my child- feeling unsure if the punishments I’ve been dolling out are even fair. it is a struggle managing my anger over summer homework – it’s very sad. I can feel my child suffering thought this and my heart is breaking knowing that she would have the same test score as not doing the homework – it feels so pointless but the school counts it toward the next years grade and she would get the advanced placement without it even though she can test into it. It’s so stressful. I’m in tears just writing this note. I’m suffering. PS- I’ve got nothing against a suggested summer reading list – at least half the books are great that we have had.

    August 15th, 2014 at 12:14 am
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  87. $yd says:

    hey i understand how stressed kids can be having a million assignments in each subject. but reading a book over summer will help your knowledge. Summer is for fun so dont waste it. Keep smart!

    October 8th, 2014 at 12:59 pm
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  88. Melissa says:

    I can’t stand to hear teachers complain how some student is “so far behind!” Loading the student with more work and projects is NOT the answer, it’s not the student who should be punished with loads of homework, it’s not the student’s fault your fellow educators & the school let the student slip through the cracks in the first place!!
    Homework does not help, my kids spend 3 hours doing 25 equations all wrong, knowing they have to write a paper after wasting their evening on the equations. I would eagerly choose a rootcanal over my kids having homework anyday!

    July 28th, 2015 at 7:10 am
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    August 3rd, 2015 at 2:34 pm
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  90. Adelissa says:

    I have absolutely no problem with the standard chose 3 books off this list and write a one page summary of each kind of thing (I did this frequently throughout school as the article says, reading declines because there is no time so the idea was to encourage it in the summer.) The grading on these were pass/fail either you did it or you didn’t. But actual meaty homework in the summer is bizarre unless you are actually taking a summer school class. I was one of those straight A students that fizzled out from too much overload. I think more emphasis should be put on the end goal. What do we need students to be able to do/exposed to when they are heading off to college and work from that (not teach to the test but teach to the goal of balanced educated young men and women.) and get rid of the busy work. I hated projects in school. I could draw decently but the other stuff, building models and crap, was so hard for me and I still don’t see what the point when I could take a test and know everything they wanted me to know. School has become busy work and there are so many cooks in the kitchen I don’t think anyone has a good grasp on why they do what they do. I used to beg my mother to let me be homeschooled but she didn’t feel comfortable teaching me so I survived the public school system but I was conscious even as far back as elementary school how much time was wasted. If there was more one on one teaching school would be over in half the time and there would be time for nature walks, reading, and being a whole person not a learning machine. okay rant over 🙂

    November 30th, 2015 at 6:06 pm
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  91. Anonymous says:

    Summer homework is one of the worst things I have ever heard of. I’m in school still, and it just isn’t fair. The school rules are that if you want to stay in a honors class, you have to to the summer project for that class. As of now, I am in honors English and history, and if I want to have a good record, then I will have to stay in it and do the project. This is terrible, and I am seriously considering dropping the honors classes. The reason that I don’t want to do the summer project is because it is not fair. We have summer vacation for a reason, so that we can have a break from schoolwork and homework. With these ridiculous and lengthy summer projects, summer isn’t fun anymore. Schools need to stop this burden and let kids look forward to summer again.

    June 5th, 2016 at 5:57 pm
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  92. Anonymous says:

    This is Stupid, my mom is giving me SUMMER HOMEWORK!!!!!!!!

    July 6th, 2016 at 10:59 am
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  93. talfonso says:

    To Sara Bennett, keep it up! And for those who think that abolishing summer homework is enabling the “summer learning loss”/”summer slide,” there’s a lot more to learning during summer holidays than just reading some novel and doing a book report on it.

    Dancers often go to things called “summer intensives,” when they attend dance school in the summer. DANCE. SCHOOL. IN. THE. SUMMER. And some kids go to camps that are to their interests, like space camp and music camp. And how about the school-age piano students who are interested in organ music and attend the Pipe Organ Encounters and the Pedals, Pipes, and Pizzas, eh?

    I went to Asheville, NC in my sophomore year before entering my junior year. Besides reading my novel from the limited choice of books from the reading lists, I went to the Basilica of St. Lawrence, Chimney Rock, Biltmore House, and a mining shack in Franklin where one pans for gemstones. I’m learning the things I learned in geography, American history, geology, and even music beyond those textbooks.

    For instance, I have read books about residence pipe organs, but seeing the one at Biltmore House’s banquet hall (an 1916 Skinner, revised and restored by J. Allen Farmer in 1995 – via proved how real it was! And having heard years of praise band and piano accompaniments at Catholic Masses in my own church (the old electronic organ was seldom used), I treated my ears to the Estey pipe organ at St. Larry’s Basilica.

    To the trolls who think we summer homework opponents are enabling the increase of the “summer learning loss”/”summer slide,” we’re not the lazy students and parents (and former students) that you see. And I’m for summer reading and I believe that teachers should ditch the summer reading lists.

    I’m not against summer reading, but they really should take a cue from one Italian teacher’s summer homework assignment ( if they want to encourage it: Read as much as you possibly can. But not because you have to. Read because summers inspire adventures and dreams, and when you read you’ll feel like swallows in flight. Read because it’s the best form of rebellion you have.

    And if I were a teacher who had to assign a nonfiction book to high schoolers, Mrs. Bennett, your anti-homework book would be, indeed, “the best form of rebellion disgruntled students have.”

    July 6th, 2016 at 6:13 pm
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  94. Anonymous says:

    I HATE SUMMER READING!!!!!!!! I think it is completely pointless & a waste of time. I don’t c how this is supposed 2 b beneficial 4 us whatsoever. Especially if the teacher chooses the book(s) 4 u. Teachers say that they want us 2 ‘foster a love 4 reading & a thirst 4 knowledge’ but students r not gonna wanna read or learn if teachers choose boring books. If students chose the books they were interested in they r more likely 2 read them. This is summer vacation. VAY CAY SHUN. We should b relaxing , hanging with friends, going 2 the beach, going on vacation, seeing family, etc. Not stressing over homework. Summer is 4 RELAXING. If teachers wanna give out homework, they shouldn’t make it mandatory. They should make it as an extra credit assignment.

    I mean, I kinda understand that reading helps u 2 learn new vocabulary & whatnot but I don’t understand how writing essays or book reports or doing other projects (ESPECIALLY IN THE SUMMER DURING VACATION) is gonna help us whatsoever.

    Last year I had 2 do it & the teacher didn’t even collect it until my dad called the school (this was 4 8th grade). & my 7th grade teacher said it was MANDATORY!!!!!!

    Another time I was enjoying my summer (@ the time summer was like 70% over) & I checked my school website because something didn’t feel right 2 me. I found out that I had 2 read 5 BOOKS & do an assignment 4 each. I was up literally all night doing it because I didn’t want 2 waste any more time by procrastinating. The best part was that the teacher never collected it (or mentioned it)! & the teacher from the year before (when I was in 6th grade) didn’t tell the class either. I held onto it 4 like 2 weeks & after they didn’t collect it I threw it away. I was SO done (this was the homework 4 7th grade).

    This year the summer reading is not as much as I had in the past (I have 2 read a book of my choice {I chose Twilight ?? so I don’t have 2 worry about reading a boring book this year} & I have 2 do a project on it & fill out a book critique worksheet. As easy as it sounds I still don’t wanna do it (even if it’s TWILIGHT & that I’m already about 2/3 done with the book). I don’t wanna waste my time doing summer reading.

    In conclusion students should b relaxing & not stressing. Students (myself included) have been in school 4 about 9-10 months doing work & trying really hard so we should have @ least summer vacation 2 b able 2 not do work. I’m not saying we shouldn’t b reading I’m saying that teachers shouldn’t make us read. We should read whenever we want & whatever we want.

    Although it is helpful 2 review if I were 2 review in the summer I would do it @ least once a week 4 like 20 minutes. We shouldn’t b up all night doing summer reading. Nobody’s got time 4 it. We have lives 2 live so we don’t wanna waste our (social) lives reading & doing homework.

    July 16th, 2016 at 2:02 am
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  95. becky4012 says:

    i think summer homework makes us to stop every homework.

    July 17th, 2016 at 7:42 am
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  96. becky4012 says:

    i think summer homework makes us to stop every plan to play

    July 17th, 2016 at 7:43 am
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  97. Anonymous says:

    honestly summer homework is here for a reason. BUT 4 LONG BOOKS AND 30 MATH QUESTIONS?! Honestly, I think summer homework took it to a whole new level of stressfulness!

    August 21st, 2016 at 9:46 am
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  98. this thing is so true says:

    Summer homework is just…NO. First off, they shouldn’t call it “summer break” or “summer vacation” if in that “break” you STILL have to do work. And that work WILL be checked. I personally don’t think summer homework is necessary and it should be optional not mandatory. I admit at the beginning of the next school year I might be a little rusty, it’s fine. We’re humans not machines. Whoever came up with summer homework clearly never had to do it. As a student I would like teachers to see this comment and do something about it because after a whole school year, I have to spend my vacation on work that I’m not going to learn anything from anyways because I learned everything during the school year. So yeah.

    August 15th, 2017 at 6:39 pm
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