The Grinch that Stole the Christmas Vacation

Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper is a great way to keep the problems with homework in the public eye. Here’s an inspiring letter I saw in the Westchester, New York, Journal News from a parent fed up with holiday homework.

Homework over holiday? Humbug!

The Grinch that stole Christmas is not really green. It lives in the hearts and minds of school administrators. Our Grinch resides in the East Ramapo School District.

In a bygone era, Christmas vacation was just that: A vacation from school to enjoy the Christmas holiday and all that it had to offer. We played with the toys that Santa gave us, played with our friends and visited our relatives. We made cookies for Santa, went to the movies and cuddled with our parents while listening to Christmas music while we admired our tree. What warm, fuzzy memories we have to cherish.

Those memories will not be experienced by my son’s generation. Instead he will remember having to pre-plan hour after hour after hour of homework and book reports into our day between visiting with friends and family. It seems everyone but the kids got a vacation from school. Yet our schools are failing! Maybe we could learn a lesson from the past and let our kids be kids, at least for a week.

Will this Grinch grow a heart big enough to let us have Christmas? One can only hope!

Margaret McDaid
Chestnut Ridge

One Comment on “The Grinch that Stole the Christmas Vacation”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely heartbreaking. What a great way to look at holiday homework. Why can’t teachers allow students just one short break without homework?! Some schools even give homework over the summer now.

    January 8th, 2007 at 9:45 pm
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