I Hate Summer Homework

In Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine, 12-year-old Douglas Spalding treasures

a whole summer ahead to cross off the calendar, day by day. …[H]e saw his hands jump everywhere, pluck sour apples, peaches, and midnight plums. He would be clothed in trees and bushes and rivers…. He would bake, happily, with ten thousand chickens, in Grandma’s kitchen.

After 4 years of running Stop Homework and talking to thousands of parents and children across the country, I know that summers no longer promise those complete and absolute carefree joys. Instead, most students across the United States will have homework hanging over their heads the entire summer.

It won’t surprise anyone here to know that I am adamantly opposed to summer homework. While I am a big fan of reading, those assigned summer homework books don’t usually appeal to most students, and they end up discouraging reading rather than promoting it.

Here are just a few of the other reasons I hate summer homework:

    * students should have a chance to choose what they read
    * if students were allowed to read books of their own choosing, they would read more
    * students report that those summer assignments are collected but never looked at or discussed
    * if students actually learned the material during the school year in a meaningful way, then there wouldn’t be “summer backslide,” one of the ostensible reasons for summer homework

Check back tomorrow and the rest of the week for some ideas on ways to advocate for an end to summer homework. And in the meantime, post your opinion on summer homework in the Comments.

60 Comments on “I Hate Summer Homework”

  1. wendy walker says:

    When I was a kid, the only summer homework we ever had was a reading list, and that only for a private school, never for a public school (and as a military kid, I attended a lot of different schools).

    Now, as a homeschool mom, my kids do some kind of school during most summers. Why?

    1. My kids have proven to me that if they don’t use it, they lose it.
    2. Too few prospective playmates in the neighborhood- my kids end up plugged in, not playing outside.
    3. Living in MN, much natural science simply can’t be done during the school year. Summer allows us to observe and study things that are otherwise impossible.

    However, these are all MY objectives for MY children. Public schools take up children’s entire lives during the school year, and they have no business intruding on the summers too.

    June 1st, 2010 at 12:01 am
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  2. northTOmom says:

    I’m wondering when (and why) summer homework became a given in American schools. It’s a trend that thankfully hasn’t really caught on here in Canada.

    June 1st, 2010 at 8:35 am
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  3. PsychMom says:

    Yeah, I was very surprised to hear about it too because it’s not something that typically happens here. I had never heard about this concern about “summer backslide’ until I read about it here. The idea of kids losing ground on reading doesn’t make sense to me, unless they are reeeeally struggling with reading. But in that case, forced reading over the summer isn’t going to improve the situation at all.

    But I’m coming from a perspective where you have engaged kids from September to June…and that may not be the case for all kids. School may have a very different place in many kids’ lives so that year long exposure to the structure of school may not be such a bad thing for some kids who need that extra support. Imposing it on everybody, though? It doesn’t make sense.

    June 1st, 2010 at 8:49 am
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  4. HomeworkBlues says:

    We are finally having a homework free summer! But it took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to reach this point.

    As Wendy writes, a homework free summer does not mean a learning free summer. I know lots of homeschoolers who do year round school. We would have too with more breaks spread out through the year. But “school” is learning here, and learning never ends. It is an entirely different concept from assignments dictated by others of which you had zero input and with little value. Someone takes your time away and you have no say in the matter. How stupid is that?

    June 1st, 2010 at 8:54 am
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  5. April says:

    I’m so glad my girls weren’t given summer homework! And my 12-year-old (the one most prone to refuse when I suggest that she read a book when she whines that she’s bored) brought two books to read in the car during our Memorial Day road trip. Completely of her own volition. And read.

    June 1st, 2010 at 12:24 pm
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  6. HomeworkBlues says:

    April, my daughter never minded the reading part. I will say this, for all I’ve moaned about high school homework overload. At least the books they assigned were good ones. Luckily for us, my daughter loves to read so the reading part was not the problem. But last year, my daughter was besieged with three papers, multiple essays, worksheets, workbooks, all on top of about seven books. I thought I was going to die. It was awful and stole her summer. The only reason she has none this summer is because she is…GRADUATING!!!!!

    June 1st, 2010 at 12:38 pm
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  7. Liz Ditz says:

    if stu­dents actu­ally learned the mate­r­ial dur­ing the school year in a mean­ing­ful way, then there wouldn’t be “sum­mer back­slide,” one of the osten­si­ble rea­sons for sum­mer homework

    I’m not sure I agree with this 100%. For example I think about how my 2nd language vocabulary & fluency “goes into the deepfreeze” if I don’t actually speak the 2nd language for several months. I think about how slow I have become on simple math calculations when I’m not using mental math (I’ve been doing a lot of spreadsheet data analysis rather than mental math lately)

    But I do agree that “summer homework” is a terrible burden on parents and on students.

    June 1st, 2010 at 5:05 pm
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  8. Erica says:

    We’ve been fighting summer reading and the assignments that go along with it for years and have gotten nowhere. The principal and superintendent won’t even answer our calls and emails about this issue. I contacted as many parents as I could and got no response at all except for one parent who told me that she disagrees with me and I should never contact her again. My kids have to read three assigned novels this summer and were told to read them daily to “digest them” properly. One of the books is Grapes of Wrath. My kids work so hard all throughout the school year and the summer is the only time they have to read books of their choosing. We feel like we’re the only parents who care about this issue. The other parents say that they are glad that the school is making their kids read. We feel that it’s not the school’s job to make our kids read in the summer and it’s certainly not the school’s job to tell our children what to read!

    June 1st, 2010 at 6:11 pm
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  9. Jerseygirl says:

    As a former teacher in a school where most of my students spent the summer watching television and where many parents laughed at me when I suggested the free summer programs at the local library, I can’t say that all summer homework is bad. Is it necessary for kids whose parents have the interest and means to read with them daily, to stimulate their minds at home and to take them on excursions? No. I looped with my first and then second graders and I can show you data that the learning loss is real for them, no matter how engaged they were the year before. Yes, the remember some things, but not enough for us to start where we should have been able to start. Of course, the kids who needed the homework the most never did it anyway. One of the many reasons I’m not dying to return to the classroom.

    June 1st, 2010 at 9:31 pm
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  10. homeworkblues says:

    Liz, I cannot say this enough. An absence of homework does not mean an absence of learning. At least not in my home. I hate summer homework because it intrudes on all our learning. We’ve always homeschooled in the summer and what with the library, field trips, museums, outdoor classical concerts, art exhibits, history discussions, math games, nature centers, literary and scientific journals, and books books books, who needs the school telling me how to run my summer life?

    I’m very capable of educating my daughter in her free time, all by my lonesome. I don’t need the government telling me how to schedule our off time.

    June 1st, 2010 at 11:20 pm
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  11. PsychMom says:

    It’s just my personal bias, but memory and learning are two different things. One person has written that as an adult she forgets things that she doesn’t practice regularly. A teacher is lamenting about how much kids forget over the summer. School is more than just a Cram-a-lot. There seems to be this expectation that children should not forget anything ever…that we should be able to just keep piling on the facts so that in the end we have these educated children.

    That, to me, it’s more important to teach kids how to learn….It shouldn’t matter what the topic is, because if the child knows how to ask questions, if the child learns that asking questions is the basis of everything, then it doesn’t really matter what the content is because they’ll know how to find those facts.

    As an illustration:
    Committing something to memory, like a PIN number, is a trick that’s handy to learn. Teach the trick…the PIN number is irrelevant. If you teach the trick, then that trick can be used to memorize a bike lock combination over the summer, and then the combination lock to the locker in September. But expecting kids to repeat their combinations for their locks over the past 5 years is pointless.

    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:27 am
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  12. HomeworkBlues says:

    “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
    Albert Einstein.

    A carefree summer stokes the imagination. And that is so seminal for learning and that magical state of flow.

    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:51 am
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  13. Disillusioned says:

    Jerseygirl laments the 2nd graders weren’t able to start where they should have. I wonder how long it took them to catch up to where they were at the end of the last school year? My guess is not long. If the first month of the school year is used for review……what is so bad about that? Again, it speaks to the hurried, rushed manner in which the curriculum is taught at such a young age.

    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:44 pm
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  14. Cynthia says:

    Psychmom and disillusioned beat me to what I was going to say about summer “backsliding”. Anybody would be a little rusty after a couple of months off. They may also be able to process info that’s been floating in their heads better after a little break, and learn it better this time around. If they really are losing so much across the board, I would guess the material is either being taught badly or at an age-inappropriate time.

    June 3rd, 2010 at 9:25 am
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  15. PsychMom says:

    You’re on the money Cynthia!

    For the average Joe on the street, the way you can tell if a kid today is educated is if the child can do something precocious like name all the State capitals at age 5…or something silly like that. A kid who can’t make change at age 6 is seen as some sort of failure. But it’s ridiculous…that’s not an educated child and people’s expectations are out of whack completely.
    Homework just is an extension of that ridiculousness…it’s school….schools give homework. Done and Done.

    The Homework Prayer
    It was good enough for my grandfather,
    It was good enough for my father,
    I dropped out at grade 10,
    But my kid is gonna do it come hell or high water.

    June 3rd, 2010 at 11:53 am
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  16. Jesus M. says:

    I can speak from experience that while I am not a fan of summer homework, I understand where teachers are coming from and do not mind it excessively (it is mainly just a nuisance).

    Today, for example, I was shocked to find out that I had summer work for AP Chemistry. I have to read the 1st 3 chapters, do a bunch of ?s (too many that I have yet to count), then have a test at the end of the 1st week of school. I understand where my teacher is coming from, he wants to start the class running and improve what is an atrocious pass rate (AP Chem is tough). I don’t mind the work (the chapters only cover basics like scientific method, significant figures, measurement, the atom, etc.) but I hate the fact that came out of the blue.

    On top of that I have work for AP English Lit (which I expected, so it is not as bad, but it still seems excessive). I have to read Thing’s Fall Apart and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (there are too many books to fit into the curriculum during the school year), take notes on index cards, print out my favorite poem, and write 4 one page essays (on stuff like my goals, what I want to change, and other pointless topics)

    Additionally, I’m taking a Computer Programming course (something I want to do, but I will have to do at a slower pace because of my other work), I’m going to national competition for math team (that will be fun), and will begin to apply to colleges.

    So, even though I don’t mind doing this work, I have a pretty full summer ahead.

    June 7th, 2010 at 6:16 pm
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  17. Matt says:

    I’m 15 years old and just got 2 summer reading assaingments…

    For AP United States History I have to read 2 chapters from a textbook and 2 chapters from a book about the founding of the United States

    For Honors Language Arts 2 I have to read 2 books (Farenhiet 451 and another I can’t think of) in full with an essay for one and a guided responce on another…

    Summers should be free of all work.

    June 10th, 2010 at 2:02 pm
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  18. HomeworkBlues says:

    The trend is to hit the ground running once school begins. Effectively, AP coursework starts in the summer. Except the teachers are off and you, lovely parent, gets to homeschool! Sure, if your child is auto-didactic, as mine is, she’ll teach herself. But you are chained to your home while that’s happening and it effects you and your child in significant ways, in lost bonding, nagging, and no time to fully recharge batteries to prepare for a challenging year ahead.

    Summer as AP school is a result of AP exams a good six or seven weeks before many schools end. Teachers feel they can’t get it done in time, so they shunt it home to you, and your child. Aside from how I feel about this teach-to-the-test program, why not just start school earlier and dismiss sooner? Or better yet, why doesn’t the College Board cater to the school and schedule these tests in June? After all, schools pay per test. Yet we dance to their tune, their schedule! They pattern these tests on a college schedule but high schools do not end the third week in May.

    You would think there’d be relief, once the tests are done and teachers can finally get to the business of actually teaching. Not so fast. Post AP season becomes PROJECT CITY. My daughter has been slammed with so many end of year projects, she can’t see straight. I once asked a school official privately what teachers do after the AP exams. They go on vacation, he confided.

    Don’t get me started on these tsunami of projects. What is the point? She’s a senior. These kids have all gotten into college. They have worked so hard for four years. I am not suggesting they just come in and play. I’d be happy if the teachers actually taught now. I had envisioned that for the last two weeks, for once, my daughter might actually be able to come to school rested and feel, really feel, really experience what it is like to be completely rested at school and fully open to learning. That was my pie-in-the-sky dream, my wish. That she had no more tests, finals or projects. She could work hard at school, indeed she enjoys working hard when she’s in flow, learning, creating. But when it’s done, it’s done, she comes home to books, nature and her journal.

    But no. Not even now. Not even the last week before K-12 comes to a screeching halt. I could count on the fingers of one and a half hands how many days in four years my daughter has come to school fully rested. The only days she has is when I let her sleep in a little. I’m not even sure I can come up with seven such days in which she came to school on nine and a quarter hours sleep.

    I wanted this last week to be special. I wanted her to savor what is remarkable about the school (actually, there is much). I wanted time for reflection. Time for a journal. Time to bond and farewell. This is the very last time all of these people will be in one place at one time. It should be a time to savor, to remember, to cry, to dream, to reminisce. Instead, it is lost in a haze of last minute frenetic projects and even more sleep deprivation.

    And for what? What is the point? Will she suddenly become a much better writer because she has five reports to do in a week? These kids are going off to college. They have many more years of working hard. Will the world come to an end if homework stops right now? I’m still trying to figure out what the point of these last minute taxing time consuming assignments are? For the grade book? That’s what education has become, always logging?

    Yes, I have brought it up. Did that encourage school to abolish these last minute projects? Yea, right…

    June 10th, 2010 at 2:29 pm
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  19. HomeworkBlues says:

    Correction: “You, lovely parent GET to homeschool!” Not GETS. No S. Just sayin’.

    June 10th, 2010 at 2:30 pm
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  20. Sara Bennett says:

    Are you in New York state by any chance? If yes, ask your school how the summer homework complies with the guidelines? If you’re elsewhere, check the state/district/school policy on summer homework.

    Do you and your friends ever think about joining together to do something about homework?

    June 10th, 2010 at 2:31 pm
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  21. northTOmom says:

    HomeworkBlues: What would happen if your daughter just didn’t complete some of those assignments? Surely, grades are in by now (or soon). It does sound like an awful way for her to spend her last weeks of high school. (I can’t believe I have 7 more years of projects to look forward to….)

    June 10th, 2010 at 3:07 pm
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  22. HomeworkBlues says:

    northTOmom, she’s not completing all the assignments! She’s not. We told our daughter to hit up the big ones. I met with the counselor today and told her some we are just going to have to let go. I met with her to see what my daughter’s grades are, explain the difficulties, the huge volume of projects, and that our daughter will do the best she can but she’s not allowed to stay up as late as she has been doing.

    My husband sat down and strategized with our child. We hate to do this because we feel so strongly about learning, learning never ends in our household, we’ve raised her to do a job well for intrinsic motivation, but not solely for the grade.

    At this age, our child doesn’t welcome this intrusion from us. But we sat down with her and told her, eye on the prize. Go for the ones in which your grade is fledgling. It is amazing to us how much homework counts for the grade. The grades go up and down, like the stock market. When something is missing, they plunge. When she gets it in, they soar back up again. With points taken off, of course, if it’s late.

    I feel as if she does all the work at home and goes to school to get a grade. What is sad is that despite how many hours she puts in, it is never finished. She’s never done. I wanted her to stay home yesterday but she refused. It’s come to that. It’s been this way for a long time. I hear this from parents all the time. Our kids have no time to go to school anymore, so burdened are they with work at home. She would have to pull four hour nighters for days on end to get it all done, and I just don’t allow that.

    The grades aren’t all in, that’s what it’s come to. What you worry about at this stage is for the college not to rescind her admission. We are told that’s not very likely but we don’t want to test the waters right now.

    She’ll do what she can. She has a busy social weekend ahead, which is as it should be. She’s a kid! She doesn’t need to be carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders! She has some time Sunday and she’ll try to wrap up a big project. But the more she gets done, the more come rolling in. I just found out about a new one today and there are only three more days left in her school year! She’s a senior so she is dismissed a week earlier.

    June 10th, 2010 at 5:51 pm
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  23. Dude says:

    As a student I wonder why do we even have summer homework? In the past there was no such thing as summer homework. If people didn’t need it then why do we need it now?

    July 16th, 2010 at 12:07 pm
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  24. apparentlyILikeHomeworkXP says:

    I’m going to be a junior in the fall and I have to say, I think that summer homework has its place. Reading lists aren’t that bad, if left to my own devices I don’t exactly read the classics or any really meaningful literature–I’m more a science fiction/fantasy girl– so summer reading has really broadened my horizons on that. Admittedly I could to without the essays, but writing assignment over the summer are a good way for teachers to evaluate your writing skills at the beginning of the course. Plus, there is time to do them, despite what everyone says. I have managed to get all five of my summer books read, started on my english essay, and do a good bit of prep for SAT subject tests despite having a serious academic camp for seven full weeks that lasted from nine in the morning to six in the evening every day, and that was with taking trips to colleges every weekend!! Summer homework may not be fun, but however big a pain it is, it has a purpose.

    p.s. When I started writing this it was supposed to be anti-homework… didn’t really work out 😛

    August 14th, 2010 at 12:26 am
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  25. FedUpMom says:

    Well, maybe you don’t mind spending your entire summer on academics, but a lot of people do.

    August 14th, 2010 at 8:57 am
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  27. JD says:

    If American kids had several short seven to fourteen day vacations throughout the entire year instead of just all summer off “summer backslide” wouldn’t be a problem.

    February 20th, 2011 at 11:23 pm
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  28. ödev says:

    Well, maybe you don’t mind spending your entire summer on academics, but a lot of people do.

    June 15th, 2011 at 1:36 pm
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  29. Ian Graybill says:

    Who says that a child doesn’t learn in the summer without the homework? Not all knowledge is acedemic knowledge. A child learns themselves, in there own environment as well as in school. I believethat a kid should read in the summer, but not read a book they don’t want to! What if someone walked up and asked you to read through the whole dictionary in your free time? That’s like asking a kid to read a thick non fiction book that they don’t want to read. Schools need to realize that children are very smart, and can teach themselves a lot without acedimecs.

    June 27th, 2011 at 1:05 pm
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  30. Minda says:

    This summer I was assigned 3 worksheets, an essay, a book (200+ pages), a summary about the book, reflections on the book, 18 journal entries where I have to write discoveries and reflections about stuff I did, and a few other things I still don’t know about… I only have one week left to finish and I’m about two thirds done with it. I didn’t get to choose the book I’m reading and I find it to be the worst book I’ve ever read(not because it’s an assignment). Not to mention I love to read and I read three grade levels higher than my current grade. I’ve read all sorts of books some good, some bad, some REALLY bad, but this one is the WORST book I’ve ever read and I have no choice but to read it. It’s taken up my whole summer vacation, isn’t it called that for a reason? I was planning to read 4-5 books on my own this summer each 200-400+ pages, but no, I have to read this other book and do a bunch of other stuff for it. So I’ve only read one book this summer instead of 4-5 books. Thanks school. You’ve destroyed my summer vacation with a butt load of homework, and as a result, I am less encouraged to read and do productive things. Plus I looked up my homework book reading level…sixth grade level, way below the grade I’m going into. So not only am I missing out on the good books at higher reading levels, I’m also losing the vocabulary words I worked all school year to learn. Maybe that’s why children are having trouble when they come back to school because by forcing them to do work they don’t want to do over the summer they lose the chance to learn and discover on their own and are less encouraged to do so.

    August 1st, 2011 at 7:24 pm
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  31. Cat says:

    This summer I must read The Fountainhead, which is around 700 pages, annotate every page, fill 20 pages of a composition notebook with words that I did not know and their definitions, write 12 separate one-page reflections, and write an essay. I was really just looking forward to reading some of the books I picked out for myself that I didn’t have time to read during the school year. I really tried to give this book a chance because when I find a book I enjoy I finish it in a few days. Unfortunately this book just doesn’t interest me. So, it’s most likely going to take me all summer to complete the assignment – that doesn’t leav much time for the books I want to read.

    Is it too much to ask for two months free of school work obligations?

    August 5th, 2011 at 1:39 am
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  32. Anonymous says:

    I’d actually enjoy reading the dictionary.
    Why do people call this “summer vacation”? It doesn’t feel like a vacation at all because of all of the homework. On top of that, I’m fasting this month, which makes it harder. I still have a science essay to do, and I can’t motivate myself to do it.
    I find it funny that on the assignment sheet everyone in the school was given said “we wish each of you a restful vacation” How is a vacation restful with all of that homework?

    August 12th, 2011 at 3:47 pm
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  33. Anonymous says:

    I was assigned to read Ender’s Game and answer questions with two essays, make three brochures on three of the original 13 colonies, read Hiroshima and annotate with a dialetical journal to boot, and look for geometric shapes in my city. Really, I do not want to be forced to look up information on the internet. I want to do it when I feel like it. I also want to read the books, but I do not want to stop every chapter in Hiroshima and make all sorts of predictions and crap, but if I do it after I read the book, the teacher will know I was just being lazy. Ender’s Game was good, but I don’t want to do the essay. As for the scavenger hunt for geometric shapes, it’s ok. It doesn’t feel like summer vacation. If they’re gonna call it a summer vacation, it’s ok to do something like read, but just let us choose from a long list or what we get to read. Don’t just dump a lot of pointless homework we’re not going to look back because we say it’s pointless if it’s only for a grade. I have no choice because I want to go to one of the best high schools around and I need the good grades. Thank god they gave a list of books on the supply list. I’d rather read one of those freely instead of ANNOTATING THAT I HATE TO DO!!!!!!!!!!!!! sorry for that last part in all caps.

    August 16th, 2011 at 5:55 pm
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  34. Minda says:

    Still hate summer homework, even when we turned in the assignment from the summer we did three more weeks of follow up work. Now THAT is what I call a giant project! It took all summer then three weeks of the school year. As it turns out the teacher even hates the book and the project! (so why assign it?!?) There are some messed up teachers…

    October 1st, 2011 at 5:40 pm
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  35. Naveen says:

    Summer Holidays are ment for relaxing, enjoying, playing and having lot of fun. There is a lot in life beyond academics, hence no Summer Homework please.

    April 22nd, 2012 at 5:51 am
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  36. Betty says:

    let the children enjoy the summer holidays hence no homework during holidays please.

    April 22nd, 2012 at 5:58 am
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  37. Tired AP student says:

    Summer homework has certainly ruined my summer vacation 🙁 I was so looking forward to just resting this summer after taking my last two AP tests, which left me extremely stressed and sleep deprived, but then I got all this summer homework. :'( I love learning but I HATE SCHOOL. Last year I would get the most five hours of sleep at night, study all day and spend time doing nothing else. I was miserable all year but couldn’t change anything about it bacause in order to make the grades I had to study and work a lot. I am happy to say I got a 5 on my AP government test and a four on my microeconomics test but that was by going to sleep at two every night and waking up at five every morning for a month. I told myself just make it to the summer and it would be over but it didn’t end. So now I am sitting here taking a break from doing summer homework at seven in the morning ( I was awake and working on this stuff since two in the afternoon yesterday), missing the Olympics :'(, not having time to practice guitar, memorizing terms instead of practicing Korean and French ( languages I’m trying to learn), not getting to swim or catch fireflies at night or go for walks or even sleep in because of summer homework. I know people may think that if students were to start working on their homework in june then they wouldn’t feel like they have so much to do but that’s not true. Personally I needed some time to recover from the stressful school year I had before. Also, I did start working in June and sit here now on the first day of August still worried about if I’m going to finish or not. I know I will cause that’s the kind of person I am but it’s hard. School is not easy for me. Material doesn’t come easy to me so I had to work and continue to work hard for my honors and AP classes. I’m not complaining about the school year. I signed up for that challenge by taking the class but why must they take my summer away? School would be great if it wasn’t so horrible. I work hard at school because I want to succeed in life, because I want to ultimately spend my time making a living doing what I love instead of working my whole life. Obviously this whole summer homework thing won’t stop because I’m writing this. I’m just taking out my frustrations. So I guess I will have to continue to work hard. Going back to work now. Oh no, I just remembered I have act’s this year. ???? NOOOOOOO!

    August 1st, 2012 at 7:52 am
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  38. fuck summer homework says:

    yo mani fucking hate this ummer assignsment boulshit fuck all of you i hate hw im 11 and i can do whatever tthe fuck i want cause im a thug FUCK SUMMER HW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 10th, 2012 at 10:55 am
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  39. Anonymous says:

    @fuck summer homework

    I love this guy!

    October 11th, 2012 at 9:42 am
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  40. Anonymous says:

    I hate summer homework

    September 2nd, 2013 at 1:22 am
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  41. Anonymous says:

    My teacher gave us a huge packet of material to do over the summer that we haven’t even learned how to do it yet so when we asked him how to solve the questions his response was “look it up on google.”

    September 2nd, 2013 at 1:25 am
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  42. Anonymous says:

    i am currently in eighth grade and had summer homework, i dont think there should be summer home work because it takes the whole point of SUMMER FUN (VACATION) its the same as having school just doing the work at home and home work is unessesary work to be done at home just because teachers have their own work dosent give them the chance to take it out on US.

    September 13th, 2013 at 1:49 am
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  43. A person who doesn't give a fuck says:

    I can’t stand summer hw. I’m so fuckin over it. I have nothing to do but hw. I have fuckin MORE THAN SIXTY PAGES OF DAMN CIVICS!!! And I have to read a biography!!! WHEN WILL SOMEONE STOP THIS SUMMER HW. I’m going to cry. I wish it wasn’t mandatory so that we don’t HAVE to do it. I hate it. WHOEVER CAME UP WITH HW, FUCKK YOU. sorry for the cursing. I don’t usually curse. I’m just so fed up with this shit.

    July 27th, 2014 at 3:11 pm
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  44. May says:

    I’m 12, I’ve just finished my first year at secondary school. Never, ever have I had any homework over the summer, so imagine my suprise when on the last day of school, we got given 3 booklets with (approximately)10 half an hour long tasks in maths, a detailed book review, explanation of the book paragraph, point evidence explain link and a couple other things like that for English, 20 questions on a topic we haven’t even done for science with absolutely no help resources given, as well as a homework (while easy) that would take us a month! (Again in science) We was told all of these were absolutely compulsory and if we didn’t complete them all, we would be put into detention for the six weeks and four days we had off of school. They also said, oh they won’t be that difficult all together they’ll only take about three hours. I looked through them, and we have t even covered more than about five of the questions for all four pieces. This is absolutely disgusting in my opinion, and it needs to be sorted out.

    August 5th, 2014 at 6:48 pm
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  45. Anonymous says:

    As a sophomore this year, I’ve got AP US History on my schedule and the assignment for the summer is ridiculous to say the least. Having to read the first 4 chapters of our textbook, take Cornell notes on them, take an online quiz for each, fill out flashcards for them, and read 2 chapters of a separate book is a huge workload to do over the summer.

    On top of that, I have assignments in art as well as being at the school 10-4 working on something for the whole month before school starts. The amount of work does nothing but cause stress and busywork that will most likely be skimmed and graded as a completion grade at the beginning of the year.

    August 22nd, 2014 at 1:59 am
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  46. Anonymous says:

    I’m going to sixth grade and I transferred to a new school.
    At my old school I never had summer homework, and I was sooooooooooo much happier than I’ve felt the entire summer. I’m a huge procrastinator and worrybird. I want to do well in my new school and get good grades but I hate having this big dark cloud over me all summer. I still haven’t finished my hw, although my friends who are going to my new school say it’s really easy and finished it in July. And My mom and dad and family have given up and me and are discouraging me. I’m going back to work now.

    September 3rd, 2014 at 7:07 pm
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  47. Anonymous says:

    You are so right I should stop making my kids do summer homework!

    April 13th, 2015 at 8:45 am
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  48. Resentful says:

    I am so angry. I am a freshman in high school and I haven’t had a good year. On top of not having a good year, I have loads of summer homework. I just cant escape it. Its called summer vacation, let kids and teens relax. This is an outrageous matter. I have summer homework in literally in every class. I am the type of person that likes to get stuff done and start early, but even when I do start early I get overwhelmed an am finding myself rushing in the beginning of august trying to finish. Just because we are teens, no one listens to us. I am not going to have time to get a job which I really wanted to do this year. Thanks freaking homework.

    May 26th, 2015 at 10:24 am
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  49. Resentful says:

    There is other ways to learn out there besides academically. Its so frustrating and I get no sleep and im even more tired in the morning. There is no way if I was a teacher, I would give summer homework.

    May 26th, 2015 at 10:27 am
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  50. THIS RIGOR DESTROYS SUMMER HW!!!!! says:

    OK, think about it, why do we have to have summer homework. Has anyone noticed that’s an oxymoron? Who in their right mind takes a day off work to go to work that day? And if they get vacation, um why are we reading 10000 page books and annotate them? Anotations are for YouTube, not hw. Speaking of which, homework is also an oxymoron. If i want to learn over the summer, we have the Internet. It’s been around for over 25 years, we arent cavemen. Anyway, it gets hot during the summer, why work that hot. Even machines barely work well in these conditions. Computers have fans for a reason. That is off topic, but I feel i should make an example. While the teachers get to relax in Niagara Falls, we work our butts off to finish work. You know, I’m pretty sure there are studying websites.

    June 3rd, 2015 at 12:02 am
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  51. Anonymous says:

    Holidays homework scared children because teacher make several type of essay,projects or some other things.I no holidays homework is important but games and other activities are also important .So,School should also focus on other activities it makes the child mind fresh. So,I thing summer holidays is the best time to concentrate on these activities. Summer vocation is not the time of holidays homework it is the time of journey enjoyment.

    June 28th, 2015 at 1:30 am
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  52. Purvi jamwal says:

    Holidays homework scared children because teacher make several type of essay,projects or some other things.I no holidays homework is important but games and other activities are also important .So,School should also focus on other activities it makes the child mind fresh. So,I thing summer holidays is the best time to concentrate on these activities. Summer vocation is not the time of holidays homework it is the time of journey enjoyment.

    June 28th, 2015 at 1:34 am
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  53. Anonymous says:

    I am going into ninth grade this year and because i got into the more advanced classes, they gave me and others 1000 pages to read (from books of our choice) and we have to write down two significant quotes from each book and explain what they mean and how it connects to us. (btw, English is my least favorite subject). In science we have to take notes on five chapters and write down the vocab too. It took so long, the chapters were long and boring, and there was never-ending vocab. I thought summer was made so we could have a BREAK from school (summer-break!) not to be stuck inside doing some stupid homework.

    July 30th, 2015 at 12:58 pm
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  54. scarlet.macaws.are.amazing says:

    Summer homework? Only heard of it a couple of days ago. I’ve never had it before and I’m a freshman in high school. I’m somewhat glad I don’t have it because 1. I get really upset when I can’t figure something out, and 2. I already have to clean almost everyday during summer except for while we are traveling. But I do wish I had it because I get bored very easily and it would make me occupied since I’m a loner and find joy in homework. Also, it would prepare me for my future classes, so yes, I think that I would like summer homework.

    November 6th, 2015 at 1:21 am
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  55. Anonymous says:

    I transferred schools between my sophomore and junior years. Before the switch, I had never received summer homework. In my new school, I have received homework for two summers running. Last year, it was English. We had to read three books (we were told which books to read; none of them were in any way interesting), complete a three page assignment for each book, and write a full essay on each book. The teacher gave everyone who turned in the assignments perfect scores and never mentioned the books or papers again, except as occasional test questions FOUR months later. This year, I have assignments for my biology and my English classes. I am hoping for better results, but do not fully expect them.
    While doing this homework, I miss out on precious time to go outside, complete my chores, and spend time with my family. I already miss out on enough of this time during the school year, when I am locked in my room for hours completing homework and studying. Why should I miss out on it now, during the so-called “summer break,” as well?

    June 27th, 2016 at 12:41 pm
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  56. talfonso says:

    “If students actually learned the material during the school year in a meaningful way, then there wouldn’t be ‘summer backslide,’ one of the ostensible reasons for summer homework.”

    I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with you on this! I mean, lumping novels, textbooks, and 500 word essays and loading them onto students’ backs aren’t necessarily going to mitigate the summer slide! There are plenty other books at grade level students could read other than the ones on the short lists!

    I also agree that if they “were allowed to read books of their own choosing, they would read more!” Fostering interest in reading, the key to mitigating the token summer slide, takes giving students a wider array of novels and nonfiction books that INTEREST them.

    And it doesn’t stop at books either. If you’re making ice pops and comparing the ingredients to the frozen confections sold at the ice cream truck, it teaches them math and economics. And because music education isn’t taught much at schools (aside from band camps), exploring and learning about local churches’ pipe organs is also a creative way to encourage summer learning.

    And let’s not forget about travel! From visiting museums to even hiking in state parks, kids would know geography, history, and science in meaningful ways possible.

    Though I agree that summer vacation doesn’t have to mean mindless TV marathons and VG tourneys, I think that travel, unrestricted (yet grade level and age appropriate) reading of interesting books, crafts, and even cooking at home as a family are among the most effective ways to beat summer learning loss than a load of homework and uninteresting novels.

    July 6th, 2016 at 8:20 pm
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  57. BMS says:

    I would rather take a bath in sulfuric acid than have to try to make my kids do their summer reading. My husband and I are voracious readers. My kids have never been, despite our best efforts. When they do read, it is non fiction, technical stuff, history, humor. It is pretty much never novels with a ‘message’ or ‘inspiring’ works of literature. Yet every summer I’m supposed to force some meaningful inspirational novel down their throats, because someone decreed it so.

    Son #1 is in the middle of building a go-kart and tuning/modifying the engine. Son #2 is working on his hockey skills. They both want to sleep late, chill out, go on vacation, and go to camp. They will remember their trip to Boy Scout camp for years. This novel will be forgotten exactly 38 seconds after being read. It will not cause them to think deeply about the world, or connect to anyone.

    July 14th, 2016 at 9:07 am
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  58. BH says:

    I go to tuotoring/summer school for 4 hours a day Mon-Thur with so much HW and WKND HW. WTF I GOT 4.0’s THIS SCHOOL YEAR!!!!!

    July 26th, 2016 at 11:09 am
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  59. Michelle says:

    I am entering the 9th grade and dislike summer homework very much. I had to read 2 books that were not our choices, answer 4 pages per book based on questions, do a book review per book which included a chapter summary and ended up being 7 pages. Then, because I am in honor classes, have to do a presentation of the European Renaissance due before school even starts. It is extremely irritating that I have to spend my summer worrying about finishing work that should not be assigned.

    August 29th, 2016 at 8:05 pm
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  60. Zach says:

    Guess who got a 10 page packet this summer?? This guy *insert gun emoji here*

    September 2nd, 2016 at 5:09 pm
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