Sara, Jill Notte’s daughter, a senior student, is pursuing a total of five advanced courses this fall. However, she is a straight-A student; this ambitious endeavor maybe her greatest undoing. She must go through a week-long program at Girls State, another month in the School of Engineering at Technology, and must pay a visit to some colleges too. Besides, Sara must:
- Read 5 AP English books and one for AP History
- Complete AP Calculus assignments
- Complete AP Chemistry assignments
- Write a bunch load of summaries for Honor Physics
In doing all these, Sara has to forgo her work as a lifeguard as the assignments she has to complete is daunting.
The oxymoron ‘vacation-work’ is on the ascent, and Sara’s not alone in it. Many guardians and parents across the globe recollect memories of their childhood and youth summers as breaks from the school system. Summer mainly consisted of mass laziness to pure apathy to camping with family and vacations, not math assignments and science projects.
No as an Answer
Most parents tend to contend that homework during summer is just work that milks both joy and fun from summer. Sara Bennett further states that children need more personal time during the summer break.
A progressive yet revolutionary approach for those who state that children should do homework during summer is just blatantly saying no. This is what Sara Bennett, the founder of StopHomework.com, proposes a guardian or a parent during the fall if a kid is unwilling to doing the assignments.
Shielding youthful minds from melting
There are mothers and fathers on the opposite side of the mid-year schoolwork who, when schools close, force their children into intense brain work regardless of whether the teachers did not issue it.
Cooper says that reassurance that the move is a magic bullet to shield the kids’ minds from melting is not at all objective, but a positive effect will register on how much material they hold when they go back to school if the children are in a continuous form of utilizing their mental muscles.
Studies tend to support that students lose the ability to do math problems in two months during the summer break. Cooper states that if teachers fail to intercept, math becomes a problem for many kids.
No Engagement from Students
Dennis Pope, a senior lecturer, admits that three months is quite a long time to sit idle and that the thought of issuing exercises and numerous pages of workloads isn’t a go-to way of making things better with the kids. This is because there is a lack of engagement with the kids. For fruitful learning, kids should commit themselves in that; they should lock themselves in emotionally, behaviorally, and psychologically. Kids need an adult to keep track of the school work.
The summer homework assignments frequently don’t get much traction from teachers once turned in, as there’s no feedback from the teachers themselves and hence no impact on the grades of the kids. In most cases, kids will not touch on the assignments until the end days of the summer, but Pope says that’s a choice of their own. Summer is for vacation, and therefore the kids need to relax and reflect.