Stop assigning homework to students during their breaks!
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Students are given breaks for things such as holidays throughout the school year. This time should be spent with family, celebrating the holiday if it is celebrated by them, or at the very least taking a mental break from the rigorous demands of american education. Instead, projects are assigned (don't forget each student has eight separate courses), and students are taken away from their families to complete these projects and study for tests that will likely await them immediately after the break.
Research on homework and it's correlation to grades has proven that homework has little to no effect on test scores and overall academic performance, and if you look at the photo given above, you can see that teachers are starting to realize this. So really, homework should be eliminated as a whole, but this petition on homework during break is a good start. Here are a few links to articles talking about the outcome of the research done on the issue.
- Washington Post (Homework: An Unnecessary Evil?)
- Edutopia (Homework: No Proven Benefits)
- Education World ('Research Has Been Unable to Prove That Homework Improves Student Performance,’ Teacher Says in Letter to Parents)
Most people reading this may think we're just a bunch of kids who don't want to do homework, but it's quite the contrary. I am a honor roll student, and have been for the past 5 years (All of middle school, and all of high school so far), so doing homework isn't really that big of deal to me (Usually at least, I'm still human), it's just absurd that teachers are allowed to blow up students during their breaks, which are already few and far between.
By signing this petition, we can make it so students can actually have vacations, which the thought of alone put a smile on my face :)
As an adult, it may be hard to understand the frustration that comes with this issue, especially if you don't have kids of your own. Which is understandable, but if you think about it, workers are given vacation days for reason, and they are NOT bothered by their jobs during those days.
Give it some thought, John
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