The School Year That Never Ends

BY RIGOBERTO COLON – Assistant Editor

 It’s the last day of school: the bell’s about to ring, when an announcement is made for all Honors students to report to their English classes to pick up their Summer Reading assignment.

In that moment, every plan or idea for the summer is destroyed.

Students around the country face the same dilemma every year.

The complaint is generally the same, “After I’ve spent the whole year working my butt off, I have to sacrifice time from my summer to do more schoolwork.”

It does not make sense for Honors students, who work harder during the school year, to be assigned an extra project over the summer, when the only thing they’re looking for is some relaxation time.

After a school year filled with work, all students are looking for, is some time to recover from the stress of the year, but summer reading gets in the way.

In most cases, students who take an Honors class tend to take more than one, which only serves as another reason to have relaxation time available.

No matter how minimal the teacher says the work is, it’s simply the thought that another project needs to be done that sends shivers down students’ spines.

Even if students take some time from the day to work on it, it is time that could be spent relaxing.

It’s not like students are going to forget how to analyze or summarize a novel over the course of three months.

Cheyenne Emerich, a junior here at LHS, admits, “[That] instead of interrupting us every chapter to write a summary or define some vocabulary words, I’d much rather just read like a normal person and take a test the first day.”

My solution?  Students who get above a 90% overall for their class should not be required to do a Summer Reading Project.

If anything, they should be given the project as an opportunity to receive extra credit.  This would imply the word that many students would like to hear: optional.

Summer reading is an unnecessary part of the Honors curriculum.  It causes a great amount of stress for students during a time when they should be recovering from the demanding schedule that comes with taking an Honors class.

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