Pros: Summer assignments are beneficial because they keep students busy in the summer and refresh skills that they use everyday during the school year. “Summer assignments stress me out, but they help me prepare for the school year,” said sophomore Anna Marcoon. Students may not know what to expect when they sign up for a class, but summer assignments give a good measure of the learning material and workload. Although having a fun summer is important, students exercising their brains over vacation will help them out in the long run. Without summer assignments, students forget valuable information instead of preparing for the upcoming school year.
Cons: The purpose of having summer vacation is to give students a break from school and the stress it causes. Summer assignments do the complete opposite. “Having summer homework takes away from the break we have from stress and school,” said senior Rachel Lotlikar. Summer assignments put stress on students that they should have a break from during their vacation. Doing the work is hard itself, but finishing before the deadline is something students constantly think about even when they are trying to have fun. The idea of summer assignments is to refresh valuable information over the break, but many students have a bad habit of procrastinating. It creates unnecessary stress at the end of summer, when students should be having fun before school starts instead of worrying about an unfinished assignment.