Homework on Breaks: Necessary or a waste of time?


By Seth Morrison

Homework. As a high school student, it’s a pretty big part of our lives. Like it or not, it has some sort of effect on each and every one of us. Whether you’re a freshman who has been tossed into a completely different school environment or a junior studying for SATs, it’s very easy to be overwhelmed by an exceptionally large workload. Luckily, we have the weekends and breaks to regroup and recover. It would be a shame if schoolwork could transcend even the week long breaks we have spent weeks anticipating … oh wait, it can. The quite evident truth is that we do get homework on weekends, and we do get homework over breaks. You would think the label of “break” would exempt it from all schoolwork, but that’s all it is at this point – a label. And with December break on the horizon, what better time to settle the question once and for all: Is homework over the breaks a necessary part of our high school education? Or, is it nothing more than an annoyance with no escape or logical reason behind it?

The obvious reason for homework over breaks is to ensure that we will retain all the knowledge we need for when we return. It’s very easy to forget information if it isn’t revisited for a week, and homework is one way to meet this demand. Under the assumption that continuous homework will ease the transition back into school, it is given over breaks to ensure that no school hours go wasted.

But what about the other side of the coin? As students, we are obligated to do this homework. During the week and even on weekends, homework is tolerable. Homework on breaks may be an intrusion of our time to relax. Mr. Hubbs says, “breaks are given for a reason.” but it seems now that they’re just for show. Breaks are supposed to be just that, breaks, but when combined with a large amount of work, they set out to prove the opposite. Most people can relate to the stressful feeling that school really does control every aspect of our lives. In addition, we can even get homework over the summer, the one break to rule them all. If homework can follow us on breaks, is there really any true break from school?  Maybe not.

Homework over breaks is a subject that is rarely talked about and simply accepted, but at the very least, we should bring this topic up a little more often and question whether or not it is worth it in the end. Homework is acceptable when it has a purpose and is reasonable, but if it extends to every part of our lives, including the only “breaks” in the school year, can we really call them breaks?