Spring break is coming up fast and it will soon become a reality. We will not have to come to school Saturday, April 2nd through Sunday, April 10th. Students at Dixon High seem to be at wits end, struggling to get out of bed to come to school each morning. It is safe to say that the week off in spring is a much needed break.
Though this may be a much needed break, it can pose a threat to our students’ education. Kids take advantage of the time off, and leave everything they have learned in school behind. Haven’t you ever noticed that your return to school feeling a bit slow in the learning department? It seems as if this week long vacation from school causes kids to lose their edge. There is only one solution to this issue and that just so happens to be assigning homework. Though this is a solution to educational grogginess, it can prove detrimental to the students’ grades.
Students view spring break as their opportunity to escape the confines of school. The last thing they want to do during this escape is homework. While some teachers may give assignments, a large amount of students simply ignore them. When it comes time to return to class this hurts their grade significantly. The question every teacher should ask themselves is, “Should I assign homework although most students will not complete it? Should I help my students to hurt their grades?” If the teacher contemplates this and decides to go forward with assigning work over break then it becomes the time for the student to question their priorities. The student must decide if they want to have all the fun that they possibly can have, or keep up on their school work.
There are many students that will choose to have fun over school work without even thinking twice. These students often have exciting things planned over break such as vacation, day trips, or simply spending every waking moment with friends. Though it is not something to be proud of, I would most likely choose little to no time at all doing homework. Instead, I will be soaking up the sun on the beach in Hawaii. Spring break is a time to enjoy oneself, and enjoy a short amount of time away from teachers, books, and pressure to do well. I asked a few students what they will be doing over spring break and their answers ranged from going to Lake Tahoe, to staying home and watching as much TV as possible. Regardless of what someone is going to be doing over break, it is sure to be an enjoyable change from the everyday routine of school, work, homework, and sleep.
It is important to remember that spring break is no more than a week long, and when April 11th comes around it is time to get your head back in the game. Although the vacation is nice, school is crucial to our learning and future. We must return to class ready to do work and leave break behind. We all hope that spring break is filled with joy and excitement no matter what you do; just remember to be excited about school as well.