Un-fancy-ness Over Break

So, I’m sure we all know that Christmas break is finally here. So what exactly does that mean? Well, for the usual person, Christmas break means cookies, sweets, presents, bright lights, Christmas trees, family, love, and all that wonderful stuff. But for high school students, Christmas break often means mountain-loads of homework, piled on by the thoughtless and careless teachers these students have. It may seem like I’m attacking the character and spirit of school teachers; yes, this is indeed a logical fallacy, but it is also one I cannot repress any further. First of all, this time is called Christmas BREAK. Break, in this case, means a repose from school and all things school-like. And all things school-like definitely involves homework. Assuming that these teachers have loving families to return home to, it is rather safe to say that the majority of school teachers get to go home, relax, hang out with their families, and do next to nothing scholarly over Christmas break, while poor unfortunate students are stuck slaving away on study guides and reading chapters.

Not to sound diary-ish, but when I got home from school today, what was the first thing I did? Answer: I did my advanced pre-calculus homework. I’m not saying I’m a dedicated student or that I have no life. The thing is, I have relatives coming over tomorrow, I don’t want to miss out on family and love because I have to do homework. I guess this all sounds a bit rambling, but what I’m trying to express is that the homework teachers give to students over break robs them of family togetherness. I’m sorry, but when it comes to reading about U.S history, versus enjoying quality time with my relatives, I’m prone to choose the latter, as is every average high school student on the planet. In short, homework over Christmas break is an unfair thing to do to students, and it should not be considered acceptable.

Now, assuming we’ve come to terms that homework over Christmas break is unacceptable, I can also argue that it is unproductive. Who’s going to do a good job on a study guide when all he or she can think about is playing that new Halo game on a shiny Xbox 360? Who is going to retain information after gorging themselves on cookies and turkey and other delicious foods? Note that I’m not arguing of the positive versus negative impacts of students; I’m simply saying that, if students are on break, then these students should not accept the legitimacy of homework their teachers pile upon them.