The nightmare of holiday homework

The term “holiday” means suspension from work or study; therefore, if homework is assigned during the holidays, this suspension is, by definition, not achieved. Many teachers do not refrain from leaving homework for revision and there has always been a debate between the pros and cons.

It is true that leaving the students for a long time without doing anything becomes bad because one forgets even the little one has managed to learn. In fact, holiday homework can be a way of picking back up and deepening aspects that have not been assimilated during the year.

But often what has not been learned during the school months will not be learned during the holidays and therefore leaving homework for the holidays becomes useless, as it creates stress and is seen only as an annoying chore for children and families who punctually ask the same questions, such as “Did you do your homework today?”. Moreover, when homework is left, children often do it at the last moment and this is exactly counterproductive as doing it on the first days of the holidays and then lazing around for the rest of the summer and arriving at the new year without a minimum of revision. Also, holidays are meant to rest and do what you like and what you were not able to do during the school year, such as travelling, going to parties, and relaxing in nature. As a matter of fact, travelling is also useful because it regenerates mentally and physically and it is also a way to learn, to get to know new people and new places, to confront and share experiences.

In conclusion, the right balance should be found, for example not giving homework but deepening or learning through games, reading, travelling, cinema, etc.

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Autore:

Alessia Torre

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4°B Liceo Linguistico Enrico Medi Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto

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