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Should schools have summer assignments?

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Started: 8/31/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 1 month ago Status: Debating Period
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Schools should not have summer assignments, these are assignments to be completed over summer vacation. This is summer VACATION and vacation generally means a break from work, so how is it a vacation if we have to do work?


The Pro Case provides the following definitions:

Summer Break: A period from 6 to 14 weeks of absence from school

Summer Assignments: Homework assignments, typically requiring a large amount of time to complete, assigned during the summer

Pro's argument:
Remembering academic information beats relaxation of summer break

According to,
While having a few months off for rest and relaxation might seem beneficial to students, it can actually have some serious consequences. The traditional long summer vacation often results in serious learning loss, something researchers have known for more than 100 years now. A century of study has shown that students routinely score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they did just a few months earlier, with low-income and at-risk students seeing the biggest drops, the exact groups so many schools are trying so hard to push to have better test scores.

This also is a main cause of the Achievement gap between social classes. (Same Source)

Because students who are from low-income families have unequal access to summer learning opportunities, many fall behind in their studies and cannot keep up with their wealthier peers. While it might not seem that the summer months would have a big impact on students, it's estimated that as much as two-thirds of the achievement gap is the result of summer learning loss. As a result of these early losses, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or to enter college.

Without Summer Learning and Summer Assignments there is nothing to prevent students to take a complete break, and while this may be nice, it can effect students for the rest of their lives. From a logical standpoint you must vote Pro. Con only encourages poverty, social divides, and stress later in life in order to have a little fun now. So do a little homework now during the summer in order to get one step closer to what you want in life, or spend the rest of your life paying the consequences. The choice is yours.

Debate Round No. 1


Yes while summer learning loss is a big problem, how is reading a novel going to help someone remember their math? Their science? Their anything other than English? Most school summer assignments consist of reading a novel or two and doing a project based on the reading. This is in an area that people use everyday of their life in America, English which practically speaking is the national language in the U.S. So having the students do work in am area they use everyday already just doesn't make much sense, as the learning lost argument is made moot by the fact that the assignments for the most part only address reading and writing, and no other subject.


Before I start I would like to point out Con forfeits definitions to Pro so these will remain for the rest of the debate.

I will start with the Con position.
First of all, there is no evidence stated in the first Con speech, making the Con speech purely the opinion of a non-professional. Secondly, Con has provided no impacts of relaxation or of no work during the summer, so basically has yet to prove that the con side is better. This alone is enough to vote Pro as Pro is the status quo or the way things are now, and since changing has no benefit, there is no reason to change. Also, it would be abusive of Con to bring up factual evidence on this impact as it would be the last round of the debate. Finally for the Con side, in the first speech Con doesn't address why schools should not have summer assignments, it addresses that working during a vacation violates the definition of vacation, this is un-topical and shouldn't be considered.

On to the Pro Case:
My opponent first states that most school summer assignments consist of reading a novel. The Con has two problems with that, firstly that it's just a novel, its not difficult to complete over the summer, and its definitely not too vigorous that it would put a major dent into free time. The second problem with this claim is that there is no factual evidence behind this, just an assumption. Personally, I have Reading, Math, and History assignments over the summer, so to completely negate the people with more that just a novel with nothing more than an opinion is abuse as far as the Con case goes.

Finally, the Con case states that reading and writing outside of school would maintain its level of skill over the summer as its a skill we use everyday. This is completely false as it would increase the achievement gap. Every summer, low-income youth lose two to three months in reading while their higher-income peers make slight gains. While there are many reasons why this happens, one of the main reasons is that lower-income students have less interest in reading during free time than their peers. Enforcing summer reading would shorten the gap, even by a little bit, which is more than what the Con case is doing.

Reasons to Vote Pro:
Evidence is provided
Decreases Achievement Gap
Con makes too many assumptions, opinions, and at times is abusive
Con does nothing that the Pro doesn't
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