Yes, children should have summer reading assignments as the summer is a notorious season for losing a grasp on information taught during the school year. In addition to this, reading books is proven to be useful for all children. Just because a classroom is not in session does not mean a child should stop learning.
I would like to see the opposite side of an argument that children should have summer reading? Your children are too busy to read? Too bad. Your children shouldn't have to read during the summer? Why not. Your children work too much during the summer? No they don't. Your children don't like to read during the summer? Be a parent and make them. There is absolutely no reason to not have summer reading and every reason to at least try to make kids absorb more knowledge. It doesn't have to be lit either. Get their noses in anything with words. Reading is a gift and all too often we waste it.
I get it. Summer reading and work should help kids stay on track and keep learning throughout the 2 months of break.
Well the problem is, it doesn’t. Summer reading is arguably one of the worst ways to improve reading skill and knowledge. Forcing a child to read a book, which is often a classic novel which has no interest to the student, is going to have exactly the opposite effect on them than intended. For me, I would much rather spend my days reading a good old fantasy or adventure book than spend time on To Kill a Mockingbird, or The Three Thebian Plays.
Wow, Bob, do you want to go on a long break to rest and relax from school and recharge your brain? Well that sucks for you, because you’re going to have to read Shakespeare and fill out a ten page packet, coupled with a 2 page essay on this philosophical question in morality and how it relates to Julius Caesar. This will help you learn over the summer because when you go back to school, you will be extra prepared and refreshed and ready to start a new year!
Yeah. No. If you work at a job, and you take a vacation, are you assigned extra work to do over that break without pay? At least let the students CHOOSE to do summer reading.
Summer reading is totally pointless and stupid ... Children should be able to have freedom to learn things that school cant teach them like how to work or learn creativity .... Teachers teach all year for 10 months so why do students need them to control the 2 months we have away from them????????????????
Why the hell do teachers had to assign students summer reading to do for homework? That wastes their time and freedom to have fun and social time with their friends and family. Plus, summer reading is also pointless. They should assign summer reading to do as an optional, extra-credit, bonus, or extracurricular activity.