While the case of a student suing his school on the grounds that summer homework ruined his vacation might not be the best use of the nation's overly burdened court
system, the lad does have a bit of a point.
On what grounds, exactly, do schools have the right to compel students to
complete assignments during those times of the year when students are not
under the school's legal authority?
The school claims these requirements are not an undue imposition since
they only apply to honors courses in which the plaintiff volunteered to
While that might apply to this particular Wisconsin jurisdiction in
question, it does not settle the matter on a broader philosophical level as
some schools such as those in Prince William County, Virginia I wrote about
way back in the mid 90ís do not make it an honor's only requirement but
rather mandate that all students do book reports and such over the summer.
In the same spirit as that motivating Bill Clinton when he said he
opposed tax cuts on the grounds Americans would not know how to spend their
own money properly, educrats claim students not given assignments to do over
the break would otherwise allow their brains to whither. What of it?
Since the brains belong to the students and under the custodianship of
their parents, arenít they free to do with them as they see fit when school
is not in session? Besides, other than basic reading, who uses most of what
they learned in school anyway?
Maybe if schools did not devote so many resources to intellectually
dubious pursuits such as diversity appreciation, environmental awareness,
and indoctrination in evolution, schools would have more than enough time to
teach those essentials education propagandists insist there isnít enough
hours in the day (and hence the year) to teach.
For students still ensnared for whatever reasons in the clutches of the
public education leviathan, these institutions serve as centers of
indoctrination in the ideology of total state control. For what other
lesson do students learn from summertime homework than that, even when not
on duty, their lives belong to those running the New World Order?
Copyright 2005 by Frederick Meekins