Thesis Statement Draft
Although,teachers may believe summer assignments are beneficial towards flourishing students; others such as parents and relatives seem to differ. Summer assignments appear as a fantastic idea to keep students prepared for the upcoming school year; until you see the miserable state many students suffer through while they tackle throughout the numerous summer assignments passed on by each AP/honor department teacher.
Source 1 Title:The summer conundrum: Fight brain drain, or give the kids a break
Evidence:Research also tells us that physical activity is essential for optimal brain performance, that brains need breaks to recharge(The summer conundrum: Fight brain drain, or give the kids a break).
Commentary:Many teachers believe students lose about two2 months of reading and math during the summer, and learn absolutely nothing over the two2 month time period, but that is extremely untrue. The new adventures students discover over the summer may not be exactly what the teachers agenda needs while physical activity is just what the student needs to recharge and develop from school stressors.
Evidence: People also learn in unstructured ways. Digging for insects in the dirt may be just as beneficial as dissecting them in a lab.(The summer conundrum: Fight brain drain, or give the kids a break)
Commentary: While dissecting insects in a lab is beneficial; students dissecting out of school playing with their peers learn just as much as in a lab. Although, teachers believe students learn little to no education over the summer break that may not be the case. Many students learn in a shapeless ways. No, they may not be in a classroom with high demands, but they do learn what they find interesting.
Evidence: Brain drain is real because weve essentially created a system that measures progress early and often and leaves no room for a gradual return to peak performance in the fall.(The summer conundrum: Fight brain drain, or give the kids a break)
Commentary: From the article The summer conundrum: Fight brain drain, or give the kids a break they conducted an experiment of a child’s brain that soon explained an overstressed brain is no brain.Therefore, summer is the time for teens recharge session.Without a successful recharge many teens develop mental disorders such as anxiety and depression if not rested properly.
Source 2 Title:
Are Kids Depressed Because They Dont Just Play Anymore?
Evidence: Notion that most or even many children and youth are over-scheduled and suffering as a result.(Are Kids Depressed Because They Dont Just Play Anymore?)
Commentary: Overscheduled equals overstressed according to the speech Peter Gray presented at Boston college. The current children now never have free time of their own. With heavy schedules more teens are now developing anxiety from the academic pressure put upon them. Now, more schools demand summer assignments causing teens stressors by the end of August to assure all summer packets and novels are done and ready for the new school year.
Evidence: Decline in free play as 26% for all children around the U.S.(Are Kids Depressed Because They Dont Just Play Anymore?)
Commentary: Assigning summer packets cheats the students out of their time of relaxation and free play. If other school subjects can fit the whole curriculum in one school year, why can’t AP classes deliver the same. Every student deserves to have their free play, so why is it taken away from them each summer.
Include these in essay