Summer break is always a hot topic between parents and students regarding whether the break is too long or not long enough. Whichever choice you decide to lean towards normally depends on what you did throughout the summer. When you have no summer plans, the break is never ending. When your summer is packed with “fun in the sun,” then it is too short.

For some students, summer vacation will consist of a dizzying array of chores or being sent off to play a sport or attend a summer camp, however for others, it consists of sitting home, doing absolutely nothing. Either way, break is much too long for students to waste their time being lazy.

“Once school ended, I had reached my breaking point with early morning hassles, homework, and the pressure of succeeding, however halfway through summer, school sounded more intriguing than boredom” junior Marina Ledesma said.

According to the 2012 survey conducted by Teen Health by Nemours website (http://teenhealth.org) about 52% of the people said their summer vacation would be just the right amount of busy and the perfect amount of relaxation. However, this is not the case. Instead of students being busy during the summer, they use their time to sit around.

“Video games are only entertaining for a certain amount of time. I decided to get a job and go to work for the last half of summer break in order to cure my boredom and stop costing my parents so much money,” junior Anthony Leoni said.

With power bills and water bills drastically increasing, parents would agree that summer break is too long. Summer break is much too long for students to be wasting it away by staying at home all day, every day.

“My kids get bored and want to eat more or they have friends over causing the air conditioning and power bills to skyrocket along with my grocery bill,” Physics teacher, Mrs. Elizabeth Williams said.

Not only does your parents’ money suffer, but your academic skills do as well. Anytime you stop doing something on a regular basis, whether it’s solving math problems or writing paragraphs, your ability to do it well weakens. As summer break drags on and on, students’ knowledge slowly fades away. By fall, teachers are stuck dealing with students’ poor mathematics, reading, science, and social study skills, lost in the idleness of summer.

According to John Hopkins sociology Professor Karl Alexander in his article: Summer Can Set Kids on the Right—or Wrong—Course, it is normal for all young people to experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Along with learning losses, students also typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.

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Since the length of summer vacation hasn’t changed yet, the solution to keeping students’ skills sharp throughout summer break would be to complete workbooks, do summer homework, or refresh your memory by looking through notes from the previous year. This solution can only occur if parents enforce it.

Summer vacation isn’t likely to change; however if it were to change, it should be six weeks instead of eleven. With break being shorter, students are likely to continue retaining the information they learned throughout the school year by focusing on summer homework.