University Bans Homework Over Break

homeworkstressBreak is awesome.

But more often than not, even with a week or two off of school, you’re still stuck bringing your organic chemistry book to the beach or writing your paper for Medieval history in the car on your eight hour road trip to Mardi Gras.  In short, sometimes a school break is not really a break from school.

Things might be changing though for Ivy League school, Cornell University.  The Cornell Daily Sun writes that the university’s faculty senate has proposed a ban on last-minute homework assigned right before break and due right after.   While some professors argue that small homework assignments have no relation to Cornell college students’ mental health issues, others, including Professor David Delchamps finds that “several small assignments can amount to a stressful time commitment for students on break.”

Professors might find their assignments not stressful, but with several different assignments from different classes, it adds up and affects students.

Would you like this type of proposal implemented at your college?

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  1. Alexis Kaisharis says:

    I had an exam the first day back from Spring Break! I also had a huge project due the week we got back, and we didn’t get all of the details for either of them until right before break!!!! I spent more time studying then actually having a break!!!

  2. Stacey says:

    Going to school full time and working is something that many students have to do. A break is just, a break from having to balance homework and 10 page papers and everything else. It takes away from some of the stress for a few days to let us students relax and catch breath.

    I was given a last minute take home test right before Spring Break. I really don’t blame my Brit Lit professor as there was a scheduling conflict, but now I have to spend my spring break writing up a few pages in responses to the questions and it really sucks. I should be hanging out with my friends and going to the beach.

  3. Steph says:

    Um, no. This is college. It requires a huge time commitment. Kids in grade school in other countries have a longer school year than a typical American college student. If getting a degree were easy, everyone would do it and it wouldn’t be worth nearly as much. Summer is the only real break we should get.

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