It may be hard to admit, but there are times when it’s okay to get homework; a day when you have no extracurriculars, over the weekend, or a four-day weekend. Any of those times would be better than over Christmas break. It’s called a break for a reason. What is a break without… a break? Students don’t want to think about school and frankly, neither do teachers. People want to spend time with family, hang out with friends and go places. A huge project would hinder all of that.

It’s a two-week-long break, so there must be a lot of time to complete a project, right? Wrong! When it comes to family, you spend time with them whether you want to or not. Informing them that you have work to do would simply get the response of, “Do it later, you have to spend time with your cousins/grandparents/siblings/etc.” Family outings are a constant over the break and by the time you get home, it’s too late and you’re way too tired to think straight. Working on it in the morning is not an option because sleep is still a thing that people need. Especially hard-working students who wake up at five o’clock sharp every morning to get to school on time.

Some teachers argue that they are the ones who mark all our assignments over the break. There’s a solution: don’t cram all those assignments into the last week. The final project is due on the last day and is left with the teacher to work their butts off on when they should be spending time with their own family. There are even plenty of teachers that simply don’t mark their students’ assignments until January. On top of that, there’s a high chance that half of their class will not have completed it. Either because they legitimately didn’t have any time, because they forgot, or because they chose to out of spite.

So, to prevent a student uprising and the frustration of their teachers, teachers should not hand out homework over the break. There is absolutely no point to it when they can just continue everything after the break.