By Ryan Kupperman, executive news editor
Along with the new academic schedule of the 2017-18 school year, District 214’s calendar committee has mandated that teachers not assign work to kids over Homecoming and Presidents’ day weekends and Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring breaks.
According to Associate Principal Scott McDermott, the no homework weekends are mandatory when it comes to assigning students work, but they were also created so teachers won’t have to do any work either. Teachers are only permitted to give homework if they have special permission from McDermott.
“The intent of [the no homework weekends] is positive any way you look at it,” McDermott said. “And personally, I can’t see any one weekend being detrimental to the outcome of a course.”
McDermott also says that teachers at Prospect are very good about adhering to rules and shouldn’t have trouble following the no homework weekend schedule.
World History teacher Dave Schnell also sees these weekends as positives when it comes to students having time to themselves as well as teachers being able to take those breaks off.
“I don’t think[students] going to be that upset,” Schnell said. “I think the only thing that you’re going to see is there is going to be some navigating with teachers as to what a no homework weekend means. If that means homework can’t be specifically assigned for the weekend, meaning I can’t give an assignment on Friday that is due Monday.
Or can I assign something on Thursday and then say it’s not due until Tuesday; it’s your choice to when you want to get it done. So I think there is going to be a bit of a gray zone, in terms of how it is going to be implemented and what’s going to happen.”
Sophomore Joseph Lebrecht feels, along with McDermott and Schnell, that only positives thing will come out of these weekends.
“I feel like it’s (no homework weekends) definitely warranted,” Lebrecht said. “You should be spending your time celebrating a holiday rather than having to stress about homework … The class would move a bit slower, but that might be good for some people to catch up.”