The 17-year-old from Greenfield, Wisconsin, is suing both his advance calculus [Brit for precalculus —Jeff] teacher, Aaron Bieniek, and his school. 'There's not supposed to be any work when someone is on vacation,' he said. 'It should be my time to pursue whatever I like without having the school following me when it's not even the school year.'
The worry of three complicated maths projects hanging over him ruined his enjoyment of his 40-hour-a-week job as a summer camp counsellor last year. 'Not too many people were exactly happy with it. Nobody really likes to do homework, especially during the summer,' he said.
Ah, but it gets better. See, Peer Lawson, the student in question, was trying to get into the teacher's honors pre-calculus class. The teacher assigned three homework assignments over the summer leading into the course, promising to count only the best two as long as all three were turned in on time. Peer did eventually finish all the assignments.
The student's father is also participating in the lawsuit.
In the lawsuit, 17-year-old Peer Larson and his father, Bruce Larson of Hales Corners, argue that school officials have no legal authority to make students do homework over the summer because the state-required 180-day school year is over.
"It is poor public policy," Bruce Larson argues in the lawsuit. "These students are still children, yet they are subjected to increasing pressure to perform to ever-higher standards in numerous theaters.
"Come summer, they need a break."
Yes, that's right. It's the "Think of the chiillddrrruun!!" defense.
Dude. Your son is 17. He has a moustache. Show a little respect.
I don't buy the arguments about global marketplaces and competition with Japan. Life's too short to keep up with the
Joneses Suzukis. Personally, I think Peer should have been allowed to skip the summer homework assignments.
Oh wait, that's right, he was allowed to skip them! All he had to do was not take honors pre-calculus class, or at least accept a lower grade. Nobody is forcing Peer to take honors classes; nobody is forcing him to do the work necessary for an A. If he wants to do other things over the summer, great! Go for it! But that choice has consequences, just like any other choice. At 17 years old, Peer should already know that.
[via Foreign Dispatches]