I dunno about other schools, but mine is one of the ones that gives us summer assignments. We are given the equivalent of a term paper (only it has less relevance to anything at all) and are asked to complete it. We get one for English and Math, though sometimes we get one for Social Studies. Now what I don't get is why we have them. The assignment is pretty much summer-long busy work and accomplishes nothing. Some would say it prepares you for the next year of school, but that would only apply to the math assignment. Usually when we do a paper for english, we can show it to our teacher so she can help us fix it up before we hand it in. This is how we learn not to make certain mistakes. Now how can we do this over the summer? The assignments are also due the first day of class, so its not like we can get help from the teacher apon returning or anything. Also, they are graded and count as a big part of our first marking period grade. So if you go into a class and don't understand some of the work on the assignment, it means you get a bad grade for the first marking period. How dumb is that? It'd be one thing if it was prepatory work or extra credit stuff, but its not. Its a real assignment that accomplishes nothing. For this upcoming year, we have to do the first two chapters of work from the next math book (I'm going into Pre-Calc Honors) and have complete work and everything. Its around 75 (tough) questions. Can anyone give me reasons why they would possibly do this to us?