Is Summer reading necessary?

By guest columnist Reagan Carson

    It’s finally summer! The season that everyone waits for. You can finally kick back, relax, and do nothing. But sadly, we are then assigned summer reading. And now a part of the summer is ruined.


But what is summer reading? Summer reading is a project assigned in the summer. This can range from a simple book report to an in-depth project. While we may be out for the summer, we are still assigned work. This is because students who read over the summer gain reading skills. But students who do not lose three months’ worth of what they could have learned.


Now with all this said, do we still need summer reading? Well, yes, actually. As much as it pains me to say, summer reading is important. Students who don’t read over the summer lose things they have learned. Some other benefits of summer reading include keeping reading skills up, developing an interest in books, and encouraging reading as a lifelong habit.


Educators have different opinions on summer reading assignments. Some say it is necessary because it helps their students. Others think summer reading is not necessary as forcing reading makes it a requirement and not fun. Although, some educators say if they make a list full of good books and let their students choose, it makes the assignment more enjoyable. Personally, I think being able to choose your books makes it much better.


So, with all of these benefits, why do students hate it? The answer is simple: students would rather relax over the summer. They feel that since they are on vacation they shouldn’t have work. Sometimes they think the books are boring, or they just don’t like to read and write about what they read. In addition, many students are very busy over the summer; they simply don’t have the time.


I asked eleven seventh graders if they enjoyed summer reading, and ten of them said no. When I asked Carter Manwarring his thoughts on assigned summer reading, he quickly answered, “It’s death in its purest form.” Peyton Sawyer reasoned that “it’s a waste of time. I’m busy and I have a life.”


Of the eleven, Davis Barton was the only one who enjoyed summer reading. “I enjoy summer reading because I get to read,” Barton said.


I see how summer reading can be a good and bad thing. On one side, it helps students to remember what they have learned, gain reading skills, and acquire an interest in reading. But on the other side, it’s our summer; it’s our time to unwind and get ready for another year. In my opinion summer reading is necessary. It helps with your reading and writing skills. I know many students don’t want summer reading, but in the end, it helps.