Here’s a candidate for stupidest lawsuit:
A suburban Milwaukee teen and his dad are suing the boy’s math teacher for assigning homework to be done over summer vacation.
They are seeking to bar homework assignments over the summer.
Betsy points out the kid doesn’t have to do the homework, as long as he’s willing to take the zero.
Update: Here’s a link to a story with more details:
Peer Larson, 17, had lined up a dream camp counselor job last June, but honors pre-calculus homework turned his summer into a headache.
“It didn’t completely ruin my summer, but it did give me a lot of undue stress both at home and at work,” the high school junior said Thursday. “I just didn’t have the energy or the time for it.”
Larson and his father sued in Milwaukee County Circuit Court seeking the end of summer homework across the state. They argue that homework shouldn’t be required after the required 180-day school year is over.
“These students are still children, yet they are subjected to increasing pressure to perform to ever-higher standards in numerous theaters,” the suit said.
Honors courses require some summer work, administrators say. If Larson didn’t want to meet the higher standard of honors math, he could have chosen the regular math track. He wants the prestige of honors math without the stress.