Teacher's Summer Homework List Goes Viral

Tasks include walking on the beach, dancing
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2015 10:33 AM CDT
Updated Jun 9, 2015 6:16 PM CDT
Teacher's Summer Homework List Goes Viral
Cesare Cata hopes to inspire students with his unique homework list.   (Facebook)

Thankful your school days are over? An Italian teacher's summer homework list might make you want to get back to class. Though most Italian students put pen to paper for scholarly pursuits through their summer holidays from mid-June to mid-September, Cesare Cata—a secondary school teacher at the Don Bosco school in Fermo, reports the Huffington Post—has other ideas. Among the 15 tasks on his homework list, which has been shared nearly 5,000 times on Facebook, per the BBC: "at least once, go and watch the sunrise," walk beside the sea "thinking of the things you love in life," dance boldly because "summer is a dance, and it is foolish not to take part," and "be cheerful as the sun, untameable as the sea."

Cata also recommends lots of reading "but not because you have to," and hopes students will use all of the new words they learned over the school year. "The more things you can say, the more things you can think; and the more things you can think, the freer you are," he says in a good imitation of Dr. Seuss. On social media, many are praising the list and the teacher, who Italy's ANSA reports was inspired by Robin Williams' character in Dead Poets Society. "I wish I'd had a teacher like you who encourages reflection and introspection," an individual writes in the Facebook comments. Another adds, "With a teacher like you, I would go back to school tomorrow!" (A Swedish city is considering banning homework altogether.)

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