Let's Decrease Homework and Reduce Depression in Students

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Many people have experienced a time when their homework took a large period of time that should've been used for sleeping, those times often being very few. However, for some New York City students, this is an everyday issue. High School students specifically have often been put at a standpoint where they must choose between getting a full nights sleep, which is 10 hours for teenagers, or completing their homework. Although many teachers attempt to write this off as students trying to avoid work, many forget that a student's life may be more complex than simply having to go to school. Many high school students participate in other activities such as sports and/or working which also require a lot of time. Others live far away causing them to have a 4-hour commute to and from school. For some, it's both. Many are left with no time to have fun and others having to quit working or other activities in order to get by sleeping. However, quitting isn't an option for everyone.  This has caused many students to become stressed and depressed as a result of the lack of sleep and lack of personal pleasures. 

As a result, we, as High School Seniors, would like to present a petition to decrease the amount of homework for high school students to 2-hours. With the understanding that homework is often used as a tool for practice and retention, decreasing the amount of time a student has to spend doing homework is the best compromise. Not only will it allow for them to gain real-world experience in their extracurricular activities, it will allow them to have a full night's sleep allowing them to focus better.  



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