We, those enrolled in AP Literature at CPHS, ask politely and maturely that our teachers either postpone the midterm essays or alter them in the future to decrease students' suffering.
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We have been told since we were young that we were "gifted and talented" and that as "honors students" we should be able to tackle more homework, assignments, rigor, etc. We're all for being challenged, but there comes a point when "being challenged" becomes "destroying our mental health." As someone who personally battles chronic anxiety and depression (a fact of which my AP Lit teacher is aware), the stress of writing two research essays that are worth 10% of my grade is detrimental to my health. And I know I am not the only one who feels like this. Check my twitter timeline and see for yourself. We have been told that we need to get involved, participate in extra-curriculars, give back to the community, get a job, AND maintain a great GPA with multiple AP and Honors classes in our schedule. Although this may be possible, is it really worth risking the physical and mental health of 16 and 17 year olds? We are honors students, correct, and we are willing to work hard to maintain our grades, but the reward for being "gifted" should not be the deterioration of our mental health.
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