Help enforce the 10 minute rule for homework in the LPS District

Help enforce the 10 minute rule for homework in the LPS District

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Joel Toof started this petition to Lincoln Public Schools

There is an excessive amount of homework for students in higher grades, approximately 3.1 hours, which has led to an increase in stress, has led to a lack of sleep and health problems, and even a sense of more isolation, or lack of social life. Studies have shown that people who are sleep deprived tend to be more lonely and  less social towards others, and for non-sleep deprived people, they say that sleep deprived people are less socially desirable to them. Sleep deprivation can also lead to anything from car crashes to weight gain. Studies also show that increase in stress can lead to restlessness, anxiety, drug or alcohol abuse, angry outbursts, and many more body, thought, mood, and behavior effects. To help combat this from happening we can enforce the 10 minute rule, which is a homework rule of thumb that is supported by the National PTA and National Education Association. This rule sets a maximum of 10 minutes of homework a day per grade, so a third grader would have 30 minutes of homework a day, a sixth grader would have an hour, and so on. Now, a study done by Stanford shows that high school students, who should have about 90-120 minutes of daily homework MAX, have about an extra 60 minutes onto their daily homework, which is too much. Because of this, I think that there needs to be more enforcement of the rule so there is no excess of homework.

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