Lessen the Homework load for students

Lessen the Homework load for students

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Jayden Robinson started this petition to School District of Pickens County and

During the year 2020, I've noticed we've been receiving a sudden rise in the homework count compared to the count during 2019. At first, I was fine with it, as I assumed it was just due to last year's end, but in reality that was a false assumption. We're in the second quarter, and the amount of work we have is ridiculous. And this doesn't just go to our school- this goes for several, such as my previous school, which rarely had assigned homework. I find this unnecessary, as this is only causing stress and time consumption. Stress can lead to depression and self-loathing, which later leads to suicidal tendencies- which leads to suicide rates rising for students. I understand that this might be mandatory that we have homework, but according to a study conducted by Education Scholar Denis Pope, "...too much homework can negatively affect kids, especially their lives away from school, where family, friends and activities matter." This information can be found on https://news.stanford.edu/2014/03/10/too-much-homework-031014/ but what I take from it is: Too much homework is going to cause students stress, and this stress affects mental ability, focus, and ability to sleep, as these students are too busy doing homework instead of sleeping or eating. This isn't healthy, as we're required to achieve AT LEAST 8 hours of sleep, as well as eat 3 meals a day (maybe 2 depending on what you'd prefer.) 
This homework rise is also affecting students participating in after-school activities more than students who don't, as these students are out practicing and having games. These students are probably the ones affected most even, as they're balancing a life outside of school, as well as the overbearing stress from homework, which would require them to probably do said homework in the middle of the night even though they need to sleep (which follows up on my previous statement.)
I understand some of the teachers don't assign too much homework, but those of you who do are practically assigning stress on a platter instead of material to help the student, which is why I ask for at least a 60-70% decrease. I personally feel that replacing homework with studying it would be easier on us, PLUS those of us who do not need to study and have sports can balance their life in-school and outside of school MUCH easier. 
In summary: The workload we have this year is far too much and is only going to cause us stress, sleep deprivation, possible eating disorders, and maybe even develop suicidal tendencies. Not everyone can handle this much work- not even the strongest of minds, which is why I feel like the workload should be decreased or cut entirely. 

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