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A Petition to Allot a 30-minute Rest Time in the Schedule of the Senior High School Students in the School of Saint Anthony

“Even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work and helps  make something of the world.”  ― Heraclitus, Fragments

Education is the main reason for the establishment of schools and other learning institutions. It is an important tool that many people equip themselves with in order to thrive in this society. According to the site Your Article Library there are numerous important factors that affects the learning process. The list includes factors that make up the learner’s own well being.


When a student is emotionally or physically unwell he/she is most likely unable to process and absorb the information taught by the teacher. However, there are also times when the inward hindrance doesn’t come from the ailments that students acquire externally. The body processes of an individual might be the factor affecting his/her emotional state, making learning difficult for that person.


Take the body process in our digestive system for example. After lunch, a lot of students may feel sleepy. The reason behind this is simple. According to Jemma O'Hanlon, an accredited practicing dietitian, the amount of carbohydrates a person eats at lunch can affect how sleepy he/she feels afterward.


Carbohydrate containing foods such as bread, pasta, rice and potatoes boost the production of a neurotransmitter known as serotonin, which can boost a person’s mood but also make him/her feel content and possibly sleepy.


The effect of this process in the academic performance of students is shown in one study that concludes that the productivity of students is higher in the morning than the afternoon. Data from this research by Nolan G. Pope of the University of Chicago showed that students who had Math classes in their first two periods had higher scores in the math section of the California Standard Test than those students who had math class during the last two periods of the day.


Now that the root of the problem regarding the learning process of the students during the afternoon is known, a solution must be provided to address this concern.

Based on experience and observation, the petitioners perceived that this complication also occurs in their own school. And for this reason the petitioners propose that a 30-minute break for rest should be included in the schedule of the Senior High School students in the School of Saint Anthony in order for the students to have the adequate energy and right emotional state to perform well in their classes scheduled in the afternoon.

If you have any inquiries regarding the details of this proposal, our team also has a website where we’ve laid out all the plans for this petition. If you want to check it out go to WeNeedSleepPlease.wordpress.com

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