I’ll Sleep When It’s Done.

The average schedule of a student is filled with many activities both school related and not, one after another. In todays society students are often trading in sleep for homework, extracurriculars, and jobs. With high schools starting as early as 7:15, and going for a full day  of school then followed by after by activities such as band, sports, community service or jobs, then having to return home and do serval homework for multiple classes there are many late nights. Students today should not have to sacrifice their own health to be seen as a successful student. Society has certain view of what a successful or hardworking student is, but the perfect image is only achievable with sacrificing friends, mental health and sleep.  It is apparent that the importance of school is more so placed on grades, and less on the well being of the students and education its self. A “good” student will stay up through the night for a hard test memorizing everything they can and continue the rest of their day on few hours of sleep for a grade. A student who wants to care but feels to overwhelmed might fail a test and will be treated like this test grade number defines them. A desperate student will cheat on a test,proving that they had been taught to value the grade number more than learning. Students are overworked and the importance of certain aspects of school and student life in general are not evenly weighed.

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2 thoughts on “I’ll Sleep When It’s Done.”

  1. I want to expand on your idea of high school students not getting enough sleep. I know this feeling of not getting enough sleep all too well. My first year of high school the school day start time got changed from 8:45am to 7:30am. Not being a morning person I was not excited about this but that was just because I didn’t like to wake up early in the morning. What I didn’t realize at first was that it wasn’t just me who was upset by this it was everyone in my town. There are countless studies out there that prove that teenagers need at least 9 1/2 hours of sleep every night. With countless extracurricular activities and the homework from the high level classes that high school students are now expected to take there is a slight chance that all the students at my high school got to bed before 10:00pm. High schools should not be able to start before 8:30-9:00 so that teenagers have the opportunity to get the proper amount of sleep every night.

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  2. I think this is a very prevalent issue today, expectation of children in school are definitely too high. I like the concept of the perfect image of a student only being achieved through sacrifice of friends and health. There are arguably benefits to these high expectations, because some kids are surely accomplishing a lot because of them. But as you said it comes with a price, and it separates in probably not beneficial to most students, who will fall behind in such a quick pace and feel as though they’re not good enough, when perhaps they could be quite good at a couple things, but they’re not encouraged to focus on that, they’re encouraged to try to do more.

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