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Consideration of Students

  Children are subjected to many years of schooling, raising the question: when does it become too much for their developing minds? Throughout childhood, maintaining a healthy relationship with school is challenging. Initially, children may feel excited about school, but this enthusiasm often dies down as they grow older. High school students, in particular, face immense pressure with hours of classes, homework, and extracurricular activities. This leads to high-stress levels and emotional strain. Many students remain at school until late afternoon due to sports and other activities, and some even work part-time jobs that go into the night, leaving them with little time for rest and assignments that they have.

  Excessive stress and lack of sleep on teenagers are significantly harming their bodies, affecting their physical and mental health. These lead to symptoms such as headaches, depression, high blood pressure, digestive issues, and even heart disease can result from chronic stress and lack of sleep. When students prioritize homework over their health, the consequences can be severe and even long-lasting. Recognizing that adolescence is a period of rapid physical and emotional development is necessary for students to thrive in a school environment. 

  School should be a place of learning and growth, yet the high demands placed on students can lead to burnout and have the opposite effect on growth. The constant pressure to excel academically, participate in sports, and engage in extracurricular activities creates a stressful environment. This pressure often stems from societal expectations, parents, and the belief that success in these areas is crucial for future opportunities. However, this overlooks the importance of balance. The educational system needs to approach students prioritizing school differently.

  Schools should focus not only on academic achievements but also on fostering a supportive environment where students feel valued and understood. This involves training teachers to recognize signs of stress and mental health issues and equipping them with the tools to support students effectively.

  Bullying is another critical issue within different schools. From an early age, children form opinions and personalities influenced by their parents and the internet. Unfortunately, kids can be brutally honest and often express their opinions in hurtful ways. Experiencing bullying at any age can have mental health effects. The seriousness of bullying is often underestimated until a tragic event, such as a teen suicide, brings it to light. Many suicides among teenagers are linked to bullying and harassment at school or online, highlighting the need for greater awareness and intervention.

  The rise of social media has increased bullying, extending it beyond school grounds and into the online world. Cyberbullying can seem never-ending to some students, making it difficult for victims to escape. Educators and parents must work together to recognize and to create a welcoming environment, and to teach children at a young age the importance of kindness and the impact of their words and actions. 

  Online schooling is often viewed negatively, with many people arguing that it deprives students of friendships and traditional high school experiences. However, this perspective overlooks the reasons behind these students being in online school. Many students choose to go online due to bullying or overwhelming stress. For these students, online school offers an alternative that can accommodate their situations.

  Online education can also benefit students with special needs, mental disorders, or those who require a different pace of learning. It allows for a more individualized approach, which is beneficial to students who need more self-paced learning. Additionally, online schooling can help students develop important skills such as self-discipline, time management, and independent learning. 

  The flexibility of online schooling also allows students to pursue passions and interests that may not fit into a traditional school schedule. For example, young athletes or artists can manage their training and practice schedules more effectively without sacrificing their education or well-being. This flexibility can lead to a more balanced school experience, where students can excel both academically and in their chosen fields.

  The current schooling system places stress on young minds, affecting their health and well-being. Addressing these issues requires a more balanced approach to education, greater support for mental health, and flexible alternatives like online schooling for those who need it. It is crucial to recognize the needs of students and to create an educational environment that prioritizes their overall development and happiness. By doing this, we can ensure that children and teenagers thrive both academically and mentally, leading to them prospering in school.

  Schools, and parents, must work together to reform the educational system to better support the health and well-being of students. By reducing homework loads, starting school later in the morning to align with teenagers natural sleep cycles, and providing more resources for mental health support students would do better in school, and enjoy it more.

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