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So if a teenager is at school for roughly 8 hours, and they are doing homework for 6+ hours, and they need AT LEAST 9 HOURS OF SLEEP FOR THEIR DEVELOPING BRAINS, then they may have 0-1 hours for other activities like eating, bathing, exercise, socializing (which is actually incredibly important for emotional, mental, and physical health, as well as the development of skills vital to their future career and having healthy romantic relationships among other things), religious activities, hobbies, extra curriculars, medical care of any kind, chores (also a skill/habit development thing and required by many parents), relaxation, and family time?  Not to mention that your parents may or may not pressure you to get a job, or you might need to get one for economic reasons.

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Or consider it this way: the rule of thumb we’re taught in college is that a student should plan to spend roughly four hours *per week* per credit hour on homework and studying, and a college student is considered full time at 12 credits per term. That’s an expected 36 hours of homework for the week.

And here you’ve got high school students expected to do six hours *per day* of homework/studying, i.e. 42 hours a week. That’s got a high school student with AP classes expected to average a *heavier* sustained workload than an adult college student.

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