Senior middle school students were heavily burdened with all kinds of homework. In the past, they spent about 6.5 hours in their classroom a day. At home, it took them 5 hours to finish their homework. So they only got less than 7 hours' sleep. Their free time was only three hours. As a result, their health was badly damaged.
Now the things are getting better. About five hours are spent in class and the time for homework had been reduced two hours. So that they have eight hours' sleep and also two more hours to do whatever they like.
Since our learning burden was reduced, we have had much more time to enjoy ourselves and develop our own abilities.
Last Saturday, I, together with my friends Zhang Ming and Li Hua, went to the bookstore. We had intended to buy some books to be used as extra homework. But we found that there were so many wonderful books, such as Chicken Soup for the Soul, that we just could not bear to put them down. At last after much mental struggle, we each bought 5 books, including 3 different copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul, so that we could exchange after reading.
Of course I did not forget my academic study. After I finished my homework, I previewed what to be learned in the next week. I also went online to get some information about what I did not understand in my studies, from which I gained a lot of knowledge.
In a nutshell, reducing the learning burden not only gives us more time to have fun but also offers a freedom to develop on our own.