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February 11, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(6):437-438. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740060053024

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Overworking the School Children  In spite of many reforms in the public schools, hygienic principles have not been sufficiently applied to the problem of fatigue caused by intensive study or long hours. The burdening of school children is still a subject of much discussion. To be sure, the schools should not be made solely responsible, for personal and domestic conditions may be incriminated in part. However, the schools would aid in solving the question if they would base their pedagogic theories to a greater extent on physiologic considerations.There are three factors that constantly cause complaint: home work, the long recitation periods and extracurricular activities. Frequently, the child is overtaxed beyond the point of recovery. The child's physiologic functions become impaired, and the true condition is not recognized. He is thought to have become indolent or indifferent. An overburdening of younger children may easily occur when spurred on unduly by

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