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17 Sep 2014 26 Respondents
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Should we have compulsory journal-writing in all NZ schools?

Should we have compulsory journal-writing in all NZ schools?

According to some recent research, "the act of writing leads to strong physical and mental health benefits, like long-term improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms. In a 2005 study on the emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing, researchers found that just 15 to 20 minutes of writing three to five times over the course of the four-month study was enough to make a difference...Even those who suffer from specific diseases can improve their health through writing. Studies have shown that people with asthma who write have fewer attacks than those who don't. Cancer patients who write have more optimistic perspectives and improved quality of life. "
(Read the source article here: mic.com/articles/98348/science-shows-writers-have-a-serious-advantage-over-the-rest-of-us)

We may all remember the weekly (or even daily) journal-writing that happened in primary school, but often the demands of high school assessments and skills see journal-writing taper off in school once we reach teenage years. Writing in a journal is not something that can easily be assessed, and is more for the self-reflection and growth of the individual. Some may argue that journal-writing time at high school is an indulgence and that time should be better spent on learning measurable concepts.

However, with all of the claimed mental and physical health benefits of expressive writing, should we consider having compulsory journal-writing time in all schools (secondary as well as primary, not for assessment but for personal development and health)?
It is proposed that all schools should give students time to do journal-writing in the week.