When I was 14 (just a year and a half ago mate), I was being asked to copy Geography essays from the Text Book to a notebook.
Read that again for a second. Copy. Damn Copy. I'm treated no better than a photocopier. Sigh.
I'm still in high school here, in India, and gotta say, it sucks. It's not that it's too easy: It's hard, but in a wrong kinda way. Like I said, being a photocopier is hard. Useless too.
You're lucky. I'm jealous I would be practically be loving it if they gave me something as hard as researching and writing essays