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Should schools start later in the morning?

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brett thorpe

on 25 October 2012

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Transcript of Should schools start later in the morning?

Yes they should Should schools start later in the morning? Provides benefits to students Provides benefits to teachers Proof of teenage sleeping patterns Waking up early leaves teens with tough and regrettable decisions students are actually getting adequate amounts of sleep each night A survey from Science Daily, May 2007 found that out of 280 students, only 16% said they got enough sleep Extra sleep is better for learning A study completed at St George's boarding day school Rhode Island,Middletown found that pushing the school starting time back half an hour made the students happier, well nourished and more alert in class Sleeping in is better for a teenagers health Adolescents require a minimum of 8-9 hours sleep per night and at the same time go through a sleep phase delay meaning their body clocks change from wanting to go to sleep at 9pm to 12am and making them want to sleep in the extra time in the morning. Though because school begins earlier then this each morning it means a reduction in time sleeping and causes sleep deprivation School starting later also has benefits towards the teachers This is because some teachers travel incredible distances to get to work each day and get up very early to do so Even if the teachers continue to get up at their normal times for an earlier school starting time, it gives them more time to prepare lessons which still holds benefits for students who if sleeping in will be more alert in class If teachers sleep in the benefits are just as good for them as it is for the students http://familyfood.hiddenvalley.com/happens-teenagers-dont-eat-breakfast-2982.html Research has found that approximately 25% of teenagers get less than 6.5 hours sleep on weeknights, while only 15% get more than 8.5 hours. Biological sleep patterns (circadian timing system) change during adolescence resulting in a teenagers natural sleep pattern starting later in at night. Research suggests this pattern does not change back until the early 20’s. Many teens, particularly older ones, find it hard to sleep before 11pm. Most high schools start before 9am. http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2007/05/03/1913123.htm Teens decide to skip breakfast to try to get more sleep So in summary... (cc) photo by medhead on Flickr A later starting time for school will benefit both students and teachers Students are more alert and responsive in class leading to smarter students Students are also healthier as they are not skipping meals to try and get more sleep before school References ABC Science. (2007). Teenage sleep. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2007/05/03/1913123.htm
American Thoracic Society (2007, May 21). Start School Later In The Morning, Say Sleepy Teens. ScienceDaily. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com¬ /releases/2007/05/070520130046.htm

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