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School Should Start Later
Transcript of School Should Start Later
The natural tendency for teenagers is to stay up late and wake up later in the morning.
Evidence suggests that teenagers are indeed seriously sleep deprived. A recent poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that 60% of children under the age of 18 complained of being tired during the day, according to their parents, and 15% said they fell asleep at school during the year.
Improvement in attendance and enrollment rates, increased daytime alertness, and decreased student-reported depression. Many experts agree that adolescents require 81/2 to 91/4 hours of sleep each night, however, few actually get that much sleep.
Even with compelling research, changing school start times can be challenging for school districts. Administrators have to delay busing schedules. Coaches worry about scheduling practices and many parents rely on the current start times for reasons such as childcare or carpools.
Students are concerned that being in school later in the day means that it will cut into after-school jobs and other extracurricular activities. Still, there are convincing reasons to push back school start times.
The Other Side
Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day
Kids tend to skip breakfast in the morning because they don't have enough time. Some studies taken have shown that this give disadvantages. This makes unhealthy eating habits which can lead to lower test scores.
Less likelihood of experiencing depressed moods
Reduced likelihood for tardiness
Reduced risk of fall asleep car crashes
Reduced risk of metabolic and nutritional deficits associated with insufficient sleep, including obesity.
If School Started Later
Call to Action
Instead we could start school later around 9:00 a.m
How Sleep Impacts Education
These adolescent sleep patterns can have profound consequences for education. With classes in most high schools in the United States starting at around 7:20 a.m, high school students tend to rise at about 5:45 or 6 a.m. in order to get ready and catch the bus. It’s no wonder that 20 percent of students sleep during their first two hours of school, when their brains and bodies are still in a biological sleep mode.