Benefits Of Later Starting School

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I believe that school days should have a later start time for the sake of teens. The lack of sleep affects teens in many major ways, such as, obesity, depression and an overall lower quality of life comes from the lack of sleep and early start times in schools. Kids are recommended between 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep every night to be able to function both physically and mentally. Researchers that studied students from eight different schools have found there is a major increase in attendance, test scores, and overall grades when school started later. They also saw a decrease in tardiness, substance abuse, and depression. Some schools even saw a difference in the amount of teen car crashes. Unfortunately, some parents disagree with a later …show more content…
A later start in the day allows students to sleep in longer and get the sleep they need. Adults want teens to be more awake and alert in the morning so they can learn and participate at a higher level. Students can thrive better mentally and physically which helps them do better in school. Students normally have better attendance, grades and a lower rate in depression. Sleeping in later gives teens the energy they need to perform everyday at school. Everybody learns better when they’re awake (Richmond). Most students don’t fully wake up till 3rd period, anytime before that they don’t learn properly. Usually for teens it is more difficult for them to fall asleep earlier at night, compared to other ages (Richmond). So waking up early becomes harder and harder for teens every …show more content…
Parents think it will push back or even cancel their sport practices or any other extra curricular activities. Also they might rely on their teens to watch their younger siblings after school while at work. The problem is parents are only thinking about the negative things. They don 't think how it could help teens with more sleep. Another problem we’re facing is that most schools and parents want to save money. The school board saves money by doubling up on buses. (Later High School Start). They combine the younger kids and the older kids on the same bus for the morning route. After school sports are not the only thing that may affect a later school day. Most parents encourage their kids to have an after school job. If school starts later in the morning and ends later in the afternoon this could mess up their work schedule, shorten their hours, and even sometimes making is so they can’t work at all. I believe all of these problems can be fixed in some way, so teens don’t stress about all their problems and can get more sleep and do better in school. High school days should start later because it would benefit both the students and the school system. Many adults don 't agree with the changing of school times, but pushing back school later helps teens extremely. Yes, it can affect afternoon activities, but also it can help teens be more lively and motivated with the

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