Should School Start Later In The Morning?

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“Should school start later in the morning?”

The natural tendency for teenagers is to stay up late at night and wake up later in the morning. Researches indicate that school bells that ring from earlier than 7:00am through 7:30am in many parts of the country stand in sharp contrast with adolescents ' sleep patterns and needs. By having schools delay their starting time, communities will reduce tardiness, car crash rates caused by teenagers, sleeping and class, and depression, but also improve attendance, graduation rates, mental and physical health and standardized testing scores. Waking up at the crack of dawn for another day of school isn’t amusing for anyone: not for the millions of kids who have to be at school before 8:30 AM and certainly
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Both the CDC and the pediatricians’ group cited significant risks that come with lack of sleep, including higher rates of obesity and depression and motor-vehicle accidents among teens as well as an overall lower quality of life. “Getting enough sleep is important for students’ health, safety, and academic performance,” Anne Wheaton, the lead author and epidemiologist in the CDC’s Division of Population Health, said in a statement. “Early school start times, however, are preventing many adolescents from getting the sleep they …show more content…
Teens spend a great portion of each day in school; however, they are unable to maximize the learning opportunities afforded by the education system, since sleep deprivation impairs their ability to be alert, pay attention, solve problems, cope with stress and retain information. Young people who do not get enough sleep night after night carry a significant risk for drowsy driving; emotional and behavioral problems such as irritability, depression, poor impulse control and violence; health complaints; tobacco and alcohol use; impaired cognitive function and decision-making; and lower overall performance in everything from academics to athletics. It is essential to take an effective step to stop this issues now, before teens can be even more

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