The problem is that adolescents stay up at least two and a half hours later than younger children do (Bergin 2). Older kids stay up for various reasons and younger children can fall asleep easier and earlier than high school students. Kids from elementary school all the way to high school tend to get up at relatively the same time but as stated before older kids go to sleep later than younger children. Ages 3-17 children tend to get up at the same time which is 7 a.m. (Bergin 1). The sleep patterns differ between high school students and elementary students but they are also very different between students and teachers.
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Some individuals feel that keeping the start times at their current time would be best for parents and school districts. However, many people believe that delaying school start times would positively impact students, outweighing the disadvantages. I believe that delaying school start times would be a magnificent idea for many schools. One reason why high school should start later than elementary schools is that with such early start times, the average high school students do not get enough sleep and are considered sleep deprived. According to a survey completed by The National Sleep Foundation, only 20% of high school students sleep the optimal 9 hours on school nights and 60% of children under the age of 18 have complained that they are tired throughout the school day to their parents (“School Start”).
When school starts so early in the morning teens bodies are not ready to get up and learn something the will be asked to recall on a later date. “A students natural clock isn’t set for a bright and early start” (Eveleth). Which is true, after puberty teen bodies are ‘programed’ to stay up later at night and get up later in the morning, making it hard for them to focus in school when they are forced against their “bodies natural make-up of sleeping in.” Instead they have to wake up early and go to school. The U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that “studies have shown that students do better if they start their school day rested and that while a later start time could be problematic for bus schedules, it’s ‘common sense’ that tells him teenagers are struggling to wake up early and make it to the buses,” He also added it is not his decision, it is up to each individual school (Varma-White). The start time is too early for students to be able to excel in school because their bodies are not ready for it.
Also, research shows students in early-starting schools are more likely to be tardy and absent than students in later-starting schools (Lamberg). Creating an arrival time that compliments the unique schedule of teenagers would encourage students to arrive on time, boost individual student achievement, and allow students to get more sleep. High schools should start later in the morning to better benefit the students both academically and for their healthents. High schools frequently have problems with tardy and absent students. Starting school bells contrast with adolescents sleep patterns and needs.
Just a Few More Minutes Students come to school half asleep, nod off in the middle of a lecture, and periodically get asked to why we’re all so incoherent. An arguably good reason would be having to balance school, work, sports, homework, any kind of social life, and going to bed at decent time. Getting roughly an hour longer of sleep could increase attention, test scores, positive attitudes, increase the urge to be in school, and possibly decrease truancy rates. A lack of sleep can also become dangerous in many cases. An extra hour of sleep could make all the difference in a teen’s life.
One of the main struggles for principles and school boards in elementary schools is wondering if the district should switch classes, therefore this debate has been going on for a long time. Expert’s opinions vary, so greatly, that the vote has gone on since 2006. So far, some districts have tried out departmentalization, but the group is not widespread. The schools that have integrated switching classes start at either kindergarten or fifth grade. Some, but not an innumerable group, have started in fourth; furthermore, some schools would rather start at kindergarten for the reason that starting them at that age has them already prepared for middle school when they reach that step in their life.