Starting school at such an early time is not good for teenager’s health.
Getting enough sleep is crucial to the academic performance of high school students. Starting school as early as eight in the morning is preventing many students from getting the sleep they need. In more than 4o states, school starts as early as eight in the morning, according to the CDC’s report.
“Researchers analyzed data from more than 9,000 students at eight high schools in Minnesota, Colorado, and Wyoming and found that shifting the school day later in the morning resulted in a boost in attendance, test scores, and grades in math, English, science, and social studies,” reports the CDC. Those schools also saw an improvement in attendance and less tardiness.
Teens are at an important stage of their growth and development. Because of this, they need more sleep than adults. The average teen needs about nine hours of sleep each night to feel alert and well rested. There are many factors that keep teens from getting enough sleep such as cellphones, laptops, television, and many other electronic devices.
Teens are always yawning and falling asleep in class. That’s because during the teenage years, the need for longer sleep durations and later wake up times is very important. Most kids I see in my classes are always sleeping, yawning, or resting their head on their arm.
Classes such as English, math, and history are especially hard to stay awake in because the material may not be as movement-based as classes like art, creative writing, or animal science. I myself have a hard time staying fully aware of what’s being taught because I am so sleepy during the school day.
Lexie McKenzie says, “For one, we would have more motivation to learn and do our work, because we wouldn’t be so tired all the time.” She has a very good point. If high school students got more sleep and were able to wake up later, we would be more motivated to do our assignments and pay attention in class.
School should start later because students will be more determined and motivated to learn, do their work, and pay attention. Students’ attendance would be better, tardiness would be lessened, and grades would be improved.