You need to be in class by seven thirty or risk getting detention. Even though this panic feeling of being late and tired is all too familiar to most teenagers if not all, many schools still have starting times before seven thirty and don’t realize that it greatly affects the amount of sleep a teenager gets resulting in lower test scores. Although getting enough sleep may not seem like that hard of a task, medical research shows that teens who regularly get too little sleep are
This means that before this time, a student is not at their best, mentally until after. Personally, I wake up at 5:30 and I have noticed a significant difference compared to other days without school. The time when you wake up greatly influences your decisions and state of mind for the rest of the day, this means that with a proper sleeping schedule; you will be able to function properly. Another reason is that with a lack of sleep comes lack of attention and that can lead to worsening grades. For instance, whenever a student experience a bad night(basically every night), they tend to lose focus, feel slower, less responsive and overall not in the best condition.
(3-5) Other critics argue that exit exams might cause students who are already struggling academically to drop out of high school or get a general equivalency (GED) diploma instead. "There's no evidence that these exams encourage students to stay in school," Keith Gayler, of the Center on Education Policy, told The Boston Globe, some educators are also concerned that the exam will disproportionately hurt students for whom English is a second language and those who come from schools with already low graduation rates. Twenty-six states either currently have a high school exit exam or plan to put one in place. Given the number of high school students in these states, it means that exit exams affect more than two-thirds of the nation’s public high school students. These exams vary from state to state in terms of content and opportunities for students who do not pass to retake the test and/or demonstrate competency.
Do you or someone you know feel extremely tired, depressed, or sleepless when going to school? It seems that you're not the only one because many people around the world suffer this issue due to school start times. “Over 2/3 of teenagers and children do not receive all of their sleep requirements” (Yeager, page 1). Many questions are surrounded around school start times and how much it affects the student. Does school start times affect the students sleep in any way?
Most districts already have staggered start times for the schools and they report that delaying the high school start time would have a domino effect on all the schools which would become a disaster. Teens may be more likely to get the recommended amount of sleep. A delayed start time could help teens sleep during their natural sleep/wake cycles. Teens may be less likely to depend on caffeine to stay awake during the day. Sleeping longer could reduce health-related issues that accompany sleep deprivation.
Waking up super early for school is dangerous for many reasons. It may not seem very evident to you, but everyday teens are becoming unhealthier just because sleep is detrimental to their health. “Since the 1990’s, sleep researchers and other health professionals have been telling us that these early school hours are harming children” (Schoolstartlater.net). Sometimes starting school early can be a serious issue for more people than you think. In addition, sleep experts have concluded that there is one, and only one, solution to this problem.
Many studies have been done involving the correct amount of sleep for a teen and the positive effect it will have on them. Jessica Payne, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Norte Dame stated in this article “Without enough sleep, teenagers are losing the ability not only to solidify information but to transform and restructure it” (Hoffman). That means that teenagers without the right amount of sleep cannot concentrate and put the info they are gathering into a complete thought. That can be related to getting bad grades and not participating as much. Ms. LOU YOUNG a District Superintendent at Jessamine County said “We found that our students were more on time and in better attendance first period than they had been in a the past.” (Trudeau).
Success, the one thing that almost all teen strive for but maybe misdirected. Late start school will affect: transportation, health care, child care, and many other problems yet to be revealed. Late start will help no one. It will create countless problems along the way and is a big mistake. Traffic, budgets, and stress levels will all be affected for the worse in this joke of an idea called late start school.
In Conclusion, schools should start later than they usually do. It would be very beneficial for high schoolers for many reasons. A couple of those reasons are for grades, attendance, and sleep. “School timings not only affect the sleeping habits, but also the daily functioning of the body (Early)”. Not only the amount of sleep we get isn’t good, it’s bad for our body and the worse our body gets, the less we focus and the less energy we have.
Sadness is what one feels when thinking of the competitiveness of high school students today. Today’s teenagers are stressed out and sleep deprived, trying for that edge to make them better than the rest. Frank Bruni expresses this sadness in his article “Today’s Exhausted Superkids.” In the article, Bruni explains the problem with how hard today’s teenagers have to work and how it is affecting their growth, especially with sleep. Bruni states, “Before adulthood, a baseline amount is fundamental and nonnegotiable, or should be.” Everything in today’s society is enhanced and better; is it really? It is understandable to think it is not with hard-working, ambitious teenagers having to work harder to become successful.
In addition, students and adolescents academic performance is not as good as it could be. Rising at the crack of dawn also causes too many students to fall asleep in school because of their lack of sleep. Although early start times give all people more time after school, they are causing those people to be underprepared. Because of the lack of sleep, teenagers are getting more and more sleep deprived. What they do not know is