School Start Times

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I set an alarm for school in the morning. I’m ready for a new day at school tomorrow. To get ready I brush my teeth, take a shower, and crawl under my blanket. But, I can’t go to sleep, I can’t resist the urge to stare at the blue light on my screen, or stare at the darkness. No matter how hard I try I can’t seem to fall asleep. Then suddenly I realize that school starts at 7:30 tomorrow morning and it’s somehow 11:30 p.m. now. I will barely get any sleep and I’ll most likely be late for class. If only school started later in the day then I wouldn’t have to worry getting to school so late. In schools districts, teens should have later school start times because it can affect the way they perform in school and it can also give teens the amount…show more content…
In the article, “Bright and Early… or Not?”Achieve 3000 writes, “In fact, research form countries around the world. Including the U.S., Brazil, Italy, and Israel, confirms that adolescents who get enough sleep are healthier overall. They also do better in school. Studies indicate that delaying school start times is a key factor in helping adolescents get the sleep they need.” This piece of evidence supports the reason that later school start times can show better performance in school because in the piece of text evidence it is basically saying that they did a research study and found that later school start time caused students to actually perform better in school and added on to that they are also healthier. Another piece of evidence from the article, “Support for Sleeping in? Half of Parents Favor Later School Start Times for Teen”, by Mental Health Weekly Digest, it states, “The AAP recommends that adolescents receive 8.5 - 9.5 hours of sleep each night… Lack of sleep has been linked to mental health problems, increased risk of motor vehicle accidents and a decline in school performance.” This piece of evidence supports the fact that later times increase school performance because it is telling the reader that of Teens have lack of sleep then that can decrease…show more content…
“So why don’t teens - who need about nine hours of sleep each night - just go to bed earlier? Researcher Paul Kelley from the University of Oxford in England says that adolescents experience a change in their biological clocks. As a result, they naturally fall asleep later in the morning.” Achieve 3000 writes. This piece of evidence can support the fact that later schools start times can be beneficial for teens because they have changes in their biological clocks they tend to wake up later and if schools start later more teens may arrive on time. Another piece evidence, Achieve 3000 writes states, “But Bridget Shelton, a freshman at Seattle’s Roosevelt High School, is looking forward to a later start in the school day. She believes that the change will help her move from getting 6 or 7 hours of sleep a night to nearly 8. The extra sleep is needed, she maintains.” This piece of evidence supports that later start times can help teens get the sleep they need because this piece of evidence comes from an actual teen that has experienced not having enough sleep so she says that the sleep is needed. The last piece of evidence Achieve 3000 writes is, “She is a Seattle teacher, parent, and volunteer with Start School Later Seattle. Jatul became interested in a later start time after facing groggy teens at school and at home, after her own kids hit
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