GY-13 Clarke can be a better place with later start times We all know this; waking up to a blaring alarm or an annoyed parent. You try to bury yourself in sheets and protect yourself from the harsh light. You drag yourself out of bed with hair blown to one side of your head. Walking across the hall like an extra from “The Walking Dead,” you eat breakfast and brush (or the other way around) and throw on some clothes. You head out and start another miserable morning. This is pretty much how I start every school morning. This is probably how a lot of you start your mornings. There’s no worse way to start a day of school than to wake up with a case of “Zombie Daze Syndrome” (ZDS). One might say that waking up tired isn’t that bad, but it is way, …show more content…
A report by Newsweek says that “Perpetual lack of sleep is tied to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression and a shortened life span in adults, underscoring the importance of establishing good sleep habits early in life”(1). We may be fine without sufficient sleep now, but health consequences will show later in life. Diabetes, heart disease, and obesity are already big problems in America. An article by CNN says that “Adolescents that go to sleep at midnight or later are also more likely to suffer from depression and have suicidal thoughts” (1). The mental health of students at Clarke should not be overlooked. Some students--kids in this school are probably going through some dark times. Up at the high school, “55 LHS students reported they recently tried to commit suicide at least once (3%). The Massachusetts average for attempted suicide among teenagers/young adults was 7% over the same time period (4.1% for comparison high schools). Additionally, 247 students (15% of those surveyed) seriously considered suicide - the highest level in a decade.” These numbers are real, and this issue is right here, and right now in our very own town of Lexington. By having school start a bit later, we would be saving
Have you ever woke up really early in the morning and thought, man school should really start later? Well I completely agree, for three reasons actually. My reasons are one when you start school your brain in not fully awake enough to learn to its fullest potential, two the absentee rate would decrease by a bunch, and three it would improve test scores by a dramatic fashion. In the next three paragraphs I will give you facts that will show you that these are in fact true. My first fact is that students aren’t awake enough in their first block class to really even get enough out of it.
Could letting teenagers sleep later in the morning do more than just make them happy? Starting school later has many benefits than just making them happy. Pushing back school hours can benefit many things including higher test scores which also includes better attendance rates and less tartiness, students can get enough sleep, and it also improves teen health. Everyday when my alarm sounds, I will always snooze it, and after I get ready and go outside to wait for the bus, I will still be sleepy, then when I get to school, I always tend to close my eyes a lot cause I am not fully awaked yet. Then I will try to pay attention for the rest of the day.
Difficult Nights rey Underdahl, Per. 5 The kids who attend Sherwood Schools and many other schools start way too early for them. The schools start at 8:00am for the kids and end at 2:50pm, some kids have to wake up at six o’clock to have enough time for their busses. Kids don’t have time to do sports, homework, and get at least 8 hours of sleep.
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, you need to get enough sleep in order for you to grow and develop. If one does not get enough sleep, it will lower the immune system and increase the chances of getting sick. Also, if school starts later, you will have more time to eat a proper breakfast, which also benefits your health, and is important to develop the brain. When we rush to get ready in the morning, we usually don’t have time to eat breakfast. On top of not being rushed, you will not be as stressed whether you’re a parent, teacher, or
In her essay “Me, My Sleep, And I”, writer Priscilla Srikanth argues that high schools should start later in the morning to ensure that students are well rested, energized, and focused during the school day. She accomplishes this by utilizing rhetorical questions and an anecdote that allow the reader to reflect on their past experiences with the idea of a late start, a logical fallacy that encourages the reader to view the situation from the writer’s perspective, and an appeal to logos to further strengthen her argument. Leading into her essay with rhetorical questions, Srikanth urges the reader to ponder about times that they have felt like never leaving their cozy bed. In this way, the writer creates a sense of likeness between herself and the reader. By appealing to ethos through an anecdote, she shows the reader that she too has experienced the struggle of getting up every morning.
When it starts later in the day it will save up to $40 million per year. Kids can get a lot more sleep at night. Absences can drop 15% because many kids get more sleep. Kids will not fall asleep in class because they got more sleep. Kids can not get distracted, and kids won’t have to wake up early in the morning.
If schools start time was pushed back then more people, more than usual would have missing homework because they forgot it. From my own personal experience people forget to do homework after school, and now with the start time different,
Lack of sleep increases students chances of depression and suicidal thoughts. It can also potentially weaken the immune system. The school day is hard enough on a child and not getting enough sleep does not make it any better. School
Also, if school starts later you will be able to have a proper and healthy breakfast. It is important for students’ because with there growing bodies and developing brains they need regular refueling often, from food. When kids skip breakfast, they don’t get what they need to be at their best in school and at home. If you’re short on time you can just throw some fruit in a blender and make a delicious and nutritious smoothie.
SCHOOLS STARTING LATER For most, a later school day would be ideal. You could wake up later, have more time for breakfast or a shower and improve sleep cycles. I personally would love to have a 2 hour delay everyday but there is one consequence to a later school day, staying at school for an extended 2 hours as well. This has caused great controversy as some agree and some disagree with this.
As mentioned by the National Sleep Foundation, teens not getting enough sleep can lead to a likelihood of experiencing depressed moods, and a risk of metabolic and nutritional deficits like obesity (“School Start Time and Sleep”). This means not only are the teens being negatively affected physically, but not enough sleep is also taking a toll on their mental health. In Rachel Feeley’s article she writes about her worries of kids not being able to participate in sports or extra-curricular activities if the school start times delay. However, her statement proves to be quite ironic since by worrying about the students’ health, Feeley is forgetting the negative aspects of early wake up
In a survey conducted of eighth grade students, 100% of the students found that school starts too early in the morning. In an interview with twelve-year-old Luke Lesser, “My school starts at 7:50 A.M. and I don’t want to wake up. When I go to school, I’m very tired and my brain is not ready to function...at all!” Like Luke, many students across the country find themselves not ready to process information when they first get to school.
Usually, teenagers wake up at the very last few minutes before school starts and they get driven to school. The unlucky few who have to walk have to get up even earlier to do their basic morning routine. This can also apply to teachers who have to get to school earlier to prepare for their class. With a later start, teenagers can do more things in their morning routine. They can make a balanced breakfast that can last them through most of the day or have more time to clean themselves up before school.