Should School Start Later?

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Should School Start Later?

Michael Murphy

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Imagine how different your life would be if school started an hour later. You would be able to get so much more sleep and do more quality work. This has been a topic of discussion for quite awhile now and from personal experience I agree. I normally arrive about an hour early to school to work on homework, this is because I am too tired to do my homework the night before which adds unwanted stress and makes me rush in the morning. Studies show performance in testing improves dramatically when students get an ample amount of sleep at night.

The amount of sleep that is normally recommended for the average person is 8 hours, with school starting at 8 and some students waking up at 6:30 or even earlier, this may be a challenge. The workload of homework plus extracurricular activities mixed in with having a social life challenge one’s ability to get to bed in order to get the sleep they need. The extra sleep that will be gained by a later start time will also improve everyone’s attitude, including teachers. Everyone will be more excited to get to school and work which will make it a better learning environment.

The benefits of a later start time are endless and could open up new opportunities and improve everyone’s health and grades within school. Hopefully now administrators will be convinced that a later start time will be beneficial because a little sleep goes a long way!