School at 9:30 a.m., an idea worth considering

Are early high school start times bad for your health?

School at 9:30 a.m., an idea worth considering

Recently we have had the chance to taste a little bit of what some other schools have been tasting for a long time. We had the chance to go to school at 9:30 a.m.

This should’ve been made a permanent thing instead of just two days. Within those two days children have been more productive and they have been staying awake during class instead of dozing off.

During a normal school day, children wake up so early that they aren’t any good until around lunchtime. Studies show that children become more productive leaners when they get the right rest that they need.

In a January article in Science Daily, Julie Boergers, Ph.D., a psychologist and sleep expert from the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center, said that early school start times for adolescents can impact their performance during the day.

“Sleep deprivation is epidemic among adolescents, with potentially serious impacts on mental and physical health, safety and learning,” Boergers was quoted in the article as saying. “Early high school start times contribute to this problem. Most teenagers undergo a biological shift to a later sleep-wake cycle, which can make early school start times particularly challenging.”

Cross Creek guidance counselor, Mr. Rowe, said he did not feel the need for later start times, citing the lack of inclement weather here.

“There is no use for it because we really don’t have severe weather here,” Rowe said. “I like delayed, better than the whole day being out. If safety is an issue and they are worried about it, then by all means, start late.”

Personally, I think that schools should really consider later start times. High schools are always boasting about their graduation rates from the previous years, but won’t they be more than happy to see those numbers skyrocket?

If school started at a reasonable time, the children wouldn’t feel as pressured to get up super early, sit through the day tired and hungry, then go home with loads of homework that they spent all night on, and wake up the next day super early again.

Save the youth. Keep our generation in school. This could be the first step to bettering this generation of children.