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Persuasive Project

School’s should start later because kids don’t go to bed until late and don’t get enough sleep, Pediatricians have made it clear that school shouldn’t start until 8:30 am or later, with lack of sleep kids could become obese and other risks including their academics.

Kids don’t get the sleep they need when they have to wake up early to go to school. Children need 8.5-9.5 hours of sleep each night. With school times starting early 60% of the students complain about being tired and 15% fall asleep during school hours. In middle school some children start going through puberty and during puberty a child experiences a shift up to about 2 hours or more in their circadian rhythm, which makes falling asleep and waking up early very difficult. Also many teens suffer from insufficient sleep which then interferes with the academics. Anne Wheaton, the lead author and epidemiologist in the CDC’s Division of Population Health, had said that “Early school start times are preventing many adolescents from getting the sleep they need.”

School's Need to Start Later

Kids could become obese?

Kids with lack of sleep could become obese and other risks including their academics. The Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics has stated with the lack of sleep you can have a higher rate of obesity and depression. You can also get into more car accidents. This research has been around for awhile but it has been accumulating for years, recently a large-scale, studies show. Researchers had analyzed data of 9,000 students from 8 different high schools in Minnesota, Colorado, and Wyoming. Those schools had started later and they had found out that starting later resulted in more attendance, higher test scores, and grades. They also had decreases in tardiness, substance abuse, symptoms of depression, and less teen car crashes. “Over time sleep deprivation leads to serious consequences towards academic achievements, social behavior, and the health and safety of our nation’s youth” A congresswoman added Zoe Lofgren.

Pediatricians want the kids to start at 8:30 am?

Pediatricians have made it clear that school shouldn’t start until 8:30 am or later. Research shows that starting the school day just 50 minutes later can result in high student achievement. Also studies show that the school start time should be 8:55 or later so 65% of students can have 8 or more hours of sleep. If schools start 7:30 am only 34% can do so. Minneapolis Public School District changed their time from 7:15 to 8:40 and they had students get 5 or more hours of sleep a week. Zoe Lofgren introduced a congressional resolution, "ZZZ's to A’s" Act hoping it would encourage individual schools and school districts all over the country to move school start times to no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Some people may say if schools get out later, it will reduce the time for games and matches. But most schools have installed lights to their fields. They have also had practices rescheduled, and the game times are changed so students don’t have to leave class early. A principal at North High School in Evansville, Indiana, said he thinks school start times are "awful early for kids" because they often have activities and jobs after school causing them to get home late and still have homework to finish. What is better for the children, games or their knowledge? Kids don’t need to play the games, but they do need to learn.

What about the games and practices?

Interesting Link, Source

Richmond, Emily. "Why School Should Start Later in the Morning." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 17 Aug. 2015. Web. 18 Dec. 2015. <http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/08/why-school-should-start-later/401489/>.

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Richmond, Emily. "Why School Should Start Later in the Morning." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 17 Aug. 2015. Web. 18 Dec. 2015. <http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/08/why-school-should-start-later/401489/>. "School Start Time and Sleep." School Start Time & Sleep- National Sleep Foundation. National Sleep Foundation, 2015. Web. 18 Dec. 2015. <https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-news/school-start-time-and-sleep>.Chen, Cathaleen. "Hit the Snooze: Illinois High School Starts Later So Students Can..." Christian Science Monitor. 26 Oct. 2015: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 18 Dec. 2015. "Eight Major Obstacles to Delaying School Start Times." Delaying School Start Times. National Sleep Foundation, 2015. Web. 18 Dec. 2015. <https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-news/eight-major-obstacles-delaying-school-start-times>.Erbacher, Megan. "Students, Officials Weigh Pros and Cons of School Start times | GALLERY." Students, Officials Weigh Pros and Cons of School Start times | GALLERY. Evansville Courier and Press, 14 Sept. 2013. Web. 18 Dec. 2015. <http://www.courierpress.com/news/education/making-the-grade/students-officials-weigh-pros-and-cons-of-school-start-times--gallery-ep-296955544-326597161.html>.

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