By Lina Lim
Students from many districts have to force themselves to wake up even before the sun rises to get ready for a hard and stressful day of school.
Now, some may "enjoy" their time at school, but in all seriousness, how many kids come back from school not exhausted? This exhaustion is overwhelming--from heavy loads of work to annoying teachers who don’t teach anything to friend drama--but these are things we can't really fix. However, one thing can be changed to lessen the exhaustion students feel.
School board members should help these poor students by making school start at a later, more reasonable time.
According to The Atlantic, not getting enough sleep “damages [student’s] mental and physical health, education, and even if ability to drive safely.”
In all honesty, starting school anytime before 8:30 is not that reasonable. Not only are these students sleep-deprived from all the homework they have had to do the night before, but their brains aren't even awake to process all the things they learn. According to the New York Times, school should be pushed to “at least 8:30 a.m” because this will allow kids to sleep more, or at least 7-8 hours, which is the recommended amount of sleep students should be getting.
However, Senior Candyce Ha disagreed, stating, “I actually don’t think starting school later will be beneficial at all because this will not bring any change at all. Starting late also means ending late, and that means kids would have to stay up even longer to finish what they have to do. The whole purpose of getting more sleep just gets destroyed.”
In order to allow kids to sleep more, schools would also have to shorten their hours. Truthfully, some classes don’t even need the whole 50 minutes and only end up wasting time.
Candyce also mentioned how she feels that in class, “almost half the time is spent doing busy work” that could be done at home.
Shortening school days and starting school late would not only benefit students, but also the school. More kids will be alert, more kids will focus easily, and ultimately, more kids will care.
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