School should start at 9:30 am not 7:30 am – Opinion

School should start at 9:30 am not 7:30 am – Opinion; Agree or Disagree

Despite the well-established natural shifts to later wake and sleep times that occur in adolescence, most schools retain early start times. If school were to start later, at 9.30 a.m., not the unearthly hour of 7.30 a.m., everyone would look forward to school. There actually are biological reasons as to why students should stay in bed longer, and why schools need later starting times to avoid harming their development. Now I know some teachers think that is a dumb idea. Today, I’m going to try to convince you to say “Yes”.

Firstly, to be at school by 7.30 a.m. would mean that we have to drag ourselves up by 6.00 a.m., if not 5.30 a.m. If school started later in the mornings, students would be more focused during the school day and less likely to be late to or absent from school. The thought of trudging to school in the dark is enough to drive all joy away. Moreover, before the morning is over, students are tired and drooping. How can any learning take place when we cannot even keep our eyes open?

Secondly, teenagers who have insufficient sleep cannot do well at school. If the students get more sleep then theyĺl be more awake and concentrate more in class. We all know that sleep is food for the brain. Teenagers need at least nine hours of sleep each night to function best. Being sleep-deprived, their brains cannot absorb information. They cannot solve problems. They are grouchy and grumpy. Traditionalists may say this is just an excuse. School has started at 7.30 a.m. since ages ago. Just go to bed earlier. However, sleep specialists have researched that hormonal changes in teenagers keep them awake until quite late. Biological sleep patterns shift later and later for adolescents. It is natural for them not to be able to sleep before 11.00 p.m.

Thirdly, many teenagers miss breakfast to get to school on time. We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should not be missed. Students who get rides from their parents in the morning may believe they would experience problems. In addition, teenagers can have bonding time with parents if school starts later. They can take their time over breakfast with their parents. Many working parents come home late. By which time they are too tired to want to do more than having a meal and rest.

Not only does it allow time for our body to naturally wake up but it also allows us to stay in rhythm with ourselves. In conclusion, the authorities should not be afraid to make changes. If school were to start later, students will definitely do better at school. In the long run, having school start later would benefit many students who are in need of a healthy sleep pattern.

 

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