Herald homework: High school should start later in morning

I believe that high schools around the USA should start later in the morning. First and foremost, if high schools start later, more children would be able to do better in academics. “Fully rested teens have improved memory, reaction time, mood and athletic performance.” If you went to school half-rested, you wouldn’t be able to pay attention in class.

Second of all, high school students would have less mood changes. “Sleeplessness and mood disorders are closely linked. And it can work both ways; sleep loss can affect your mood, and your mood can affect how much and how well you sleep.” If someone went to school in a bad mood, it may affect their learning in a negative way.

Last but not least, later start times with school can help align with teenagers’ natural sleep rhythms, which gives all students a fair chance of learning. “Children undergo a shift in sleep patterns when they enter puberty which causes them to remain alert later into the evening and to remain sleepy later in the morning.” Many may say if high schools were started later, there would be many parents’ work schedule differences.

Parents can’t drive their kids to school, which would make it harder for the kids whose parents drive them to go to school.

Even though that may be true, high schoolers are mature enough to wake themselves up, and go to school.

Trinav B.

Gateway Middle School

Everett

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