Class starts too early

To an effort for later school commencing hours

Waking up early in the morning to get ready for school can be such a drag. There are schools all across the nation that start as early from 7 to later than 9 a.m, but is there a time that we SHOULD be getting to school?  In a story in Time Magazine’s health section, posted by Amanda MacMillan, it states that the American Academy of Sleep Medicine shares how middle – high school students shouldn’t be starting class any longer than 8:30. Sounds legit. Doctors say that starting school earlier in the morning prevents children and teenagers from getting a full night’s sleep, which can affect their health, safety and academic performance,” – Time Health. I think we need an explanation to why our school’s aren’t making this next move on when school should start. Our academic performance, health and safety are being affected by our classes being too early, but still our schools still strongly enforce the presence of a child early in the morning in class. “The AASM recommends that teenagers should sleep 8 to 10 hours a night. But according to the CDC, almost 70% of high-school students report sleeping 7 hours or less on a regular basis.” – Time. Here is yet another piece of factual evidence said by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine affirming that teenagers should be sleeping 8 – 10 hours of sleep but the Center for Disease control and Prevention voices how almost 70% of high-school students are only receiving less than 7 hours. Obviously not only does our president lack awareness of actual data and what is best for everyone across the nation, but our school’s seem to be unaware of this situation and we should start to see changes for our future generations, since it’s kind of too late for anyone in high-school now to start a movement like this.

A study was performed from Wake County, North Carolina that shows data finding that school start times by just one hour later it increased standardized test scores by “at least 2percentile points.” In Wake County, the WCPSS (Wake County Public School System) usually starts school at 7:30 and when changed to 8:30, they saw increased test points in both reading and mathematics. “ A 2005 congressional resolution introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) recommended that secondary schools nationwide start at 9:00 or later.” – Finley Edwards.

I know that for me it’s a struggle getting to school on time, in my freshman year it was worse for me actually because my school was 2 cities away from me and i would occasionally catch the bus late or traffic can really catch me off guard. I think my school, Ma.C.E.S ( Maywood Center for Enriched Studies ) starts a tad bit too early. Class starts at 8 but I think we should make an effort to push it just 30 mins. C’mon, how bad can half an hour be ? Farewell readers

. A pic of a kid “shleep” in class.