Should Schools Avoid Teens To Start Later In School?

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According to the National Sleep Foundation only 14% of teens get the recommended 8.5-9.5 hours of sleep. The fact of the matter is that teens aren't getting the recommended amount of sleep they need to function to actually learn in school. This means that teens aren't focusing in school because they are to tired causing them to day dream and wander their eyes around the room. Teens are growing in to adults, which means they need more sleep due to puberty to function. If schools were to start later teens would get enough sleep to not be sleep deprived. Even though schools like the early start times it causes teens to be tired when having to wake up early for school. An example of schools starting too early is that according to The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that middle schools and high schools start no later than 8:30A.M. Even though the 2011-2012 Schools and Staffing Survey (SSAS) surveyed about 39,700 public middle schools and high schools, and only 17.7% of the schools …show more content…
The biggest issues would be the cost for hiring new bus drivers which would cause them to have to spend more money (Bratsis 12). Another big issue would be that students would be resistant to change because of their after school activities such as sports and jobs (13). An issue for the parents would be having to change around their schedules and arranging child care for before and after school which would cause stress among the family (Wahlstrom 11). The final con should be having to educate the community by convincing them that teens aren't lazy that what is causing them to be tired is how early schools starts, and that teens have a phase delay in their brains that make them want to fall asleep later and sleep in as much as possible (source 12). The cons are what people focus on, which is a bad thing since it causes them to be closed minded and limit the possibility of changing the starting times of