School should be pushed back later
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Homework (n): Educational assignments that is deliberately assigned for completion after school;
School (n): A public institution, funded by the federal Department of Education, and intended for educational purposes;
Pushed back (v): Changing the school's opening times to any later time in the day;
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Waking up at 5:30 in the morning to get to school on time is too early. Humans have a hormone that is released that makes you sleepy, but it happens at a certain time. For kids it is around 8:00 and for adults it is 9 or 10. Teens have it rough, we don't have this reaction until about 11. We need about 9 hours of sleep in order to get a good night's sleep and wake up feeling refreshed. However, with the current 7 or 8, we are going to be falling asleep throughout 1st and 2nd block. And then teachers get mad at us for it. Our brains do not fully awaken until 8:00 which is when it is fully 'rested'.
Summarization of my points:
1. Any lack of sleep from early school times can easily be alleviated through afterschool naps. This has been shown in the elderly to improve overall sleep amount. This allows students to make up any needed sleep time.
2. Later school times would hurt a student overall. The early arrival time of school allows students to leave school early. If the student has an after-school activity, leaving school at 3pm - and with an activity pushing them back to 6pm or later - leaves them far less time for homework, studying, family matters, and social activity.
3. Later school times would promote students staying up later because the student thinks they can afford to sleep that late. If you have to wake up at 7, then you'll go to bed at 11. But if you have to be up by 8, then you will go to bed at midnight.
4. Later school times allows students to stay up later in the night. This promotes night-based activities that are bad for the student's health (parties).
5. Students whose parents go to work an hour after their student will be unable to drive their student to work without being late. If you go to school at 7, and your guardian goes to work at 8, you can get a drive to school. Not so if your school bus is later.
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If a student cannot accurately wake up on time to get to school, they are poor students. School is designed as an institution for teaching students about how to work a job; if a student begs that the job be delayed so they can get another hour of shut-eye, the job would laugh. So it should be with a school that discipline is enforced. It isn't up to the students to decide when school starts, and it isn't up to them to decide when their job starts.
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