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O.John
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BerryBoop
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Schools should start later.

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Started: 12/3/2016 Category: Education
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O.John

Pro

Good Afternoon
My name is John. Based on the topic, I strongly believe that schools(not including university) should start later. According to the statistics, the National Sleep Foundation found that 60% of teenagers under the age of 18 complained of being tired during the day, and 15% said they fell asleep at school during the year. Thus, I strongly support the notion that schools should start later because of more sleep time at night and more study time in the evening.

First of all, schools should start later for more rest. Teenagers need an average of 9.5 hours of sleep per night. Yet studies show that teenagers generally get an average of 7.4 hours a night. This difference is huge and disastrous. According to the Congresswoman, sleep deprivation leads to serious consequences for academic achievement, social behavior of our nation's youth. If schools start later, students will be able to get enough sleep in order to keep themselves healthy and, more importantly, stay focused during school time. What"s more, it is not only beneficial to students, but to teachers and staff as well because teachers also desire enough sleep. If schools start later., isn"t that good to everyone?

Lastly, teenagers will have more study time in the evening. "The teenage body is nocturnal, their circadian rhythms are different from adults", said Dr. Denise Pope of Stanford University"s Graduate School of Education. Teenagers are more likely to focus at evening times, the later, the better (but not too late). Though psychology teacher Alice McCraley does not recommend studying too late into the night, she does say that going to bed after studying gives the student the ability to better process and absorb the material they just learned. If schools start later it will probably finish later. The biological feature of teenagers makes it clear that most of them can concentrate the best in the evening, thus studying more efficiently.
Thus, I strongly believe that schools should start later.
BerryBoop

Con

Thank you, John, for allowing me to participate in this debate. Good luck!

In my opinion, school should not start later to encourage punctuality in milennials, to allow students to have more time to complete homework and study, and to allow students to rest and play after school.

First off, starting school early teaches students to arrive on time and to be punctual. These skills are useful in college, everyday life, and even the workplace. In fact, when someone is late at work, the employer reserves the right to deduct wages from that person. According to Niall McCarthy, a journalist from forbes.com, a YouGov poll found that "millennials tend to show up late more often than [their] older colleagues. 22 percent of them said they arrive late for work at least once a week compared to just 15 percent of people aged 55 and older". Shockingly, this is proof that up to 22% of millennials may have lower pay as a result of being late to work. However, this trend must change. If we want the next generation to earn as much money as they deserve, and if we want to establish good time management skills among the generations to come, then we should act now.

Another reason why school should not start later is that students would have less time to finish their homework and study. Although my opponent claims that "teenagers will have more study time in the evening", assuming that school would end later as a result of later starting times, that would actually decrease the amount of time that students would have to study and do homework. My opponent also claims that "teenagers are more likely to focus at evening times", which may be true, but finishing homework later in the evening may promote procrastination and won't teach students about managing priorities. According to the Los Angeles Times, there is an average of 3.5 hours of homework for a high school student, so starting homework in the evening is a risky practice. In addition, when students finish their homework late at night, they will go to bed later as a result.

Finally, school should not start later is because students will not have much time to relax after school or participate in after-school activities. The American Journal of Play states that when students don't have enough time to play or relax after school, there are emotional effects that can take a toll on mental health and emotional health. They can become stressed, lack self-control and even develop anxiety or depression. Aside from the emotional effects, stress (which can be caused by a lack of relaxation/free time) can also affect the body, and according to the Mayo Clinic, stress can cause headaches, fatigue, and sleep problems.

As you can see, starting school later would cause a havoc, and effects would range from damaged emotional health, stress over homework, and failure to teach the next generation how to be on time to work or college.
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