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Should school start later in the day?

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Started: 5/17/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 6 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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paul27

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School hours should be 12:00-5:00 because you will be more energized and ready to learn. You will have more time to get ready in the morning so you are not as stressed.
Grovenshar

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No, school should not start later in the day, especially not as proposed by my opponent. If we were to adopt the model placed forward by my opponent we would see several downsides, such as restriction of extra curricular activities and a decrease in homework, or no change at all in the actual amount of time sleeping.

Extra Curricular Activities:

So, if we move the start and end time of school to a later time in the day, we would see extra curricular activities, as they are today with 1-3 hours of time spent a day after school, have the time devoted to them slashed, or we would be wrecking the home life of several people. Kids would either not have dinner, or they would be getting dinner at 8 or 9. After that time, the parents of the children would be going to bed because they have to get up at 5 or 6 for their job. So, a teenager would spend a morning in the house all alone, and they would have less than an hour or two to spend with their family, which would be taken with homework. So, family, one of the key aspects that psychologists have labeled as an important factor in adolescent development, would effectively be nullified.

Homework:

In addition to all of the issues placed above, the times at which students would be doing their standard homework schedules would be pushed back significantly. They would be doing it at times when there would be no light outside. This is actually conducive to a lack of attention. So, schools would either maintain the same level of homework, which would be a necessity for some honor students. Thereby, a system could be created where honors students would be put under enormous stress due to an inability to pay attention to their task. Or the amount of homework done could be reduced, which is contrary to what actually teaches a kid. Homework is a necessity, and decreasing it would hurt our students.

Level of Energy:

The only reason to go through with a plan like this would be to increase the energy of students by giving them more sleep. This is a false assumption. All the activities in the day would simply be shifted to different times. So, if you usually went to sleep at 12:30 and woke up at 6:00 to get to the bus, you would now go to sleep at 4:00 and wake up at 9:30 (assuming that it takes an hour and a half to get ready, get to the bus, and arrive at school), given the shift in time proposed by my opponent. You would still have only five and a half hours of sleep, you would just have them dispersed at different times in the day.
Debate Round No. 1
paul27

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yes because you are more energize
Grovenshar

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Would you elaborate on that? I really can't debate for or against that statement.
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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Grovenshar 6 months ago
Grovenshar
That's a good point, but students would be getting up at similar times as they already had to get those extracurricular activities, that can go, as I said, from 1-3 hours. However, they wouldn't have a bus to get on sight, which would bar a lot of people from those activities. I think the school system should try and shake things up a bit, but such a dramatic shift would be disastrous.
Posted by Slifer893 6 months ago
Slifer893
The thing is that if school starts at around 10:00-10:30 then extra curricular activities and sports would happen before school in the mornings. Some of the homework can be done after school and finished the following morning to help the students warm up.
Posted by Grovenshar 6 months ago
Grovenshar
I don't want to start a debate down here, but responsible adults have jobs, and jobs have times that force responsible adults to be there. As for how awake students are, I was simply pointing out that students would get just as much sleep as they usually do, just at different times in the day.
Posted by rusty-q 6 months ago
rusty-q
Students learn more when they are more awake. They are more interactive, and they will also have more time for extracurricular activities that they can learn from.
Posted by hutch976 6 months ago
hutch976
You could also just learn to be a responsible adult and go to bed earlier, wake up earlier, and plan your schedule accordingly. You are always going to have 24 hours in the day, what you do with them and how you maximize them is on you.
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