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Should schools start later?

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Started: 11/17/2017 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Schools should start later. The first round is for acceptance.

Please do not forfeit, as that is what happened with my previous opponents.


School should not start later.
Debate Round No. 1


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Schools should start later. This is because of the lack of sleep many students get. "Both the CDC and the pediatricians" group cited significant risks that come with lack of sleep, including higher rates of obesity and depression and motor-vehicle accidents among teens as well as an overall lower quality of life." We can see in the quote from an Atlantic article that this is a major epidemic going on in our country.
We must look around in our society. Kids learn better when they're awake! With the competition rising in our society, the amount of sleep students receive is decreasing. Students' academic performance decreases as well as the amount of extra-curricular activities they participate in.
Teenagers, especially have a very difficult time trying to balance school and sleep. There was an experiment conducted. Researchers analyzed data from more than 9,000 students at eight high schools in Minnesota, Colorado, and Wyoming and found that shifting the school day later in the morning resulted in a boost in attendance, test scores, and grades in math, English, science, and social studies. Schools also saw a decrease in tardiness, substance abuse, and symptoms of depression. Some even had a dramatic drop in teen car crashes.
In order for future generations to succeed, we must alter our school to help fit their requirements. Let's make America a place of knowledge, not a place of exhausted children struggling to study.

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