Before researching my topic, regarding if school should start later, I didn’t have a strong opinion on whether or not it would make sense. I could see both sides of the argument. As a person who doesn’t wake up easily in the morning, I did feel a little tired in the morning. Especially my sophomore year with AP World, it was impossible to go to bed before 12 to feel ready for tests. So, that year was especially tough. So, I did want school to start later so I could get an extra hour of sleep. However, I also understand how parent’s schedules would be messed up. As someone who gets to school by a ride from my mother, if school were to start later, I would have no idea how to get to school. The bus doesn’t go through my neighborhood so that isn’t an option. I didn’t see the point of changing the school system which has been in effect for years. Sure, I was tired in the morning, but after I would feel fine. However, after researching, I now believe that school should start at least an hour later.
I wasn’t aware of what sleep deprivation could do to the body which include obesity, fatigues, mood swings, as well as contributing to many car crashes. I was also able to venture into how a teenager’s body operates. I found out that teenager’s naturally wake up around 9 in the morning because of circadian rhythms. As puberty hits, the sleep cycle of a teenager will shift around two hours later. So, while critics may say that teenagers can just manage their time better which will allow to go to bed earlier so they are focused in the morning these rhythms say that it is very difficult for teenagers to sleep early. Even if teenagers do go to bed earlier, they will just lay awake in bed. Two hours will pass and then they’ll fall asleep. It just isn’t very natural for a teen body.
Research shows showing school later will also help students academically. Schools who have changed their time schedule show that standardized test scores go up, grades improve, there are less tardies, and students are more focused and happy to be in school. Grades really are the most important thing for students. It’s what qualifies them for elite colleges and guarantees them a good life in the future.
However, to refute this, people say that it would be inconvenient for buses or any other kind of transportation to change their routines. School starts this early so students can get to school with a ride from their parents. As someone who gets a ride from my mother, I understood this. However, after researching, I believe this is an easy fix. Carpooling is one option. Teenagers are getting their cars and licenses as soon as sophomore year. Another option is to switch the elementary and high school schedules. Bus schedules wouldn’t have to change, only their order of pickup would change. It makes sense for both elementary and high school students. Elementary kids naturally wake up earlier in the morning. They’re more alert compared to teenagers. Overall, while there are pros and cons to the story. I believe all the cons can and should be fixed easily. As someone who just went through the college application process, I wasn’t as happy with my scores as I should have been. The prospect that standardized scores and grades could improve should tower above anything else.