School Start Times – In this article, the writer claims that having a later start time for school benefits students’ mental health. They justify their reasoning by using studies done by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, and the Academy of Sleep and Medicine. All of these organizations have recommended starting high school and middle school classes after 8:30 A.M., which justifies the writer’s claim that having a later start time will benefit students.
Delaying School Start Times Is Reckless Social Engineering – In this article, the writer claims that delaying school start times will benefit some children, but not all. He relays that every child’s circumstances are different and that some may have work and athletics after school, whereas others do not. He also believes that children using technology is the biggest reason for sleep deprivation and that delaying school times will not fix that issue. They justify their reasoning by including information about a study was done showing that more than 90 percent of teenagers use some sort of digital technology before they go to bed which tends to interfere with sleep.
- I agree that teenagers generally need more sleep, however, I don’t believe that delaying school times will fix this problem.
- I believe that children are at their best and most awake early in the morning, besides if school starts earlier, then it’ll end quicker too.
- Delaying school start times will only complicate things and create problems because not all teenagers have the chance to change work and practice times.
- Although having to change around many different things will be complicated, teens now will be able to get more sleep with a delayed school start time.
- Despite having to change times and schedules, starting school later will benefit all, if not most teenagers.
- People still argue that starting school later is wrong, even though many different organizations have relayed that it will greatly benefit the students’ mental health.
I agree with the second argument and disagree with the first. Firstly, I am a senior in high school and I have a job and am a part of athletics, so delaying school start times would interfere with all of my work shifts and practice times. Secondly, I have always been an early-riser, and I have to be at work by 6:00 A.M. on weekends, so having a school start time of 8:00 does not bother me at all. I also agree with the technology issue that was brought up in the second article.Tags: Judge Memorial Catholic High School mental health school technology