• I really enjoyed this poem. I read other poems with the same topic. However, they used first poem as per usual. You didn’t and instead showed that you were the shell. It caught my attention right from the beginning.

  • Tevy,

    This is a really interesting topic to me, especially because I am of an Asian race. However, although I am Asian I was born and raised in American. I have never thought about plastic surgery for myself. I find it uncomfortable to even think about. However, I know some of my friends, who are Korean, wish to go through surgery. I even know…[Read more]

  • Tala,

    This is a really interesting topic to explore. As someone in high school, the question of grades is always in the air. However, from this, you say you eventually settled on an opinion. I couldn’t quite figure out which side you support. Are you for or against grades? I like how you won’t settle just for student opinions but you’ll also ask…[Read more]

  • 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

    • Anna, I’ve heard/read a lot of the research about sleep deprivation and how it can change how successful kids are in school. I do believe if we teenagers had more sleep we would in fact preform better in school and sports. Unfortunately not everyone feels the same. Like you said, transportation would have to be change and it isn’t as convenient for the parents. After schools activities would have to be pushed back as well. Is this a sacrifice worth taking for some extra sleep? For some maybe, I agree with you, the physical and mental health of every kid is important.

    • Dear Anna, I would like to first start off by saying that your research piece on sleep deprivation was great and I enjoyed every last bit of it. I completely agree with what you have to say, it is very important that us teenagers get our sleep so that we can preform better in all areas. I also like ho you started to come up with solutions to the cons the were presented while you where doing your research. Great job Anna.

    • Anna, The way you began this paper with research was great. I personally agree with you in the fact that as teenagers we do function a lot better if we have a full nights sleep. Even though transportation would change we could find a way around it, if that would be getting a ride from a friend or other ways around the transportation change. In the end more sleep could benefit school and after school activities. Great post.

    • Anna, I think this is a great article. It is clear you have researched it well, and include both sides. I have learned about sleep deprivation a lot, and I agree that it can have dire effects, especially on teenagers. However I could also see where the issues could be in starting school later. I still think that just moving school to 9 AM would make a big difference in many teens lives. Good job on this!

    • Hello Anna!
      I agree it would be nice for teens to be able to sleep in, but I do wonder about after school activities. By the time we got out and were able to have games and meets it may be dark out and that is a bit inconvenient for seeing. Do you have a plan for this? Even if students were excused early from class that may solve the problem, but we would be missing out on a lot of academic learning. Great post!

    • Anna,
      I completely agree with your stance on sleep for teenagers. Because of my schedule, I have a reduced schedule, which means I go to school one hour later, and it has definitely helped me. I have more energy, I do better in school, and I enjoy going to school more. I think a later start time would benefit students immensely.
      –Naomi

    • Anna, I really love the topic you’ve chosen. For me sleep is a big part of my life that I could really use more of. I have read a lot about whether or not to start the school day later and have heard many pros and cons. I know for a fact that one of the schools in my state has early start days every monday. I really wish that teachers and parents could see the effect that school has on us and give us just a smalll amount of time to really begin functioning. The MOST important thing above all is out health, and when people think heath they usually assume physical health. Sleep can really improve not only our physical but, possibly even more importantly, or mental.

  • Sleep is a necessity. I think everyone can agree with that. Yet, I seem to lack the adequate amount of sleep for my body due to excessive amounts of homework and the mounds of tests piling up. From sleeping at 1

    • Anna, I agree with your idea of starting school later. Like you said, there are many benefits to doing so and I think it would be a good change for all. Though maybe to see how well it works there could be a pilot program for a few schools to try it. I agree that it would do many people well as I often go to bed later but sometimes really early as well. I live far from my school and driving while drowsy is very perilous to me and other drivers. A later start time would mean that I would get more sleep and be more aware during the drive to school. I think this idea definitely has it’s ups and downs but working out the problems, it may come to be a thing that school consider doing eventually.

    • Hi Anna! I could not agree with you more. I quickly get ready in the morning similar to you but a lot of my friends are forced to wake up much earlier than me because they have 30 minutes-an hour commute to school. My doctor always tells me I need to get more sleep and I think we can all agree that it’s out of our control. The thing that a lot of kids run into is that they don’t just get to go home and do homework. A lot of kids have sports, clubs, and work. You also bring up a good point about how it is harder for the parents who work and have to drive their kids to school. Although I think our development and our health definitely outweighs the fact that parents have to go to work earlier than school would start. I’m sure their is a way to help with this struggle, maybe buses. Thanks for sharing!

    • Anna, I think your on to something. Being senior in high school I have juggled sports, school, and homework for years. Sleep deprivation has become a second job for me. In some cases it has been because poor time management but in other cases teachers do tend to pile on homework failing to realize their class is not the only class we take. I completely think this is something that should be taken into account. Iam all for change, but change needs to be implemented slowly and people might catch on sooner than later.

    • Anna, I really enjoyed your article. I have a similar schedule to you in that I sleep in relatively late because I live so close to my school. However, I know some kids who get up as early as 5:30 in order to get to school on time. I do think a later start time would be extremely beneficial. Although it might be difficult for parents, many schools do have buses that go through any areas of town, and as you mentioned carpooling works as well. Since an adult’s job starts at 9, and most morning college classes start around that same time, it seems silly that at a time in our life we need the most sleep, we are forced to wake up the earliest. I think you bring up some interesting points for both sides, and it was well written!

    • Anna,
      While I do think the idea of school starting an hour later is very appealing, I’m afraid it might not change as much as one might think. Even if school started an hour later, there would still be the same amount of homework to do, and kids would still be forced to stay up later to get all of their work done, and would instead have to go to bed an hour later because their whole schedule would be pushed back an hour. I think another solution that should be looked into is having a block schedule, where you have 4 classes each day instead of 8. I think this would give students an extra day for homework and studying, instead of having a single day to complete them. Plus, this better prepares students for college where you have less classes, but classes that are longer.

      • I do agree with your idea of block periods every day Ellie, because I have seen the good that it does. My cousin from California has this schedule at her school and has done very good on homework and tests, while also having good amounts of sleep because of her schedule.

    • Anna-
      I really enjoyed reading your article and found your topic very interesting. I completely agree with you!! I think that just by pushing school back one hour later would make a significant difference. I’m not just saying this because I’m not a morning person but I do think it would help the performance level of everyone at school if we all had one extra hour to sleep. As teens we need a good nights rest to energize us for the upcoming day, and 5 or 6 hours just isn’t enough to perform well. I do see that this would affect extracurricular activities and clubs but I think it would be worth it in the long run. Great article and topic!!

    • Anna,

      This post is incredibly relatable. As highschoolers, we are often sleep-deprived and see the effects that come from this sleep deprivation. I think the suggestion to start school later is an excellent idea. As with all changes to society, I think we would be able to adapt and adjust to the new system regarding drop-off. In the end, I think we would see more benefits than consequences to this change. Thank you for addressing this issue!

    • Anna,
      I agree with you. Personally for me I lack sleep. With everything going on for me at school with grades and college applications, its hard to find a time for sleep. I think if schools pushed the time from being there at 8 to being there at 9 would be helpful. I totally agree with everything you said and hopefully the school can work it out or something.

    • I think this article is great because it really speaks to every single teenager running on 4-7 hours of sleep due to extracurriculars, testing, and homework. It looks like you have mapped out the pros and the cons really well but I might just add that maybe teachers shouldn’t be giving as much homework because then we would be getting more sleep, no matter what time school started. I think sleep vs education is a very real issue and unfortunately, I feel as if the teenagers are the only ones noticing this issue and wanting to make a change. Great article overall and I really resonate with it.

    • Anna,
      I completely agree with your opinions about not getting enough sleep. I am always rushing into class just before the bell with a large thermos of coffee in hand to compensate for the meager four to six hours of sleep I get on average. This is extremely unhealthy, and I know that many of my classmates are in the same boat as I. Lack of sleep leads not only to lower performance in school, but it also contributes to stress and the deterioration of mental health. Another large risk is that of students falling asleep while driving home after school. You’re spot on with your concerns about a later start time for school. Perhaps a solution would be later start times one day a week, or even better, a homework limit. I take eight classes, and am expected to do eight classes worth of homework three nights a week. If each teacher assigns an hour of homework, that’s eight hours per night, which is physically impossible. If schools adjusted their homework policy, making classes less dependent on outside work, students would learn more, and improve their mental and physical health. I think your post is important; not enough people acknowledge how difficult school can be for students.

    • Hi Anna! I couldn’t agree with you more. I wake up around the same time as you do and I have the same problems. Mornings are hard and going to school so early is difficult. I fall asleep in most of my morning classes and it’s very hard to concentrate. Not only do I not get enough sleep, but I also don’t eat breakfast becauseI try to get in as much sleep as possible and by doing that, I don’t wake up early enough to get in the so-called “most important meal of the day”. I hope that they make the school day start later in the future.

    • Anna,
      I could not agree more, playing 3 sports all my high school career sleeping has not been apart of my schedule. Even when I come home and start my homework right away I am up until 12 even 1 sometimes. Sometimes I wonder how tall I would be if I was able to at least average 7-8 hours of sleep rather than 5-6. Not only that I also wonder how much better my grades would be. Going to school an hour later seems like the best idea, not only will it give us more time in the day but help those who struggle to stay awake in some classes. I know there are some classes where I cannot control me dozing off no matter how much I fight it.

    • Hi Anna,
      I agree that teenagers lack sleep, and later starting times would possibly give students an hour more of sleep. However I dont think it would outweigh the cons, because if our activities outside of school were pushed back an hour they would extend to later hours in the night. Therefore it would make most stay up later, and interfere with the jobs that cant be pushed back.
      However I think your post does a great job of opening this topic up to discussion, with a list of pros and cons. You should take a look at an article by Stanford Medicine, called “Among teens, sleep deprivation an epidemic” to learn more about the sleep patterns of teens, and what is keeping them up.

    • Anna, I have always wondered why we don’t push school back 30 minutes to an hour. This would give people a chance to wake in the morning without being rushed and causing stress that could already ruin your day. I feel as most people are late to school by 5-10 minutes because they don’t feel they have enough time to get ready and get the most amount of time possible to sleep.

    • Hi Anna! I completely agree with the fact that we need much more sleep than we have the time for. With all of our priorities and responsibilities that we have to constantly stay on top of, it’s hard to make enough time to unwind and relax. The lack of sleep that we teenagers get can hinder our ability to perform to our potential in school and in activities. I hope we can find more people to care about this issue and make a change.

    • Anna,
      I can completely agree with your post. Sleep deprivation is something that takes over and causes much stress, something I have been dealing with for years. Juggling schoolwork and sports is a mess, but just getting one extra hour of sleep could really change everything. Starting school later can really change things just as moods, grades, and life all around! This is very well written.

    • Anna, I hate to be a burden but I disagree with you. School is a prep course for life, would you agree? So if most of the country leaves their house for work between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. (http://overflow.solutions/demographic-data/what-time-does-the-average-american-leave-for-work/), why shouldn’t school be the same time? After all, school is preparing us for everyday life, so why not prepare us to wake up earlier? Starting school late leads to other problems as well. For example, students who rely on their parents to drive them to school could be without rides if mom and dad need to be at work by 8:00. Also, pushing the start of school back just moves everything back a couple hours. Who is to say that because school starts later, students will go to sleep later? I know I would. Therefore, students don’t catch up on sleep at all. The real solution, I believe, is to decrease levels of homework. Whenever I get to bed real late, it is because I have to stay up and finish pointless busy work. My thinking has always been for teachers to teach us at school, and not rely on textbooks and worksheets to do the work for them. I want to go school to learn and work; I don’t want to go to school for teachers to tell me what I need to learn by myself at home.

    • I completely agree with you and I love your post. It has so much truth to it especially for me since I live so far away from my school. I hardly ever get enough sleep and I feel a lot of these symptoms throughout my day and I dread being at school. And driving back home is also a pain because I need to be alert and not drowsy because then I become a threat to everyone else on the road. Thank you so much for writing about this and bringing it to the spotlight.

    • I completely agree with your post. The same happens to me when sleeping at 1 or 2 in the morning and waking up at 6. Then go to school at 7 and be there for 7 hours. Luckily, as you say, I wake up when chatting or playing with my friends, and the movement of one class to another, and working. Also, I live far from school! Yes, I also concur with your idea of having school one hour later, and because we are teens, we should sleep more and have more energy to do well in school. Maybe this idea has its ups and downs, but working out this issue, we can come to a good conclusion for all. I´m glad that you brought up this topic and thanks for sharing.

    • Anna, It’s weird how sleep is so vital to our well-being yet we do not make sleep a priority. It’s just as important as the food we eat, water we drink, and the air we breathe. Not getting enough sleep limits our ability to learn, concentrate and solve problems, which can result in lower test scores and lower grades. I agree that schools need to find a solution to their sleep deprived students, whether that is starting school late, or not assigning loads of homework.

    • I totally agree with you, we are sleeping at 1 and waking up at 6, this is because we have a lot of things to do. We are teenagers and we have to sleep more to work well in school and do the things we have to do, things that we do after school, like sports, and extra classes.I think that is a good idea to go to school one our later so we can sleep more time and be better in school and not feeling sleepy in school . I am grateful that a person thinks the same as me, thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Anna, I found your post very interesting to read. Sleep is for sure a necessity and in order to function to the best ability, the more sleep the better. I couldn’t count how many times I have had to stay up super late to work on homework or school work, and the next day I felt so drained and exhausted. I would consider myself to be a morning person but I don’t like waking up early 5 days of the week. I believe some change is needed. I really enjoyed reading your post.

    • Hello Anna,
      I think almost every teenager can relate to this. Sleep needs to be a priority in our lives and I believe teachers need to understand that. With us having a heavy load of activites after school, there is no time for homework. What I think will help us with our sleeping schedule is if teachers assign homework in advance so we have time to space the assignment out and understand the subject completely.

    • Anna,
      this is incredibly relatable. I think that schools are starting to realize this. In fact, my high school might be implementing a new schedule next year where the juniors (only them) can have a 2nd through 7th hour. We normally only have six hours, so this allows students to come in later and leave and hour later (although the seventh hour can either be American Lit or Chemistry).Although this could be tricky with transport like you said, it’s definitely doable.

  • High school is no piece of cake for students. Extracurriculars, sports, and academics all play a factor into how much sleep a high schooler may get. Earlier starts to the day don’t favor their sleep patterns at

    • I agree that teenagers should have an extra hour of sleep due to the fact that its proven that our brains don’t function until like around 9 or 10

  • Women and men should always be treated equally. Same pay for the same work. Same options. The chance to serve your country by joining the army should not be any different. Women should be able to serve in the army

  • Rachel,
    I agree that college tuition is growing higher and higher, which is a main concern for many people. I like the point you brought up about how some colleges overspend for the pride of their college. Those schools are usually the ones students hear about the most and apply to the most which raises their superiority. Their legacy and how…[Read more]

  • Lord Voldemort doesn’t get enough credit for his talents. Sure, he had no mercy and he never felt any remorse when mass murdering, but his skills were incredible. Wielding the most powerful wand in the world, or f

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