Here’s What You Said about School Kids’ Sleep [PHOTOS]
Here's all your comments to Tuesday's topic. Do you think kids in middle and high school should start classes later in the morning?
Again I will say it. You guys never disappoint. This is a pretty passionate one.
A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that teens need more sleep to function, and middle and high school students shouldn't start school until 8:30 in the morning. What do you think? Does school need to start later?
Here's some of your comments:
- Joseph M Couture No, I think they should be going to bed earlier so that they can get up earlier without feeling so rundown. Our bodies will adjust to what ever time schedule we use. A big part of the problem is video games and night time television. Benjamin Franklin once said, "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." Or, at least that's what my mother told me. :)
- Jessica Kelley Wow that's funny. If adults don't have to go to work 6 days a week with no time off why should kids havw to go through that? We as adults usually don't have to work all day and then come home and spend all evening doing homework. I think they have too much "school" nowadays.
- Melissa Paquette Cox I don't understand the concept... If they go to school later.... They get out later, after school activities will run later , homework will the run later....? How is that helping. If kids need more sleep then after school activities should end by 4:30 in the afternoon and then should get less homework. Homework should be to master the fundamentals not be a tedious task.... Nobody has to write 20 page papers or do 500 math problems.
- Jackie Fournier Willey Absolutely!!! I have a child starting middle school this year and there's no doubt that biology rules her sleep cycles! It only makes sense to listen to the experts and try to teach to a child who is optimally rested! I am a night shift nurse and know very well how sleep or lack thereof effects optimal functioning!
- Elizabeth Brockway In a perfect world yes, but we all know the world doesn't work that! Unless you attend a private school like I did junior and senior year that runs from 9-3, most kids aren't that lucky. It made a huge difference for me though, I'm not an early morning person, and that allowed me to actually be awake during my class vs. Sleeping through it!
- Elizabeth Brockway No matter what you do, no one can change someone's body clock like that, and with jobs or sports and the amount of homework most have they are up late at night. Teens need more sleep because of their growing bodies and brain chemistry but life usually gets in the way of that! So yes in a perfect world they should, but they don't.
- Tracy Gilbert McNaughton I think that school should start later in the morning because although students will eventually have to get up at early morning times for work, this will give them the chance to enjoy sleeping for what little time they'll have left of it. (by my son)
- Elizabeth Cogley No, I think things should remain as they are school wise: I think kids need to go to bed at a decent time. However, I do not agree with the amount of homework each student has. I do not agree with homework at all. Students put in their 7 hour day, let them be after they get home. They don't need to spend another 3+ hours doing damn homework.
- Meri Costa As a teacher, I have mixed feelings...there are studies that show teenagers need more sleep...however, the generation we have now is a gaming generation...they stay up too long on the games and then can't concentrate on their day. Personally, as a case manager, I have afternoon meetings...and my day is long enough.