I will go with some anecdotal observation from my 25 years in the business.
School needs to start later, it would be one of the best things we could
actually do to help our students do better.
Now, here's a question for people who believe in Mark Twain's quote
"There are three types of falsehoods: lies, damn lies, and statistics."
Are these studies based on correlation, or do they use experiments to establish
causation? Just remember: correlation does not equal causation. There could be a
hidden variable creating both at the same time.
I can relate. I could never go to sleep before 1 as a teen.....no matter how
hard I tried. I think I slept thru at least 1 or 2 classes every day.
Hog Warsh! Now I agree that kids (and adults) need to get a full nights sleep.
I also agree that kids (and adults) will perform better in school, on the road,
at work, everywhere with good sleep habits. But to state that kids CAN'T
get to sleep before 11 or 12 at night because of brain chemistry???? There is
science at it's finest.During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy,
with extended power outages, bedtimes became significantly earlier. No lights,
no facebook, no texting, no late evening activities. After the sun went down,
many people sat in the dark with nothing to do and so what did they do? They
went to bed. And slept fine. And got up early. Brain chemistry was working
fine. Bed times can be adjusted.Now I'm not advocating that
technology is bad and needs to be eliminated, but it is a choice. Now, not
starting school until 8 or 8:30 seems reasonable and I'm sure early morning
seminary teachers and students would appreciate it. But if teens
"can't" get to bed before 11 or 12, then maybe their choices need
to be adjusted- or they will just be tired.
I have an idea. Let’s eliminate school all together. It seems that it does
nothing but cause stress and above all inconvenience for the parents. I find it
interesting that parents allow their children to play and run the neighborhood
until after 10:00 pm on a school night and then wonder why their children are so
tired and unmanageable in the morning. What’s even sadder is that instead
of the American Academy of Pediatrics sternly telling parents to send their
children to bed they are feeding the pandemic of blaming the system for the
failure of the school system. It is easy to see why this country isn’t
even in the top 20 for quality education any longer.