Pediatricians' Rx for schools: Later start times

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  • Older Mom Roswell, GA
    Aug. 26, 2014 11:24 a.m.

    What is a bit ironic is that our High School does start after 8:30, but early morning Seminary makes the start of the school day at 7 am. It is worth it though:)

    Aug. 25, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    While adequate sleep (most teens need more than 8 hours) is a good thing, it will not reset the biological clocks. Teems brains and bodies operate on a different one than younger children; we've know this for at least 15 years.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Aug. 25, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    @Jason D

    Quite right. In addition, I would add that the purpose of education is to prepare young people to enter the workforce. This isn't limited to "hard skills" (reading, writing, math, etc.) that they will need in order to be able to do their future jobs. It also includes "soft skills" such as critical thinking, work ethic, teamwork, etc. One of those "soft skills" is learning how to get to bed at a reasonable hour so you can get up for your work day, which most often starts at 8:00.

    Are we really preparing our kids for the working world if we start their school at 11:00, while the day after they graduate they have to start work at 8:00? No.

    Work usually beings in the early-ish morning. That's when kids need to be in school so they can get used to it.

  • Jason D Richfield, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 8:35 a.m.

    Why don't parents take the responsibility of taking their kids cell phones away and making the go to be earlier. Why is it the schools responsibility to make sure teenagers get enough sleep. Isn't that a parental responsibility?

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 8:30 a.m.

    As educators we have known this for years, but the reality of developing bus schedules that can travel the needed routes to different schools in a cost efficient manner. Early bed time and more sleep is about the only practical answer.