6:00 – 6:30 am might not sound too early to some. In fact, my dad wakes up at 5:00 in the morning to get to his job. However, when he comes home some time between 6:30 and 9:00 pm, he doesn’t usually have additional work for his job, meaning that his work day is shorter than that of a student. This is because of the one to seven hours of homework a kid in my classes has a night! When one takes into account the time-consuming extracurriculars (soccer, dance, flute, crew, etc, etc) that my fellow peers and I partake in – in addition to a lot of homework – middle and high school students get to be very late. Most kids end up coming to school very sleep-deprived, in fact.
Now consider that the amount of hours of sleep a fourteen-year-old is supposed to get is around ten hours a night. Middle and high schools start at 7:50 am in the Seattle Public School District! If one woke up at 7:20, which is when my yellow bus comes in the morning, then they would have to go to bed at 9:20pm to get ten hours of sleep! The fact that a student would either “go to bed at 9:20 or wake up at 7:20”, however is quite “unrealistic” according to Conor Gormally of Washington Middle School.
This is why I propose that school starts at least an hour later than it currently does. An hour of sleep would make a work of difference in a student’s attitude toward school and grades would definitely rise. Most importantly, however, kids would be more well-rested and therefore healthier.
8th Grader at Washington Middle School