To the Editor:
As a senior in high school, I believe starting school early has a negative effect on kids for many reasons. Parents want their children to learn as much as possible within the school day.
Learning is great, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes having eight classes a day for seven hours, five days a week sitting down and learning is a lot.
Also, getting homework from those eight classes give you at least two to three hours of learning at home. That is more than nine hours a day having to stress about school. This not only stresses kids out but also gives them less sleeping time. Having teenagers go to sleep early is hard because some of them have work or after-school activities.
That is why there is such a long list of students sleeping though their alarm clock in the morning.
The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees. This prominent group of professionals recommends middle and high schools delay the start of class to 8:30 a.m. or later.
If school hours were shorter and started later, more kids would be coming to school on time, kids would be less stressed out and more grades would go up. Not to mention that there would be more shining faces.
Teenagers would be able to balance school and work without a doubt, and lastly, kids would have more time to be involved in after-school activities.