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The case for starting schools later

from Edudemic

From July 19: Yawning students and a starting bells ringing before 7:30 a.m. are not uncommon sights and sounds at schools around the country each day. But although these early start times may work well with parental, bus, and after-school schedules, there’s significant evidence that these start times are detrimental to the physical health and academic well-being of students, especially older students. Many communities are considering or enacting later start times for their middle and/or high schools to allow students more sleep each day. Lack of sleep and tiredness at school among teenage students has been tied to difficulty concentrating, worse academic performance, weight gain, mood swings, anxiety, depression, and even driving accidents. more


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