Background On School Start Times

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Background on School Start Times in the United States
For years and years there has been a lot of discussion about when a reasonable time for students to wake up and go to school should be. There are two main sides. One side believes that school should start later, and the other side believes that the school start times should not be changed. The average teenagers’ alarm for school goes off as early as 6:00 A.M. A little less than half of U.S. public schools start before 8:00 A.M. Studies show that over half of students are not getting 8 hours of sleep or more. That leads to the 33% of teenagers who are found asleep in the classroom (Owens).
This issue is very important because a lot of students are failing their classes because of the times they have to wake up. They are too tired in the morning, and have no energy to get their work done. This nation as a whole would see a large increase of grades if school started later in the day. A lot of people say the United States of America is probably one of the most uneducated countries, but small steps can make that change.
There have been many counties that pushed forward start times. Other counties still have yet to decide whether or not to push their times forward, because there are a few setbacks to it. Early start times have always been an issue for students, but it is a very disputed issue so it will be very difficult coming up with a solution.

Argument For Later Start Times Later school start times would have so many…
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