Cause And Effect On School Start Time

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Today’s students are often having to deal with falling asleep in class, resulting in lowering grades. Many argue that school starting times could be a major cause. U.S. News and World Report released its annual public high-school rankings with the “School for the Talented and Gifted” in Dallas Texas earning the top spot for the fifth year in a row. “The rankings are based on a wealth of data, including graduation rates and student performance on state proficiency test and advanced exams, as well as other relevant factors… But there’s one key metric that isn’t tracked despite having a proven impact on academic performance: school start times” (Slate). Many students all over the world who are having to wake up as early as 6:00 a.m to get to school by 7:30 struggle with not getting enough sleep. “...Problems associated with insufficient sleep can occur, including depression, obesity, migraines, and weakened immune systems” (Slate). Not getting enough sleep is a serious health risk, especially in developing teenagers. “The financial benefits would come primarily from two sources. Greater academic performance is expected to lead to higher lifetime earnings among more well-rested students. Savings would come from lower rates of car crashes among sleepy teen drivers” (Newsela). The United States would gain roughly $9 Billion by making a making a very simple Nationwide change of having school start no later than 8:30 a.m. Students yearly are affected by how early school starts
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