Wahlstrom reports on the contentious discussion and debate about whether or not schools should consider switching to later start times. When classes start before 8:15, students become sleep deprived causing memory deficits, impaired performance and alertness, and being able to stay on task. Even though there are all these negative consequences to early start times why do schools still continue to start before 8:15? Wahlstrom mentioned the possible reasons why more schools have not made the switch. Wahlstrom stated, “As other districts consider the change to a later start for their high schools… an extremely contentious decision because administrators do not want any local advocacy group or start policymaker to interfere in a decision normally
Although there is a preponderance of the evidence that supports the later start times for Middle and High schools, some people feel that the befits do not outweigh the costs that come along with starting school later in the day and that those obstacles s are too difficult to overcome. Many of these impediments are because of the fact that starting school at a later time would result in school ending at a later time in order for schools to meet the minimum about of hours they are required to have in the day. In other words, the time being taken away at the beginning of the day has to be added to the end. The competitiveness of getting into colleges requires that high school students participate in numerous extra-curricular activities and/or
Yet still, parents and students are pushing for later start times in schools to accommodate to the natural schedule. Starting school at 9-10am rather 6-8am would drastically increase a student’s performance in school and would allow for more productivity and higher grades. Proper cognitive function would allow for happier and healthier students and could allow for a more positive social environment in
Along with the comeback of school we need to “Pity our poor teachers who spend every September reprogramming children to do their homework, spending hours on remedial lessons and waiting until overtired children readjust to regular bedtimes” says McFeatters. She made me realize that schooling lacks over the summer and forgets to stick for the arrival of school. As stated, teenage workers’ jobs have become taken by those whom are unsuccessful adults trying to make a living. Being a teenager, I plan on trying to get a job, but my education is also in my hands of retaining throughout a summer of jobs and even summer school to keep up with my schooling to get into more colleges with an overloaded class agenda. Year-round school would keep up with my education, and there would be more breaks to find jobs here and there to keep up with extra curricular, or even my car.
Many schools are now organizing school day schedules to maximize instructional time and minimize non-instructional time, such as recess (Pellegrini & Bohn, 2005). Schools made this shift in response to increased state testing and the associated pressures of funding. Some also believe that the shift to more instructional time and less non-instructional time was worsened with the adoption of Common Core standards in elementary schools. However, this may not be the best move for schools or for long-term student success.
In the article “Schools scrutinize block scheduling” Groves (2015) addresses the effects of block scheduling in Alamance-Burlington School System. He claims that implementing block schedules did not help this school system, and in fact has been detrimental to the students. Groves (2015) argues that before changing student schedules, enough research should be completed to determine whether this change will be helpful. With a traditional schedule, he says, students can slowly learn the information, instead of cram it in all at once. He believes that teachers and students should have a say in which schedule the school adopts. Groves (2015) concludes that block scheduling is an unnatural, ineffective way for students to learn.
“When schools have delayed the start of the school day, communities have seen reduced tardiness, sleeping in class, and car crash rates, as well as improved attendance, graduation rates, and standardized test scores” (School Start Later). There has been much debate whether start times for school should be kept where they are at or if they should be pushed back later. Research says that the teenage brain does not fully wake up till eight a.m. or later. So why don’t school systems make the decision to push back school start times for high school students? Although there are a few benefits to school starting earlier such as family time or an after school job, but the benefits of starting school later are much greater. Public schools should initiate later start times to increase the level of academic achievement, create a more positive attitude toward learning, and reduce the amount of stress on students.
In his article Mr. Carroll delves into the benefits and detriments to a later start time in schools, and he makes the argument that the benefits from a later start time to the individual student and society as a whole substantially outweigh any increased financial cost incurred in making a later start time a reality
For the past three or so years now, there have been many controversies on whether schools should start at a later time. There are definitely many pros and cons if school were to start at a later time, but many teenagers would greatly appreciate it. Nowadays lately, especially in our generation that is full of technology and socializing, students tend to stay up much later than they should be. This not only causes many problems for a student’s health itself, but also pushes many problems into a teacher’s hand. This leads to the conclusion that schools should start a much later time.
In the century long lifetime of my grandfather (1913-2013) he saw the world transform from a time with blacksmiths, typewriters and cobblestone to a place with iphones, genius bars and hybrid cars. The world he was born into is hardly recognizable compared to the one he left behind. Despite the many changes he saw in his lifetime, the education system has remained relatively constant. About education, Law professor Glenn Reynolds wrote, “We created an assembly-line system meant to churn out assembly-line workers, in his book “The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself” (Encounter Books). The bell rings, you move to where the schedule puts you, the bell
In discussions of whether or not schools should start later, one controversial issue has been that it gets in the way of parents work schedules. People who believe that it’s too much of an inconvenience claim that it’s never too soon to start getting used to an early schedule. On the other hand, those who believe schools should start later assert that it’s much better for a student's concentration and overall health. My own view is there are more benefits than negatives and we should really start to consider such a change.
One of the key factors that leads to success is education. Who could ever imagine that the amount of effort put in school affects grades, test scores, and college admissions? In the process of learning, there are responsibilities that the student must adhere to. The late-work policy should remain a rule because the quality of the assignment will be better due to the students having more time to complete it.
I would like to add more than 18 hours to your semester schedule because it would help me graduate in a reasonable time period. I only have enough money left for a couple more semesters. When it runs out I will not be able to afford college anymore. With this override I will be able to finish my education before finances becomes an
The typical length of school-days during the 20th and 21st centuries are fairly interchangeable. For instance, both time periods range from 7:30 start times to 3:00 dismissals. Many students are involved in extracurricular activities that start before the bell, or run after school. After a long day of school and extracurriculars, that can lead to very little time to be spent at home, working, or pursuing hobbies. The courses that were offered tend to stay the same, with more advanced courses appearing progressively. Currently in public schools, there are programs for