School Should Start Later

642 Words Feb 24th, 2018 3 Pages
If you go without for too long, you will experience psychosis-like symptoms, along with long-term memory impairment, impaired cognitive functions, depression, high blood pressure, and probable mortality (a.k.a. death). As a society, not only to we withhold it from ourselves, but we impose an impoverished state on others. The mysterious formula? Sleep. In the United States of America, middle and high schools start as early as 7:00 am, requiring teenagers to rise at least at 6:30 in order to make it to class. As a nation, we can only view this as a monstrosity. In this essay, I will be going over three areas of analysis: one, why early start times for middle and high school create situations not in the interest of learning, two, why a later commencement time would have substantial benefits, and three, why said benefits would outweigh the disadvantages. First, why early commencement hours are disadvantageous to learning. As you (a teacher) know, middle and high schoolers spend a large percentage of time in school. However, this time is not being taken full advantage of. To quote the National Sleep Foundation, “Teens spend a great portion of each day in school; however, they are unable to maximize the learning opportunities afforded by the education system, since sleep deprivation impairs their ability to be alert, pay attention, solve problems, cope with stress and retain information.” This is because teens have a sleep…