Why School Should Start Later

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Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Your alarm clock is going off everyone is getting up and you're still tired. This teen stays up every night until 11 o'clock and has to be at school by 8:00. “For this teen to get enough sleep they would have to sleep until 7:30” (Macmillan April 17, 2017). School should start later because of teens, time, and you. My first reason is teens. Teens are a part of everyday life so you don’t want to see them driving while tired or not look that good. “Researchers analyzed data from more than 9,000 students at eight high schools in Minnesota, Colorado, and Wyoming and found that shifting the school day later in the morning resulted in a boost in attendance, test scores, and grades in math, English, science, and social studies. Schools also saw a decrease in tardiness, substance abuse, and symptoms of depression. Some even had a dramatic drop in teen car crashes” (Richmond August 17, 2015). Since the researchers had a good result then school starting later will have a good result as well. “Teen’s brains begin producing the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin on a delayed schedule, making it difficult for them to feel tired before 11 p.m. Because it’s normal to spend some time in bed before falling asleep, the authors write, “a teenager who goes to bed at 11 p.m. would need to sleep until 7:30 a.m. or later in order to obtain sufficient sleep” (Macmillan April 2017). This is my reasons for teens. For my second reason is time your teen will be able to have

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