Teens across the United States know what it’s like to wake up with the sun.
About 43% of U.S. public high schools start before 8 a.m.- significantly earlier than at most workplaces. We’re all for learning self-discipline and making the most out of your time in high school, but is waking up at the crack of dawn really what is best for growing teens?
Many people- including the superintendents of school districts in 41 states- say no. The issue of high school students functioning at higher levels later in the day, yet being expected to perform earlier than any other age group, is not a new one. The growing support for moving high school start times to later in the morning, however, has only in the past year begun to gain momentum.
Even U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has tweeted his support. He also linked to an article on the issue in the Washington Post (read here).
What do you guys think? Would waking up an hour or two later each morning make a difference? If you’re convinced, take action!