Why Should School Start Later

Courtesy of NBC News

Courtesy of NBC News

Kennedy Wertz, Staff Writer

Students are in school about seven hours a day. After school, many of these students participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, theater, or volunteering. Although academic work is important, these extra-curricular activities are also good for students because they teach responsibility and teamwork. 

Most colleges require a wide variety of  athletic and community service activities from incoming freshman students. These activities however, are often pushed out by time,school and homework. The educational system should focus on forming well-founded people, but students are instead focusing primarily on intellectual pursuits. Less time in school could allow students the freedom to discover other interests that are fulfilling and stimulating.

In addition to students having more time to focus on important activities, a shorter school day would allow students more time to rest. According to WebMD, children between the ages of 12 to 18 need at least eight hours of sleep each night, sometimes even nine. In addition, many schools begin very early in the day, as early as 7:30 a.m. To get the recommended amount of sleep, students may have to go to bed around 9 or 10 p.m. The reality is between time in school and time doing homework, students don’t have the time to spend on other activities, friends and fun, let alone getting the sleep they desperately need. A later start would help students receive the rest that doctors recommend. 

When asked what he thinks about school ending earlier he stated “Kids need time to relax and unwind from their day, having school end earlier would help a bunch.”