Should School Start Later?

Should School Start Later?

Ben Franklin once said, “Early to bed and early is to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

Franklin was correct, and he relates to our modern day kids who spend all day in school, have their afternoons full of extracurricular activity, and then go home to a pile of homework. 

Children today are busier than they’ve ever been. They also have to stay up later. Much later. If schools would start at a later time, students wouldn’t feel the stress of having to get up early when they work the previous night.  Students would feel more energetic at school and will get more sleep. Some students work late until ten o’clock and still have to do hours of homework. When one has a schedule like that, then having energy at school the next day is somewhat impossible. 

We interviewed a fellow student named Emily Farkas because of her interesting lifestyle. Emily takes rigorous courses that include AP classes, has a job, and runs track. Our first question was what her thoughts were regarding school starting at ten instead of eight-thirty.

She said, “Yes we should start at ten. It would give us a chance to be more well rested and awake for class.”

Now if school was to start at ten, then we would have to make up the hours for school to still be seven hours each day. So I decided to ask the following question:

“Would you be okay if school was the end at five to make the same hours?”

Her response was, “I would not like it if school ended at five. I think that we should have shorter days with less breaks during the school year”.

When you look at the situation as a whole, it would be hard to try to make this work for everybody. Everyone likes the idea of getting to school later, but they don’t want it to end later. In our personal opinion, the time that school starts and ends works for us. When one thinks about it, ending school at five pushes a lot of things back. Most sports teams practice for at least two hours, so on average one wouldn’t get home and settled in until eight. Then students would still have to do homework depending on their course load, which could range from thirty minutes to three hours. Losing all of the extra time in the day to get to school later would not be beneficial to students.