Thursday, September 6, 2007

Later start time for students

I was out door knocking today in Westmount and got the following comment: "Why can't school start later? Maybe 9 AM for younger kids and 9:30 AM for high school."

Certainly, I've read a number of studies that say that teenagers go through a profound shift in their internal (circadian) clock and that they basically aren't awake until 9:30 or so. Most teenagers are sleep-deprived because they just can't get to sleep early enough to give them the hours they need. Some schools in the States have moved to a later start time and shown drastic improvement in testing results. It's worth discussing.

What do you think?

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