For years I've read that a later school start time would be better for students, especially high school students. Why do these articles never mention putting the darned phones away at bedtime, or what time schools start in China, or Korea, or Singapore, or Finland, or Germany, all of which are supposed to have better performing students than we do, and neither do such articles mention if those foreign students have the same sleep issues American students seem to. It's enough to make you wonder:
Starting school later in the morning allows adolescents and teens to get the sleep they need to perform well in the classroom and maintain overall health, a study published Thursday by the journal Sleep found.
By pushing the school day back an hour, high school students obtained an extra four hours or so of sleep per week, the data showed.
More than 10% of students in grades 9 through 12 surveyed as part of the study reported they slept better, and about 20% indicated they experienced less daytime sleepiness, or feeling the need for sleep during the school day, the researchers said...
"Families need to recognize that sacrificing sleep means sacrificing physical and mental health, as well as performance, both academic and athletic."
Before school shut down last year, my school started at 8:05 each morning. Once we shut down due to the 'rona, classes didn't start until 9 am. I didn't notice kids any more awake and attentive in class.
I used to survey my students, mostly seniors, about school starting at 8:30. They would almost unanimously say that if school started at 8:30, they'd take "0 period", with a starting time of about 7:30. Why? So they'd have their afternoons free. They would rather start earlier than later. I always found that interesting, because every single article you'll ever read about later start times tells you how much better it would be for kids.
Several years ago a parent group tried to get our school, and only our school, to switch to a later start time. They tried to convince us that athletes wouldn't miss even more afternoon class time by doing so. We didn't buy it--and I even can't tell you how many hours of class are missed a week by athletes now.