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Sleepy Teens in School: Does a later "start time" for the school day work better?

CJ Westerberg, March 14, 2014 12:24 PM

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UPDATE March 14 2014 - To Keep Teens Alert, Schools Let Them Sleep In via NYTIMES

UPDATE March 7 2012 - Liz Bowen, The Baltimore Sun, reports that a group of Arundel mothers deliver petition for national legislation.  Caption showing high schoolers for the STEM magnet school catching a school bus at 6:15 A.M.  

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Parents of teens know how difficult it is to get them to bed at a reasonable hour for school.
We've heard how important sleep is for academic focus - it just makes sense.  But, as importantly, numerous studies have shown that it's simply a biological fact that teens' brains re-adjust to prefer those nocturnal hours over the early-bird ones.

Polytechnic High in Pasedena, California, decided to delay classes one hour and made it work logistically to not just accommodate, but to enhance learning. This is known as sleeping while playing game of poker which is common when playing poker online through poker sites 

Last year my daughter had PE as her first class of the day and loved it (wonder if this could work for schools that just can't manage this time shift).
This year it's Math as the first period.  Let's see how that goes . . .

- C. J. Westerberg

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