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Persuasive Essay About Starting School Late

School Should Start Later! A Persuasive Essay (Could Also Be Used As A Speech) About Why High School Should Start Later

Don't you hate waking up early in the morning? Almost every weekday, high school students are waking up around six o'clock in the morning to get ready for school, some even earlier. It's not practical for high school classes to start at 7:44. It's just too early for teenage minds to function properly. Our school should start at least an hour later than that. With the extra hour, our attendance would improve, as well as our grades and attitudes. The facts are all there, so why shouldn't the hours change?

For the 1997-1998 school year, the University of Minnesota conducted a study on Minneapolis high schools. Their starting times were changed from 7:15 to 8:40. The results of this change were obvious. Teachers reported that students were more alert during the first two periods of the day and that attendance improved by five percent. After such a revealing study, why aren't more schools catching on?

It's a proven fact that teenagers need between 8 ½ and nine hours of sleep each night. It's also a proven fact that only fifteen percent of teenagers get the sleep that they need. Can you believe that more than twenty-five percent of teenagers sleep less than seven hours a night? Are you one of those teenagers? Well, part of the reason why this is happening is because school starts so early in the morning. If school hours were changed, teenagers would be much healthier and feel better about themselves.

Furthermore, school officials are always complaining that so many of their students are constantly tardy to school. They even have a policy in our school that states, if you are tardy five times to a certain class you have to stay an hour after school sitting in detention. Out of the many reasons students receive an office detention for being tardy, it's usually due to their first period class. They don't get to school on time because they oversleep. With an extra hour, don't you think it would be much easier to get to school on time? According to the Michigan study, attendance for every grade in all of their Minneapolis high schools improved. So if these school officials don't like students being tardy, why don't they consider having school start...

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School Should Start Later

By Noah

I’m pretty sure most people hate getting up super early in the morning to get to school.  Am I right?  Well I think it’s the worst!  In my opinion, I think school should start later because it is better for one’s health and it’s better for students’ concentration in class.  One other reason why school should start later is because it is more convenient.

In the first place it’s better for one’s health.  In order for your body to grow and develop you have to get enough sleep. If you do not get enough sleep it will lower the immune system and increase one’s chances of getting ill.  Also, if school starts later you will be able to have a proper and healthy breakfast.  It is important for students’ because with there growing bodies and developing brains they need regular refueling often, from food. When kids skip breakfast, they don’t get what they need to be at their best in school and at home.  If you’re short on time you can just throw some fruit in a blender and make a delicious and nutritious smoothie. These things will improve one’s health.

In addition to improving one’s health, it is also better for one’s concentration. The average student needs about ten hours of sleep; however, most students, especially teens, only get around seven hours of sleep. If school started later students would be able to sleep in and therefore get more sleep which would increase their concentration in class.

Finally, if school started later it would be more convenient for students’, parents, and teachers, too.  With school starting later, you will not be rushed and will have plenty of time to gather your things such as homework, school supplies and books.  On top of not being rushed, you will not be as stressed whether you’re a parent, teacher or student.

I just stated a few reasons why school should start later, but there are many more.  The main reasons why school should start later are that it’s better for one’s health, it’s better for students’ concentration in class, and last but not least it’s more convenient for everyone.  Now just imagine sleeping in on a Monday morning and relaxing before school. Now that’s more like it.  Now my next step is to make this a reality!

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Posted January 27, 2015 by noahjv1 in category 2014-2015, Writing Workshop

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