Opinion: School Should Start at 10 AM


Karalyne Chesser, Writer

Let’s say you have a test first thing in the morning, and it’s not a small one. You can’t get it out of your mind. You are unable to sleep. Finally, at 4 AM, you doze off. Your alarm goes off at 6:30, and you begin to prepare for the school day. Minutes after you are off to school, 8 AM rolls around and there you are, taking a test that you end up failing because of sleep deprivation.

School should not start at 8:00 for this reason. Our brains do not start working until 9:00-10:00 AM, depending on the person. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, teenagers’ melatonin release is different than that of adults. This means that we do not go into a deep sleep until later in the night. Therefore, going to bed earlier will not help.  The Telegraph states that “it has been proven that kids’ brains do not fully start to comprehend and remember certain things until 10:00 AM,” but that adults are fully awake by 9:00 AM.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, “teens are among those least likely to get enough sleep” because we while need over 9 hours per night, we only get “an average of 7 hours per night.”

So why don’t we change it? One of the reasons we don’t start school later is because of transportation schedules. Parents have to work and it would be a lot harder to bring their children to school. But there is an easy solution for this: it’s called buses and carpooling. If there were buses that went to the homes of kids who needed them, it would solve that problem, and most schools already do that! Black River could, and should, as well.

We know that sleep deprivation is hurting many of us every day, and the main cause of this is simply the time school starts. Sleep deprivation is not a joke. School is important. This is something we hear all the time from adults, right? Well, a quarter of the time we’re here, we don’t even comprehend a thing because our brains are not the same as those of adults.

If school started at 10:00, would you have had a higher chance of acing that test?