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There’s A Simple Way To Help Kids Learn More: Start School Later

Study after study has found that American teenagers are sleep deprived, need more sleep and that later school starting times would benefit their learning and test scores.

“Most American students are severely sleep-deprived. Teenagers average about seven to seven-and-a-half hours of sleep a night, even though doctors recommend they get about nine hours. Hormonal changes in teens tend to keep them up late.”

“Some public school districts, like Seattle, have taken strides to delay start times in the interest of student health. But others have actually moved to make start times earlier, Boser said. Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that schools start after 8:30 a.m., the average start time for middle and high schools around the country is 8:03 a.m., according to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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