There are many pros and cons as to why school should start later. In the pros, many students are stressed out in the morning and tired from not getting enough sleep, and starting later could be the solution. Many students have work, sports, and club activities after school which doesn’t give them much time to do homework. With activities after school and then coming home to supper, students do not have a chance to do their homework early in the evening, hence, they must stay up late to study.
Students have trouble staying awake and concentrating in the morning classes because school starts so early. With more time to sleep, students won’t be late for school and would have more time to get ready. Students also need time to sit and have breakfast in the mornings. 3/5 students do not eat breakfast in the mornings because they either don’t have an appetite early in the morning or they don’t have time. After asking sophomore Maggie Spurgeon what she thinks of having school start at 9 a.m. or 8 a.m. she says, “9 a.m., because I wouldn’t have to wake up as early, and I’ll be more awake for school.” 4/5 students said that if they woke up later they would have time and an appetite to eat breakfast.
Now, even though there are many pros, there are also just as many cons to school starting later. If school started later, some students would take advantage of the time and just stay up later, leaving them more tired in the morning. 1/5 students said that if school started later they would stay up later than usual. Not all students even do homework every night, allowing them to be tired in the mornings because they must get up and do the homework they chose not to do. If we look at this from the real world perspective, It’s not only us students who have to get up early in the mornings. Our parents and teachers get up everyday just like us and go to work early. We need to be prepared for when we get older and have a job. The problem with students is not the lack of brain function, but the lack of initiative and responsibility. Right now is easy, but there will be bigger consequences later in life.
Starting school later in the morning and ending later in the day will mess up schedules, and only encourage students to be lazy. After asking sophomore Cody Becker what he thinks of having school start at 9 a.m. or 8 a.m., he says, “8 a.m., because If school started later it would get out later, and I work after school. I’m a morning person so it doesn’t bother me to wake up early.” Students have sports, work, and family obligations to do after school. Just because some students complain about being tired in the mornings, doesn’t mean every student’s routine should be disrupted because of choices a few make for themselves. If you’re tired in the mornings you need to change your schedule and go to bed earlier.
There are many reasons as to why school should start early, as well as reasons why it should not. I am among those who disagree with a late start schedule. After listing all of the pros and cons, I would have to say it’s clear to see that those who disagree with the later start schedule agree that school shouldn’t get out later. 4/5 students say that school should start at 9 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. just so they have more time to sleep, and those who selected 8 a.m. chose that time so school wouldn’t have to go on longer.