Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Later school start benefits teens

An Associated Press article in the Daily Chronicle (DeKalb) reveals that a 30-minute later start to the school day benefits teens.

The results appear in July's Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, where an editorial said the study adds to "a growing body of evidence that changing the start time for high schools is good for adolescents."

An associate director at the National Association of Secondary School Principals favors later class times for teens but said most districts oppose it.

I remember when District 200 announced several years ago that the school day would start earlier. One mother wrote a Letter to the Editor, saying that she thought kids might learn better earlier in the day, but "they have to be awake first." Now that was one smart mom!

See the article at www.daily-chronicle.com/articles/2010/07/05/83366941/index.xml

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