[R]esearchers evaluated 201 Rhode Island high school students whose school pushed back its start time from 8 to 8:30... After the delayed start, the percentage of students who said they got at least eight hours of sleep a night jumped from about 16 to 55 percent. Class attendance improved, and there were fewer visits to the health center for fatigue-related complaints. Plus, the number of students who said they felt unhappy, depressed, annoyed or irritated dropped significantly.First of all, I taught a 50-minute early-morning religion class for high school students starting at 6:10 AM, so I can only imagine what it would have been like to have started my class at 7:30 AM. Second - and I say this as a devoted morning person - if everybody including scientists think it's better to start school later, why don't more schools do it?
Monday, July 5, 2010
Sometimes state-of-the-art science comes up with something totally unexpected - like quantum mechanics for example. Other times it comes up with something anyone who has ever been 16 could tell you. From Scientific American's summary (which can be heard at the bottom of this post):