Twenty Ticks on the Clock
That’s the net gain from an effort to start school for upper grade students in Montgomery County later in the morning. Hardly the answer to getting students experts say the additional sleep they need to function well at school. In all, it was much to-do about nothing. How many hours were spent researching, testifying, analyzing and voting on ways to get our kids more time? No matter how you shake it the alarm is going to go off in the morning and in the case in my house if it is before 10 a.m., you’re going to have a teen who doesn’t really want to be woken up. No, we don’t have a crazy bedtime schedule that has said teen asleep at midnight, yet said high schooler is also not catching zzz’s by 9 a.m.
I’m pretty sure in the history of teens, sleepy ones are the norm.
But the slight adjustment might make it that much more difficult for the teachers who teach them to coordinate their schedules to get in the classroom. Some testified they live out-of-county and now have an out-of-sync schedule with their own children’s school schedule. Others have said the adjustment puts them into the mainstream rush hours adding more traffic to our roadways. And two-parent working households are again under pressure to find a way to balance the home/work schedule.
I think instead of trying to fabricate more hours on the clock, what we should look at is the pressures our teens are under to meet the ever-rising bar for their performance. I think teens are stressed by trying to create a resume in high school that shows them to be an athlete, a scholar (but not just a run-of the-mill scholar but one who has led a nonprofit, or invented a new way to split atoms), a volunteer and a broadway singer. That is the pressure that is keeping them up at night and affecting their health.
Enjoy your 20 minutes students. I am sure you can use it to squeeze in one more activity.