Last month, sleep researchers from Brown University confirmed what any adolescent already knows: School starts too early. Their study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, showed pushing the start of classes back just 30 minutes at a Rhode Island boarding school produced happier, more alert kids who ate healthier breakfasts and did a better job of beating the morning bell.
According to district documents, its four high schools must adopt a later start time by the 2011-12 school year… Menlo-Atherton will start school at 8:45 a.m. three days a week, compared to its 7:50 a.m. start time last school year. The high school will start at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays to accommodate the school’s block schedule.
“It’s good for your health,” he said. “Teens need more sleep; we already knew this. But we try and treat them like mini-adults. We cannot treat them the same way as an adult, though; they need more sleep and we adults need to acknowledge that.”
Better now than never, I guess. (But seriously, where was this attention ten years ago, when I was in high school?)