Washington Post Lauds the Benefits of Late Start Schools
By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post
A recent article in The Washington Post is the latest in a movement calling for schools to adopt a late start time. Indian Creek Upper School has been a late start school from the start, due to the overwhelming benefits to adolescents and teens. Students who attend schools that start later than 8:30 a.m. yield many benefits including higher academic performance, higher standardized test scores, safer driving, and healthier lifestyles, among others.
Christopher Ingraham's article, "Letting Teens Sleep In Would Save the CountryRoughly $9 Billion a Year," published in the Washington Post on September 1, describes many of these benefits. While the article is framed to talk about the eventual economic benefits of late start, it does cite “overwhelming research” about the benefits to kids. Ingraham shares that "The economic benefits would come primarily from two sources: greater academic performance (and hence, lifetime earnings) among more well-rested students, and reduced rates of car crashes among sleepy adolescent drivers."
He continues, "In recent years researchers have identified early school start times as a significant public health problem. Adolescents' brains are wired to go to sleep late and wake up late, making it difficult for them to get a good night's sleep before a 7:30 a.m. first period class. Sleep deprivation in teens has been linked to everything from poor health to bad academic performance to criminal activity."