Giving Students a Voice

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In OUSD schools, school starts at 8, but the average teen brain wakes up at about 10 a.m.. So schools need to start later. Teens everywhere are waking up too early, and many are not ready to learn during their first couple classes. Many feel that they don’t have the time and energy for their extra curricular activities. The Teenage years are the most misunderstood years of a person's life. Adults think they have unlimited energy and sleep isn’t very important, but don't and sleep is of all importance. It’s a fact that teenagers need more sleep than adults, but in fact they're getting far less. 70% of students said that they were often or always stressed, 56% listed homework as primary stressor, less than 1% said homework wasn’t a stressor. We interviewed Ms. Delgado and she said, “I mean definitely in zero period the energy is really low and I think students are really tired and I do think that it does carry over to first and second period. Possibly even the entire day because you guys are getting up an entire hour earlier and staying until 3:35.” She is saying that she thinks that the school days are long. She also thinks that waking up early is putting us at a disadvantage. There isn't enough energy and it is making us tired all day.

Many high school students don’t get the sleep they need because their teachers do not collaborate on the amount of homework given to their students; furthermore, students and their parents don’t know the significant effects of sleep deprivation on the mind and body. In an interview with Ms. Delgato, she stated, “So it’s your english teachers, your computer science teachers, and sometimes your math teacher depending on what math teacher you have. So they sit down and talk, but they don’t collaborate on how much homework they are giving every night." This means that our teachers are already sitting down, but they aren't talking about how much homework or planning to spread out their projects so students don't have 3 different projects at the same time. I remember in the middle of the school, i had a science project, a spanish project, a computer project and a history project. “According to Harvard Medical School, studies show that sleeping less than five hours a night increases the risk of death from all causes by about 15 percent. Sleep deprivation is dangerous to your mental and physical health and can dramatically lower your quality of life.”

 



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