Lessen school hours in all region of the Philippines

Lessen school hours in all region of the Philippines

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Ashley Danielle Morales started this petition to Philippine Senate and

Students in the Philippines are often sleep deprived because of loaded school works. These students need to be given ample time for rest, since this is how they regain their energy everyday. A 7 am to 4 pm class schedule is too hectic for the students thus giving them a hard time to adjust. Students sleep late due to their requirements and they're also required to wake up very early in the morning. Students tend to sleep in their first classes, thus affecting their academic performance. We propose an 8 am - 3:30 pm schedule at best to give the students at least one more hour to prepare and rest their minds and bodies.

According to the article: High School Pressure: Why Students Need Shorter Days, "By shortening the school days, students wouldn’t be as distressed about going to school and their grades would be higher. Fewer school hours per day would permit students to have enough time to study, complete school assignments, participate in after-school activities and be able to get to bed by a decent hour." 

According to the article: School starts too early, "Adolescents of this generation face a global chronic health problem: sleep deprivation. Researches show that getting enough sleep is a necessity in having a good health, essential as to eating and exercising. Adolescents are among those who sleep less than the number of hours, with a range of 8.5 hours to 9.5 hours per night, needed to perform well and have health and brain development.

Studies show that starting school early, may result to fewer hours of sleep. After school activities' schedule like sports, take home assignments from school, family obligations and other societal line ups would affect students' sleeping habits that won't allow them to obtain quality of sleep. In addition, due to consequences of puberty, changes in the natural sleep cycle and an increase in the amount needed of sleep would make it difficult for such adjustments. As a result, when it is time to wake up for school, the body says "hey, you still lack sleep, you need to rest."

Teens spend more time in school; however they weren't able to maximize these learning, since sleep deprivation prevents them to stay active, cope up with stress, and attain information. Adolescents who lack sleep have a higher risk for behavioral problems such as depression, prone to vices like drugs, health complaints, and lower academic or even athletic performance. Thus, lack of sleep can interfere with learning. Less sleep is associated with a decrease in performance.

According to the survey: Science news for students, ”It’s 8 a.m. and the first school bell rings. Some students zip through the halls. Others bumble along. It’s a common scene starting again across the United States. And it’s happening a bit too early in the morning for most tweens and teens, a new survey finds.

Starting school too early is not just a student complaint. It’s an observation backed by science, says Anne Wheaton. She works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga. As an epidemiologist, she probes the causes behind health problems. Her focus has been health problems linked with teens’ lack of sleep.

For a new study, she and her colleagues looked at the start times of an estimated 39,700 U.S. public schools during the 2011-2012 school year. The average start time was 8:03 a.m., they reported August 7 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

According to the study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov , “Insufficient sleep in adolescents has been shown to be associated with a wide variety of adverse outcomes, from poor mental and physical health to behavioral problems and lower academic grades. However, most high school students do not get sufficient sleep. Delaying school start times for adolescents has been proposed as a policy change to address insufficient sleep in this population and potentially to improve students’ academic performance, reduce engagement in risk behaviors, and improve health.

Most studies reviewed provide evidence that delaying school start time increases weeknight sleep duration among adolescents, primarily by delaying rise times. Most of the studies saw a significant increase in sleep duration even with relatively small delays in start times of half an hour or so. Later start times also generally correspond to improved attendance, less tardiness, less falling asleep in class, better grades, and fewer motor vehicle crashes. Although additional research is necessary, research results that are already available should be disseminated to stakeholders to enable the development of evidence-based school policies.

 

According to the article: Nation wide childrens, "Homework, sports, after-school activities and socializing lead to late bedtimes.As a result, most students are very sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation will impact on many aspects of your teenager’s functioning:Mood. Sleep deprivation will cause your teenager to be moody, irritable, and cranky. In addition, she will have a difficult time regulating her mood, such as by getting frustrated or upset more easily.Behavior. Teenagers who are sleep deprived are also more likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors, such as drinking, driving fast, and engaging in other dangerous activities.

Cognitive ability. Inadequate sleep will result in problems with attention, memory, decision making, reaction time, and creativity, all of which are important in school. Academic performance. Studies show that teenagers who get less sleep are more apt to get poor grades in school, fall asleep in school, and have school tardiness/absences.

 

Source:

High School Pressure: Why Students Need Shorter Days - https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/12/high-school-pressure-stud_n_1090158.html

 

School starts too early - https://www.change.org/p/department-of-education-school-starts-too-early

 

Science news for students- https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/survey-finds-us-schools-start-too-early

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4824552/

 

https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/sleep-disorder-center/sleep-in-adolescents

 

 

 

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