Push back Collierville Schools' start times for the benefit of its students
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School start times are presently one of the most hotly debated topics in the realm of education. Although change can be difficult, a plethora of scientific research, as well as adolescent biology, indicates that later start times are an optimal goal for the health and safety of all students.
Here is why:
- Academic benefits: One of the most significant effects of later start times is improved academic performance by students, proven to be the result of enforcing better rest for students.
- Economic benefits: Long-term economic beneficence is strongly associated with later start times due to improved professional and academic performance by students and reduced rates of vehicle accidents.
- Health benefits: Students are irrefutably healthier when better rested, as proven by the extensive research of various medical organizations.
- Emotional benefits: Various emotional and psychological benefits — which would accompany improved health — are also abundant in school systems that have espoused later start times.
- Social benefits: Students may reap the benefits of an improved social life as a result of better rest were school start times to be made later.
- Safety benefits: Accident rates can be expected to plummet with better rest for students as the result of later start times.
- Athletic benefits: The health of athletes is dramatically improved by later start times as a result of improved rest.
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Thus, we urge the Collierville School Board to acknowledge the plight of Collierville's students and to push middle and high school start times back — as pediatricians suggest for adolescents — to improve the mental health, rest and comfort of its students, and thus the quality of life of those under its jurisdiction.
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