Around the world, students have already begun their school time. After approximately three months of summer vacation, teenagers have yet again to adapt to waking up to the early hours of the morning. While this has been the norm for decades, scientists believe that it is time for a change. Deciding later school time could not only boost students’ performance, but it can also save the U.S. national economy $9 billion.
Later School Time Would Lead to $8.6 Billion Savings to the National Economy
There are numerous studies over the years that indicate the school time starts at the wrong hours to the detriment of students and other community factors. In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics claimed that the majority of students in the United States are sleep deprived. Therefore, the institution presented later school time as a solution to improve their health condition.
Several other reports found the school starting time as a damaging agent for numerous other aspects. The most recent such paper comes from the Pediatrics department within the RAND Corporation. Their main conclusion was that later school time would considerably boost the national economy. Therefore, if students start going to school later in the day, in two years’ time, the U.S. would save $8.6 billion.
The Policy Change Will Generate for the U.S. Long-Term Positive Effects
Therefore, RAND claimed that its study brought another convincing argument to why school administrations should start changing their schedules. This way, the financial gains would surface from students experiencing a higher academic performance than ever before. On top of that, there would also be fewer car accidents whose authors are adolescents.
Senior behavioral and social researcher at RAND Corp, Wendy Troxel, claimed that the school start times represent the only institutional policy that was found to do more harm than good. She identified other health risks that students confront with such as blue light or technology use. However, they would require individual solutions unlike changing the time when the school starts.
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