It was disheartening to read in the Canberra Times on the 12th of December 2013, that all schools in the state are contemplating increasing the length of a school day from 7-9 hours. In the article “Howard calls for change in school hours?” John Howard, our Prime Minister, is attempting to convince the public that ‘children going to school longer hours will benefit them and their children more than having a normal length school day’. He claims our current school system is out of date and doesn’t reflect current trends where both parents work long hours. Clearly what he has failed to do is realise the cost of sending students to a private schools, the negative impact on adolescence’s sleep, and the effects of loss of extra curricular activities.
If the school day becomes longer, the school would then increase the fees of students to meet their additional costs of running the school, disbursements such as paying teachers for longer hours and security staff. Howard’s proposal is flawed. It is very much baseless as he should have gathered. Parents may be just scraping by with the cost of sending one or multiple high school students to school at a time. Now if this becomes a reality the ‘Heads of School’s’ around the city are going to have to increase the fees. Parents already spend over 10,000 dollars a school year on tuition.
According to the Center for Advancing Health, ‘only about 8 percent of high school students get enough sleep on an average school night, a large new study finds’ (2010). Not only the that but ‘others are living with borderline-to-serious sleep deficits that could lead to daytime drowsiness, depression, and poor performance at school.’ (Center for Advancing Health, 2010). “The natural sleep-wake pattern shifts during adolescence, making earlier bed time and wake times more difficult. The result for students with early school start-times, (longer school hours) is a enduring sleep deficits,” said lead study author...
Bibliography: Sylviane Duval, C. (2010). Most High School Students Are Sleep Deprived | Center for Advancing Health. [Online] Cfah.org. Available at: http://www.cfah.org/hbns/2010/most-high-school-students-are-sleep-deprived [Accessed 10 Feb. 2015].
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