Early Classes = Sleepy Teens (Duh!)
30 июля 2013

Early Classes = Sleepy Teens (Duh!)

Early Classes = Sleepy Teens (Duh!)
I'm Alex Villarreal with the VOA Special English Education Report, from voaspecialenglish.com | facebook.com/voalearningenglish Surveys of American teenagers find that about half of them do not get enough sleep on school nights. They get an average of sixty to ninety minutes less than experts say they need. One reason for this deficit is biology. Experts say teens are biologically programmed to go to sleep later and wake up later than other age groups. Yet many schools start classes as early as seven in the morning. As a result, many students go to class feeling like sixteen-year-old Danny. He plays two sports, lacrosse and football. He is an active teen -- except in the morning. He says getting up in the morning is pretty terrible. He is very tired. Through first and second period of school he can barely stay awake. Michael Breus is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in sleep disorders. He says teenagers need to sleep eight to nine hours or even nine to ten hours a night. He says sleepy teens can experience a form of depression that could have big effects on their general well-being. It can affect not just their ability in the classroom but also playing sports and driving a car. Michael Breus says any tired driver is dangerous, but especially a teenager with a lack of experience. So what can schools do about sleepy students? The psychologist says one thing they can do is start classes later in the morning. He points to studies showing that students can improve by a full letter grade in their first- and second-period classes. Eric Peterson is the head of St. George's School in the state of Rhode Island. He wanted to see if a thirty-minute delay would make a difference. It did. He says visits to the health center by tired students decreased by half. Late arrivals to first period fell by a third. And students reported that they were less sleepy during the day.Eric Peterson knows that changing start times is easier at a small, private boarding school like his. But he is hopeful that other schools will find a way.Patricia Moss, an assistant dean at St. George's School, says students were not the only ones reporting better results. She says just about all the teachers noticed immediately much more alertness in class and a more positive mood. For VOA Special English I'm Alex Villarreal. You can read, listen and comment on our programs at voaspecialenglish.com. We're also on Facebook and Twitter at VOA Learning English. (Adapted from a radio program broadcast 07Oct2010)
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#1 написал: prettylidi14 (1 августа 2013 13:11)
This news is a special news for people who are learning english so they speak? slowly on purpose.
#2 написал: Kyanna Bencosme (1 августа 2013 13:11)
Why is she talking so slow? It made it hard to? focus
#3 написал: Hayley Pride (1 августа 2013 13:11)
#4 написал: jsuriano55 (1 августа 2013 13:11)
Does? anyone else notice she is talking super slow
#5 написал: Peter Vallo (1 августа 2013 13:11)
school starts? at 6am for me!
#6 написал: Hailey Land (1 августа 2013 13:11)
i only? get 3 hours of sleep n im 11 in my first class i make c d's
#7 написал: torpedogamers2 (1 августа 2013 13:11)
I'm twelve I? get like 6 hours of sleep, and I'm getting not that good grades in my early classes.
#8 написал: Gamzee Makara (1 августа 2013 13:11)
I am 15, go to sleep at about 5, and wake up at about 7... Or just not sleep.. We don't always say? when we go to bed))
#9 написал: ramyar mukerji (1 августа 2013 13:11)
normally i get 5 to 4 hours sleep and? i never get sleepy
#10 написал: Missy Cedarbridge (1 августа 2013 13:11)
the problem is not at home it is at? school the class is boring!!!!!!!!
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