Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Kojo Show: Should High Schools Start Later?

WEDNESDAY, JAN 9, 2013 AT 12:06 P.M

Should High Schools Start Later?

Many high school students rise well before dawn to catch the bus for 7:25 a.m. first period classes. According to some parents, this means perpetually sleep-deprived students who aren't performing as well as they could. Whether high schools should start later is an ongoing debate, currently flaring in three local districts. Kojo and guests weigh sleep research and petitions from parents against bus schedules, after-school sports and the challenge of changing the status quo.


Patricia O'Neill
Member, Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education
Phyllis Payne
Co-founder, SLEEP in Fairfax (Start Later for Excellence in Education Proposal)
Judith Owens
Director of Sleep Medicine, Children's National Medical Center

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