There is an interesting article in the Opinion section of the New York Times website – â€œThe Early Bird Gets The Bad Gradeâ€, on how many high school students are not awake enough to get much out their first class, particularly if it starts before 8 a.m. Sure, many teenagers stay up too late the night before, but not because they want to.
Research shows that teenagersâ€™ body clocks are set to a schedule that is different from that of younger children or adults. This prevents adolescents from dropping off until around 11 p.m., when they produce the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, and waking up much before 8 a.m. when their bodies stop producing melatonin. The result is that the first class of the morning is often a waste, with as many as 28 percent of students falling asleep, according to a National Sleep Foundation poll. Some are so sleepy they donâ€™t even show up, contributing to failure and dropout rates.
If youâ€™re one of the many Dominican parents who are having trouble waking you teenager each morning, well youâ€™re not alone.
The Ministry of Education should conduct some research on whether or not teenagersâ€™ are not fully awake in the morning to grasp anything from their first class? And if so â€“ should the educational authorities here in Dominica have schools begin at later time and of course end later in the afternoon. Share your opinions in the comments.
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