President Obama has confirmed that he’s personally not “a morning person,” and now Secretary of Education Arne Duncan believes the Nation’s children shouldn’t be either. Follow the dear leader in all things, I’m afraid.
It first began on August 19th when Duncan wrote, “Common sense to improve student achievement that too few have implemented: let teens sleep more, start school later.” Duncan has carried his argument over to NPR where he said, “There’s lots of research and common sense that a lot of teens struggle to get up at 6 in the morning to get on the bus or 5:30 in the morning to get on the bus.”
- Arne Duncan:
“Study after study has shown mornings are very difficult [for teenagers]… They’re not very awake — they’re groggy, they’re not able to pay attention in class.
So often in education, we design school systems that work for adults and not for kids… current high school hours are another example of that.”
The vast majority of districts are just sort of conforming to the status quo, rather than being creative and innovative.
I would love to see more districts contemplating a later start time.”
Duncan admits that Washington will not (at least for now) mandate a later start time. Duncan strongly encourages every American school district to challenge the existing state of affairs and consider a later start time, but the nation’s leaders will not force it upon you.
Between this, common core standards and Michelle Obama’s lunch menu overhaul, parents have a lot to think about as the 2013-2014 school year begins.