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Education Lab Blog

Education Lab is a project to spark meaningful conversations about education solutions in the Pacific Northwest.

November 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

UW doctors: Seattle’s high schools should start later

Donna Grethen / Op Art

Donna Grethen / Op Art

Teenagers aren’t lazy, they just need more sleep.

That’s part of the argument made by Joanna E. Wrede and Vishesh K. Kapur on Friday’s opinion page. In a guest editorial, the two University of Washington doctors assert that teenagers aren’t biologically programmed to be early risers.

Public high schools in Seattle currently start as early as 7:50 a.m., but the district plans to survey parents about start times for the 2014-2015 school year. Meanwhile, the group Start School Later Seattle is pushing for a first bell at 9 or 9:30 a.m.

What do you think? Do local high schools start too early? What’s the best time for class to begin?

Comments | More in Opinion, Poll | Topics: health, high school, Seattle Public Schools

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