More sleep leads to better education
The new school year once again revives the controversy over school start times [“Pediatricians’ Rx for school: Later start lets kids sleep,” News, Aug. 25].
Recent articles in The Wall Street Journal and Seattle Times refer to data showing start times earlier than 8:30 a.m. have numerous negative effects on students, including poor health, bad grades and higher rates of car accidents.
In prior comments, the Lake Washington School District has defended its policy on the basis of cost, bus schedules and after-school activities. Notably absent is any mention of student welfare and academic performance. A science-based school schedule for the district is long overdue.
George Sutherland, Sammamish