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Monday, September 04, 2006

Want to Improve Education? Let Kids Sleep

"As a father of two teenage boys, I can attest to the fact that the single greatest teen crisis in America is not drugs, alcohol, smoking or early sexual activity, but sleep deprivation. Tuesday marks the start of the school year in our district in Fairfax, Va., and for the better part of the next nine months my kids will shuffle through the day resembling the zombies from "Night of the Living Dead." The reason that so many kids today appear to be slouching toward Gomorrah is simply that they lack sleep."

Moving back the starting bell would certainly help to a certain degree. Another way to give kids more sleep would be to stop giving out busywork. Ahem, you know who you are! Also the subjects that are taught and how they are taught need a major revisiting. Moving back the starting bell would be a good starting point.

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