Originally posted by Jessica Nunez.
Anyone with teenagers knows how hard it is to get them out of bed in time for a 7 a.m. start time. But do you think schools should start later to allow them to get more sleep?
State Superintendent Mike Flanagan thinks so.
He agrees with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who has been touting this idea in recent months, most recently yesterday on National Public Radio's "The Diane Rehm Show."
"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," he said in the interview.
According to a release today from the Michigan Department of Education, Flanagan has been encouraging local school districts to adjust their teaching and learning schedules to accommodate the individual learning needs of the students for the past for years.
The release said he has shared this philosophy on a number of occasions with Secretary Duncan.
“I am encouraged that Secretary Duncan is advocating the change from what has been considered a traditional learning day for students,” Flanagan said. “The Secretary understands this and I am hopeful that schools in Michigan will begin to understand the value, and adopt more flexible instructional schedules for their students. It makes sense.”
Do you think high schools in Michigan should start later?