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Later school start times will help students get needed sleep. But they aren’t enough

by David De La Torre

In Later school start times will help students get needed sleep. But they aren’t enough for the Los Angeles Times, Vicki Abeles argues that students need more sleep and less homework.

[T]he student workweek remains unregulated, and schools have an unfettered ability to increase the amount of academic work that students are required to do. Children and teens are in school an average of 25 more days a year today than in the 1950s, and a University of Michigan study found that children between 6 and 17 spend about 7½ hours per week more on academics than they did 20 years ago.

This additional work has not led to a significant improvement in overall academic performance. [more]