School Hours

Too many school hours make it difficult to work and start our adult lives.

Deonna Jackson, Reporter

School days start from 9:05 and end at 4:05 for high school students, that’s 7 hours we are at school. Being at school for 7 hours, 5 days a week is a lot, and some of the classes that we are required to take aren’t even going to help us in our future. If the work we plan to do isn’t about that subject, then we wasted time learning about something we don’t need when we could have been learning about something that could benefit our future.

School hours should be shortened for high school students and here’s why, we are young adults and 55.3% of 16-year-olds start to work at this age. It’s stressful to work and go to school for so long. Think about this, we could be either working more hours at night or a morning shift; according to Johns Hopkins, teens need 9 to 9 ½ hours of sleep per night, so that wouldn’t work because of school being so early in the morning.

Some would even say our school hours are longer than 7 hours because of homework, less than 1% of students said that homework was not a stressor. The National Center for education statistics found that high school students get an average of 6.8 hours of homework a week, we’re at school for 7 hours already so sending us home with homework takes up even more of our time, that isn’t fair to us, we are in each class for about an hour and a half. Teachers have that time to give us the work they want done, if they cannot fit it into that time then they need to figure something else out, our school days basically get longer if we have homework.