What time do you start?
Over at my pre-college English class' blog In Need of Coffee, a few students reacted to an article from the Boston Globe's education section. The article deals with the issue of high school start times. In Need of Coffe, as you might be able to tell is a title based on the regular use of caffeine by students and myself. And, as is demonstrated by the url, seventhirtyblues.blogspot.com, you can guess what time we start at.
I support a later start for high school students. I know that there is a strong possibility that the alertness of my students in that first period class may not change. Certainly students may simply stay up later in response to a later start time. However, I think that even an hour later start might reduce the number of absences for first period, as well as alleviate the contagious yawning and drooping heads.
So, what time do you start school? If you start before 8:00, would you prefer a start time after 8:00?