Later start suggestion certainly alarms me

Kate Livingstone
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Now I like a long lie as much as anyone, but I couldn’t believe the proposal teenagers start school an hour later than younger pupils.

Apparently, someone, somewhere, has come up with research that shows the body clock of a 16-year-old is completely differentl from a six-year-old or a 36-year-old.

Now a councillor in Glasgow is urging education chiefs to allow the little darlings to start school at 10 a.m., claiming there were learning benefits.

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Em, excuse me, would their reluctance to get up in the morning not have something to do with sitting up half the night playing computer games or watching TV?

Apparently some UK schools have already experimented with it and found the pupils achieve higher grades. Sorry, but I’m not convinced.

It’s a rite of passage that teenagers have to be dragged out of bed to go to school - yes, you can tell I’m speaking from experience with my two. My daughter was slightly better at getting up ... but only so she could then take ownership of the bathroom to do hair and make-up. I could never quite understand that on the days when she had PE first thing.

But my son, oh dear, he was the world’s worst. Started off with his alarm going off. Then me shouting the time. Then me shouting the time again. Then me getting very irate because I had to go back up the stairs, stand outside the door and yell if he didn’t get up that minute, there was going to be trouble.

I sometimes wonder how he managed to get washed, dressed and out the door in time. Come to think of it, not sure if the washing part was always completed!

Oh but then things all changed. He discovered girls! There was no way he was going into school without a shower or spending time sorting his hair. But thankfully he now seems to have this getting out of bed routine sorted.

Hopefully, the powers that be will dismiss this idea for a later start as a bad idea. After all, how will the kids manage when they finally get a job?