Tag: school

Why School Is Becoming Irrelevant

Our current system of publicly-funded K-12 schooling is surprisingly new, and a product of increased technology, which continues to expand our education system today. Where is this going in the future?

What happens when we all have access to any information we could ever need on our phones at all times? What happens when we merge with this technology? What happens when artificial intelligence can hack the brain with customized curricula designed to optimize the learning of each student?

Our schools look nothing like the schools our grandparents went to. What kind of schools await our grandchildren? Let’s take a look.

US Schools Start WAY Too Early

From lower test scores to depression and even traffic deaths, the evidence is piling up that early school start times are bad for teenagers. So why do schools in the US start so early?

Teens have different physiological needs when it comes to sleep, due to their changing bodies and the energy needs that go along with it. Because of this, multiple health agencies including the Centers for Disease Control, The National Sleep Foundation, The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Medical Association have pushed for later start times – 8:30am or later.

But for various reasons (usually money) only 1 in 5 schools actually start at the recommended time.