Why children should come to class later and have a split day

Why children should come to class later and have a split day

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What time do your children enter school? Children generally start classes between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and, in high schools, even earlier. At 8 in the morning the children are already sitting in the classrooms with their notebooks ready to take notes.

But, is it the most suitable time for school hours to begin? A recent Harvard University study explains why children should come to class later.

A study carried out by Harvard University and the Open University affirms that the most advisable time for students to enter class is 10 in the morning. Neither 8, nor 9, 10 in the morning.

According to researchers who published their results in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, lAs 10 is the most recommended time for children to obtain benefits not only academically, but also health.

The study collected data in which 2,049 students were analyzed and separated them into two groups. One entered at 10 in the morning and another did at the traditional 8. Can you imagine what the study resulted in? Those children who entered classrooms at 10 in the morning had fewer illnesses and higher academic performance than the early risers. This study has put in a breach the well-known saying "who gets up early, God helps".

Beyond the entrance hours, we should also look at a child's school hours, how many hours do your children spend in school? My children, counting the extended hours to be able to get to work and after-school hours, to be able to pick them up, add up to between 8 and 9 hours, depending on the day. Yes, it is a long time.

In fact, according to statistics, Spanish Primary students spend the most hours a day in schools throughout Europe. In Spain, children have a school day of about five hours a day, but the split day and breaks for recess and eating and the work needs of parents, make children spend a long day at school.

The debate about how many hours children should spend in school has been around for a long time and joins the debate between the continuous day and departure. Something that is usually voted on in many schools on an annual basis at the request of a sector of parents and teachers. The continuous day means that instead of finishing classes at 2:00 p.m., the children do so at 4:00 p.m.

On the benefits and disadvantages of both systems there are conflicting opinions and the debate is often heated. Of course, the teaching team is usually very clear about it and is committed to the continuous day. Some even point out that this defense of teachers is a moral abuse that uses scientific reasons that do not exist to influence families.

Be that as it may, when participating in any of these debates, I have come across the feeling that the defenders of both days tend to use the same arguments to defend his theory: "it favors student learning."

Although there are pedagogical, psychological and academic arguments in favor of both, the school results of students with split and continuous hours indicate that the continuous one is more favorable. For example, only in Madrid, in the last 7 years, schools with continuous hours have obtained worse results in evaluation tests.

And, despite the fact that children tend to be fresher in the morning, doing the entire school day at once is exhausting for them and, the lunch break and return to classes allows them to "reset" the brain and perform better after the break. What's more, the younger the child, the more activity change and breakdown it takes to regain attention.

And you, are you in favor of the continuous or parting day?

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