One of the entertaining aspects of working with teenagers is the innumerable statements rich with hyperbole that we get to hear daily. However, there
are some statements that, even after the exaggeration is accounted for, can be truly troubling. Through the forthrightness that can only come from Relationship Driven Education, we’ve had quite a few students admit to staying up well past midnight (most recently 3 am by one boast) either lost within a labyrinth of webpage after webpage or messaging away on their phones or computers. Ignoring the impact that sleep deprivation has on a student’s ability to learn, sacrificing these vitals hours of rest to sating a perceived need to maintain connectivity causes a dramatic deprivation to their health. We encourage you to talk with your student about the internet and messaging habits, particularly after they have “gone to bed” for the night. As always, we want to make sure that the students of the Grauer School live a balanced, healthy life, one that includes much needed rest!