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This is the VOA Special English Education Report.

Last week, we talked about the conflict between sleepy teenagers and early morning classes. Many people commented on our website and Facebook page.

For example, Damla Ece in Turkey wrote: I agree with the idea of starting lessons later so teenagers can feel better in the morning. But sleeping more than seven hours can be wasting time for students.

Tran in Vietnam disagreed: I think teenagers, on the average, need eight to ten hours of sleep everyday. It's useless trying to force them to concentrate while they can't concentrate.

Enilton Neymakes in Brazil goes to sleep late and wakes up in the afternoon. That's my life, but at least I am studying.

Afshin Heydari from Tehran says schools should start early to avoid heavy traffic later in the morning. And Suze from Jordan wrote: When I was a teenager, I enjoyed taking my courses as early as possible. That way I could find a long time in the day to do my own activities.

But Azra from Kyrgyzstan said: The reason schools start early there, is a lack of classrooms.

Omid in Afghanistan calls teenagers the destiny makers of a society. So they must be more alert and active in order to be more successful.

And Joruji in Japan wrote: When I was a teenager, I used to get up before six to go to school, which was far from home, and I don't remember having problems. I think nowadays the Internet, TV games and cellphones make teens go to sleep later.

Thirty-year-old Kika in Spain says: In my opinion, young people are very lazy.

But Dennis Jin disagrees: For high school students in China, we must reach class at six-twenty in the morning and be back home usually at ten in the evening. Then we'll have some extra schoolwork to do. Can you imagine how long could we sleep every day?

Teenagers are not the only ones who suffer. Kathy in Canada wrote: My daughter likes complaining about everything in the morning, and I know that this is from a lack of sleep. I wish schools should change their start time to eight-thirty or nine a.m.

Vidara Mom, a Cambodian living in New Zealand, says: School starts at nine and finishes at three p.m. Therefore the students have heaps of times to interact and play before they go home.

Wibi Sebastian from Indonesia wishes school started at seven-thirty instead of seven. But one thing, don't forget to eat breakfast!

And Naima Star in Libya wrote: Getting up so early in the morning and leaving the warm bed is so difficult, especially in the cold weather. It reminds me of that old song: "It's nice to get up in the morning, but it's nicer to stay in bed."

And that's the VOA Special English Education Report. I'm Jim Tedder.

sleepy: con sueño, somnoliento; wasting time: perder, desperdiciar el tiempo; disagreed: discrepó, no estuvo de acuerdo; on the average: en promedio; useless: inútil (useful: útil); while: mientras que, cuando; wakes up: se despierta (gets up: se levanta); at least: al menos, por lo menos; to avoid: para evitar; as early as: tan pronto como (fuera); that way: de esa forma; a lack of: falta de, carencia de; I used to get up: solía levantarme; nowadays: hoy en día, en la actualidad; lazy: perezosos; reach: llegar a; how long: cuánto tiempo; the only ones who suffer: los únicos que sufren; likes complaining about: le encanta quejarse de; I wish: ojalá; heaps of times to: muchas oportunidades para; warm bed: cama abrigada; it reminds me of: me recuerda a.

Source: VOA - Voice of America

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