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EDUCATION: Be kind and start school later

Letter by Anne H. Taggart, Spanaway on April 10, 2013 at 10:39 am with No Comments »
April 10, 2013 1:07 pm

Re: “High school students would benefit from later start times” (Your Voice, 4-10).

I have often felt sorry for students standing at bus stops at 0 dark 30, shivering while they try to shrug off a too-early lethargy that even a double espresso couldn’t dispel. I remember my own school days when classes started at 9 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m. (some classes did start at 8 a.m., but they were electives).

My parents’ generation had it figured out. They were kind to us. They didn’t need “research-based best practices,” just the evidence of their own eyes, and their kind hearts.

So now that we have all that nifty evidence, scientific data to show improved student performance, when are we going to go back to humane start times for today’s kids? How long do you suppose it will take our educators and school boards to get it done?

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