But that's just me.
I don't understand this push to start schools later. I'm told that studies show that a later start time is better for teenagers, but I have questions that remain unanswered:
1) Kids on farms get up early.
2) Kids throughout history have gotten up early.
3) Do kids in other countries have this "late start time" issue, or is this strictly a US phenomenon?
4) Has the problem gotten significantly worse in the age of handheld electronics? In other words, is this partly a self-inflicted problem?
Is the problem such a major issue that it requires the intervention of the state legislature?
California lawmakers have rejected a bill to delay school start times, but the measure will likely resurface in January.Here's an argument for local control:
The California School Boards Association, the leading opponent of the bill, argues that local school boards should be in control of start times and that a one-size-fits-all approach will not work for all 3,000 secondary schools in the state. The association says the bill will increase the need for supervision before school, create hardships for working families and wreak havoc on schools that purposely stagger start times to meet student demand for bus transportation. Rural districts could apply for a waiver to postpone implementation.Sacramento knows best.