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Schools struggle to set best times to start, end day | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 32 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Feb 28, 2011, titled Schools struggle to set best times to start, end day | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Several central Ohio educators are tinkering with the school day to address a number of issues: budget cuts, academic performance and students' need for rest.

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NW Leo

Toledo, OH

#1 Feb 28, 2011
The neuroscience is pretty compelling: all kids could use more sleep, especially teenagers. These are fairly minor modifications being enacted by the various schools cited, but families need to do their part to try to get the kids into bed at a reasonable hour (although there's some science that indicates teens are fighting a losing battle if they hit the hay early). It's probably going to take a much broader societal change to actually tailor school hours to a more humane schedule. I'm sure the Ohio General Assembly is going to take care of that right after they comply with the DeRolph (sp?) decision.
Linda

Galloway, OH

#2 Feb 28, 2011
Suggestion: Close all the schools, sell the buildings, in fact, sell all the assets. Go to home schooling for All. Keep teachers.
Ruth

Columbus, OH

#3 Feb 28, 2011
"It's ridiculous having kids getting up at 5:30 a.m. each morning. I don't know many jobs that start before 8a.m."

Airhead comment of the year. Many traditional vocations also don't END the day at the times that schools typically dismiss.
less

Mount Gilead, OH

#4 Feb 28, 2011
Lots of parents use the schools as a baby sitting service so the school needs to open before their job starts . Also the after school programs keep some kids after school so the parents can work later .
Makes sense

Elyria, OH

#5 Feb 28, 2011
I have been advocating for this for years. My children are in elementary and they are ready to go early in the morning, I teach middle school and high school and teenagers are not ready at this time. I think this would also give parents more of an opportunity to attend a child's sporting or extracurricular event.
Marine Mom

Hilliard, OH

#6 Feb 28, 2011
If the kids don't get to bed on time, whose fault id it?
The schools are just using this to justify thier own shortcomings.
It is time for everyone to own up to their own failures. Get back to being parents and educators, and stop enabling these kids to be useless pieces of flesh.
SuLee

Hopkinsville, KY

#7 Feb 28, 2011
The first school bus arrives in my community in Columbus (near Trabue & Wilson Rds.) at 6:05 AM, but some kids don't catch their bus until after 8 AM.

Six o'clock in the morning is WAY TOO EARLY for kids to be catching a school bus !!!
Struggles

Columbus, OH

#8 Feb 28, 2011
Schools struggle to set best times to start, end day
If the schools haven't figured this out by now then it is no wonder the bad condition they're in.
PITIFULLY SAD!!!!

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#9 Feb 28, 2011
Struggles wrote:
Schools struggle to set best times to start, end day
If the schools haven't figured this out by now then it is no wonder the bad condition they're in.
PITIFULLY SAD!!!!
Actually the schools struggles are not of their own doing. The average of student has evolved over the past 50 years. There was a time when getting up early was common because of household chores. There was no feeling of entitlement and people did things because they had to. Now parents enable their children, there are little (if any) household chores, and there is no "have to" feeling. Many students do not see education as a privilege, but as a right, or even worse, a duty.

Add to that all kinds of experts have studies every other year saying what is the most productive time of day for what age group, and it makes for a whole mess of things to take into consideration for school districts.
Net Guru

Columbia, SC

#10 Feb 28, 2011
They should go to school from 7 am until 6 pm because, let's face it, kids these days are really stupid.
Just Listening

United States

#11 Feb 28, 2011
Makes sense wrote:
I have been advocating for this for years. My children are in elementary and they are ready to go early in the morning, I teach middle school and high school and teenagers are not ready at this time. I think this would also give parents more of an opportunity to attend a child's sporting or extracurricular event.
A lot of teenagers join the military and they don't have a problem getting up in the morning.
Zach

Grove City, OH

#12 Feb 28, 2011
I hated getting up at 6am to go school; it gave be a bad attitude and start to the day. Now I am self-employed and get up whenever I wish.
Just Listening

United States

#13 Feb 28, 2011
Zach wrote:
I hated getting up at 6am to go school; it gave be a bad attitude and start to the day. Now I am self-employed and get up whenever I wish.
Sounds like a good job. I hope you have a good 401K and pay into social security. Sounds like you might need both of them down the road. Afterall, it is Monday and you are on the internet at 9AM.
Black lion

Nashport, OH

#15 Feb 28, 2011
You can bet that highly educated, highly paid, goverment union teachers and administrators will spend years studying this before publishing a research paper on the findings that kids like to sleep when given the opportunity.

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#16 Feb 28, 2011
Black lion wrote:
You can bet that highly educated, highly paid, goverment union teachers and administrators will spend years studying this before publishing a research paper on the findings that kids like to sleep when given the opportunity.
That's it! Blame the teachers!

It might be the union representatives. But probably not the teachers.
Reader

Columbus, OH

#17 Feb 28, 2011
less wrote:
Lots of parents use the schools as a baby sitting service so the school needs to open before their job starts . Also the after school programs keep some kids after school so the parents can work later .
The fact that parents have to juggle getting themselves to work with getting children to school at a particular time doesn't quite equate to parents using the schools as a baby-sitting service. Most parents have to be pretty creative to make the whole thing work out, balancing before and after work child care, transporation and workplace requirements.
Reader

Columbus, OH

#18 Feb 28, 2011
Chowder wrote:
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Actually the schools struggles are not of their own doing. The average of student has evolved over the past 50 years. There was a time when getting up early was common because of household chores. There was no feeling of entitlement and people did things because they had to. Now parents enable their children, there are little (if any) household chores, and there is no "have to" feeling. Many students do not see education as a privilege, but as a right, or even worse, a duty.
Add to that all kinds of experts have studies every other year saying what is the most productive time of day for what age group, and it makes for a whole mess of things to take into consideration for school districts.
Education is a right.
Teacher

Newbury, OH

#19 Feb 28, 2011
Net Guru wrote:
They should go to school from 7 am until 6 pm because, let's face it, kids these days are really stupid.
Boy,you got that right!!!!

Since: Jan 10

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#20 Feb 28, 2011
Reader wrote:
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Education is a right.
Education is a right, but the way that people think of it is that they are enititled to the same education regardless of financial situation or place of domicile.

Maybe I just used the wrong word. Entitled would have been proper.

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#21 Feb 28, 2011
Reader wrote:
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The fact that parents have to juggle getting themselves to work with getting children to school at a particular time doesn't quite equate to parents using the schools as a baby-sitting service. Most parents have to be pretty creative to make the whole thing work out, balancing before and after work child care, transporation and workplace requirements.
You are right in saying that the juggling act is not part of that equation. But how many parents do you know that will say that they are glad when summer is over because then they do not have to pay the baby-sitter as much? Those same parents are angry on snow days because that means they have to find child care, and that is a bigger burden than wondering if their children are safe while riding the bus.

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