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Starting at 9 a.m.?

Starting at 9 a.m.?


I read the recent article regarding the class starting time change from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Justin-Siena High School ("Under new school schedule, Justin-Siena students can sleep in," Aug. 15) and recalled that such a change was "floated" by one of our politicians recently - Dianne Feinstein as I recall.

Not unreasonable it would seem, and most likely great in the eyes of the student body and staff -- the Hawthorne Effect never grows old -- and for a while all will be great: fewer tardies, more wide awake for all, etc.,etc.

But the forecast may not be so bright. The benefactors will get up later but in a short while will start to go to bed later, and the later bed time will result in sleeping later, and the 9 a.m. starting time will be too early! So should we then go to 10 a.m.?

But 10 a.m. is not the answer, as 9 a.m. is not, for the cycle would continue due to the fact that "non-24" is with us all, not just the visually impaired.

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. Just face the cruel realities of the real world -- you cannot skirt them in the long run.

Charles Laughlin


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