MARCO POLO Blogging #1: Does School/Work Start Too Early?
Marco Polo week:
I’ve really slacked off on blogging lately, mainly because I’ve been writing and letting my busy life take precedence. Crazy, right?
So, I think I’ll take up Marco-Polo Blogging this week. (No, that’s not a real thing; I just invented it. I’m cool like that.) My plan is to post an interesting, controversial, humorous, or otherwise entertaining conversation topic and photo up here, and then see what kind of comments on it show up in my feed. The comments are my favorite part of blogging anyway. I really enjoy reading what you guys have to say. I’ll say “Marco;” you say “Polo.”
Here’s my MARCO for today:
What do you guys think about the typical 8:00 a.m. start time for school and work? What do you really think? I mean, it was based on our agricultural and later industrial roots, (both of which are antiquated now in the 21st C) when it was vital to get up and at ‘em early in the day – to milk the cows, plow the fields, get on the assembly line etc., and get it all done by sun-down. Why do we keep to this agricultural-, and factory-model of work and education times, when so many studies have shown that starting just a little later on in the morning (therefore going a bit later in the afternoon) is actually much better suited to our own innate clocks? Here’s a brief commentary on it: The Health Benefits of Later School Hours.
Yes, I’m inspired by my own sleepiness this Monday morning, as well as the overall sleepiness and frustration of my school-aged daughters. (And yes, I get them to bed at a decent hour.) I just know that on those days in the winter time when school is delayed an hour or two, the girls are wide awake, refreshed and ready to learn.
Please enter your “POLO” in the comment area.
Posted on September 17, 2012, in My Life, Family & Friends, Writing and tagged agriculture, assembly lines, circadian clocks, education reform, factories, health, industry, instruction, internal clocks, school, school hours, sleepiness, work, work hours. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.