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Our take: Don’t be too fast to dismiss the snooze button
The initial newsroom reaction to news local high school students were going to get to sleep in this year was about what you’d expect from a group of cynical scribes.
“Lazy, coddled, #$%! teenagers! That’s all they need — another notch on their belts of entitlement.”
But once we got that out of our systems and actually took a look at the facts, the reaction morphed into a grudging “good call.”
There are a lot of things that are done a certain way, just because they have always been done that way.
And just because we had to walk eight miles through blinding snowstorms uphill both ways to get to school (did we mention the wolves nipping at our heels?) does not mean our kids need to.
We’re all for the life lessons of hard work and persistence being taught at the School of Hard Knocks. But what we like even more is good old basic learning.
And the learned have determined that the teenage brain is not wired to do much learning first thing in the morning. So why not let them get started a little later, when there is a better chance they will retain what they are taught?
It’s not like the principle of efficiency isn’t what’s followed in the real world.
Janitors work afternoon shift because that’s when the buildings are empty. Fallers are up before dawn to take advantage of daylight. Programmers sleep in because they are often working well into the night. Heck, even crusty old reporters tend to often set their own hours, simply because the news never stops.
Do what works is the mantra in a healthy workplace.
It should be the same in our schools.