TIME MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE


Have you ever looked around your class and seen someone sleeping? If you have, you're not the only one. School starts so early, that kids donít have optimal performance during the day. Also, school lasts so long, that kids get restless by the end of the day. As students of Elmbrook Middle School, we donít have any time to complete our homework either. In my opinion, school should start at 10:00AM and end at 2:00PM.
I think the biggest problem that our school faces today, is keeping the students alert. I think that is where my suggestion would help the school most. Students would not be tired, so, they would pay better attention. For example, students are so tired, that if they have a test in the early hours of the day, they will do bad because they canít think straight. Also, kids get headaches, get tired, and get bored. I could keep on going, but I think you get the picture. There are so many different reasons. I think everyone would agree with my suggestion. I think the biggest problem the students face is that school lasts to long. Now, Iíll tell you a little more about that subject.
Notice how more kids get in trouble at the end of the day than at the beginning? The reason is so simple to understand! Kids get restless when they are bored for a long time. Thatís another area where my idea would help. It would shorten the day from 7 hours to 4 hours. A 3 hour difference! Kids also daydream when they are bored. They could miss important information that the teacher is explaining because they are thinking about other things. With my idea in effect, the kids wonít even know the day is over because it goes so fast. With school starting at 7:20, some kids have to get on the bus at 6:30. Everybody is always starving. I know this sounds kind of silly, but some kids go home because their stomachs hurt. The real reason is because they didnít have a good breakfast. All they are suffering from is a mild case of hungriness. If school started at 10:00, everyone would have time for a good, hearty breakfast. And remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here is some more evidence to support my idea.
Because some of our bus rides are over a half an hour long, we run out of time for homework. By the time we get home, we have to rush out the door to go to extra curricular activities, such as sporting events, music lessons, or religion classes. When we get home from those activities, we have to eat dinner. Now, we only have 1 to 1.5 hours to do our homework. We would have more time, but we have to go to bed so early because school starts so early. With my idea, we would be able to do homework for a half an hour longer at night and 1 to 2 hours longer in the morning. That would probably result in more good grades, because we wonít have to rush through our homework like we usually have to. I think that would benefit a lot of people.
To implement this program into our school, we would need a lot of hard work from the students, teachers, and administrative figures. All of the electives would be eliminated from the normal school day, and become an after school activity that would be optional for students to attend. The objective of this plan would be to see how well students could learn in a more concentrated time period. The teachers know what has to be taught and how much the students should comprehend. We should put this program in for a semester, and let the teachers evaluate the students progress. If the plan is not working like it should, we would go back to our normal style of learning. I think this program would work if we gave it a try. Donít you?