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Letter: Rethinking school hours is a long overdue assignment

Tada! Finally! Common sense prevails! Sorry for all the exclamation points, but I’m really thrilled to read in the Feb. 12 paper that they are (at least) thinking of changing school hours to a later one.

I’ve had insomnia and got up in what seems to be the middle of the night, only to find children waiting, in the dark, for a school bus. I mean... what time did they have to get up to get dressed, have breakfast, and be out there at that God-forsaken hour?

I attended school in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. All school hours were from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. That gave us plenty of time to get a good night’s sleep, attend school for six hours, and still have time for recreation, dinner with our family, and do homework.

We attended school where no one worried about our psyche. There were rules to follow, and follow them we did or we were punished. We were to take school seriously enough that we had to study or fail.

Classrooms were filled with 32 to 36 students, and there were no assistants. And guess what … studies have proven that we were ready for college when we graduated from high school. Sadly, many of today’s students are not.

It’s too bad that educators didn’t abide by that old saying: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Marge McMillen

East Amherst

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