We had a School delay today, due to the 3 inches of snow we got overnight. I still didn’t wake up in time to eat breakfast, despite the extra two hours I had to do so. I’m writing this on the bus right now to (imagine a history channel narrator’s voice) observe an unusual and breathtaking phenomenon. At 10 O'Clock in the morning, everyone on the bus is being sociable.
Usually the discussion is limited to “Hey, can I sit here?”`and then “F*** you, go away”. Now that I think about it, this is probably just my personal experience. Everyone is talking to each other (except for me, I’m being antisocial and typing) instead of sleeping or having their heads buried in their phones. The two hour delay has accomplished something that no amount of suspension can: It made middle schoolers be nice to each other
Today was honestly pretty great. The classes were all 15 minutes shorter, the students were nicer, and I was actually alert in math class because I got 2 extra hours of sleep. It was fun, and we got work done. It was actually a more productive day, in my opinion. There’s a class that took up 30 minutes of the day. I enjoy the class, but it’s useless. I don’t know why we don’t just start school an hour and a half earlier and end half an hour later. If the school cut out one non-essential class, they could make up all of their time and still allow the students to sleep in. Two hours can make a big difference if you get to sleep late. And for those who get in ten hours of sleep, there’s some time in the beginning of the day to spend with family and get ready for school. It would make the day seem less dominated by school.
If the school day started later, it would make it fairer for those who live far away from the school. For those with longer bus rides, they could wake up later and feel refreshed and ready to start the school day. For me personally, it’s a challenge to be dragged out of bed at the butt crack of dawn so that I can go to school. I zone out for all of first period because I can barely keep myself awake. The school is more or less losing an entire period of productive time by starting earlier. And it’s not just me who feels this way. I quote Noah Crawford on getting up in the morning,
“Shoot me in the f***ing head.”
It’s not just the “educational” aspect of school that suffers. Lack of sleep is devastating from a social standpoint as well. The majority of socialization happens on the bus. However, everyone is so tired in the morning that they all just sleep. The end of the day is a little bit better, but not much. Most of the kids are still tired at the end of the day. I never knew that there was an alternative until today. Everyone on the bus was chatty and kind, and nobody was sleeping or buried in their phones. Everyone was energetic and motivated. It was a completely different experience than usual. I actually enjoyed my school day today. I think that if schools would take action and shorten school length every day, they would have more productive and enjoyable school days that students would actually look forward to.