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  •  The early thing is often a logistical issue (9+ / 0-)

    unfortunately, as you say, without regard to the needs of the kids.

    Parents want their kids off to school before they have to be at work. Buses are shared among multiple schools and so need to have staggered runs. People want the kids out early for sports or jobs or other activities. Etc.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 11:09:16 AM PST

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    •  Logistical issue .... (5+ / 0-)
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      elfling, kyril, worldlotus, Mgleaf, madhaus

      ... although when my daughter was in school, pre-school to senior in high school... what I came to believe was that most of the school 'rules or issues' did not benefit the student or the parents or the teachers. I questioned a lot of stuff during those years... and I really never got answers that made sense for any of the above (students, parents, teachers). And I found it was the same with the PTSA groups.

      I'm not trying to blame anyone ... but I think the problem is that all of it is piecemeal... a system that was never 'designed', just years of accumulated history, habits, issues, problems and solutions. Each one with ramifications and side-effects that were never expected.

      •  Keep asking the questions, politely (4+ / 0-)
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        Bernie68, kyril, worldlotus, madhaus

        it's good to remind people that just because "we've always done it that way" doesn't have to guide the future.

        I like to ask my questions by saying something like, "You are the expert for our school and I'm not saying it has to change if you've got a reason, but have you thought about why we do X that way and consulted with the staff to see if it's still a good idea?"

        Of course, the downside is that you may find yourself on the school board. <grin>

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 04:40:33 PM PST

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