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    Default NOVA - School of the Future

    Has anyone watched this? Yay, nay?
    I only caught a little bit near the end, and it looks *interesting*, but Im not sure if it will make my head explode or not. (One segment talked about teenage suicide and early start times and the studies proving early is bad for teens... then went on how school districts dont want to change start times, so they are experimenting with exposing teens to different colored lights to try adjusting their inner clock.... how ass-backwards is that!!!)
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    I saw it. It's NOVA so it is good. Tries to frame the topic in that we have no idea where the future is going except that it will be pretty tech-heavy, is our model of schooling adequate to meet this challenge? It looked at all levels of school but the most relevant ones were the high school ones in my book; they looked at some examples that were with poor POC kids (people of color yo) and yeah project-based learning figured highly. 2 hour show this time.
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    "lets screw with ppl's body clocks rather than adjust our start time a little later!" Because that makes sense how? Kids either go to school on their own, or they get home on their own. Parents that work (which is the excuse I've heard most often for why they won't move it), are either going to be gone with Timmy goes to school, or when Timmy gets home. Of course, the main reason I've heard for an early start time in high school, is so that the sports still have daylight for practice.

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    Well if sports is the reason then things aren't going to change any time soon. Sports makes too much money, and people get too fiercely protective. They should push the start time back and have the sports teams come in early though.
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    The whole inner clock thing is one of my top reasons for homeschooling. DS10 is a slow-riser, and on days he goes to charter school, he needs to be up by 8 for us to leave by 8:30.... and that hasnt been happening. I told him he needs to go to sleep earlier, or we will stop doing the first class there.

    Im going to watch the show... and I do normally like NOVA... but they had that one "The 9 months that made you" which horrified me with the bits I heard. So theyre off my absolute love list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riceball_Mommy View Post
    Well if sports is the reason then things aren't going to change any time soon. Sports makes too much money, and people get too fiercely protective. They should push the start time back and have the sports teams come in early though.
    Oh yah, let the sports practice when its early and cool, not hot out yet! Sounds like a win/win!
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    I watched it and agree with FWP on her description. I wouldn't say it's on their "the best of Nova" list, though.

    As a parent that is involved in their child's education and has read up on many of these topics (by which I mean you), I doubt you'll have any "oh wow" moments.
    Homeschooling two sons (14 and 16) from day one. Atheist.
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    AM, I'm all for letting sports teams practice early! I live in Georgia! By 3-4pm in August and September it can be well into the 90's. Too hot to be practicing! But, "we can't inconvenience the sports kids! they'd be too tired after practice to learn properly!" so lets inconvenience the entire school instead. Of course, I'm all for disconnecting sports from schools entirely. No reason they should be attached to a school rather than community based than simply money.

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    I haven't seen the show, but because of SpEd bussing the start times of each level of school must be different for our city, so they can be staggered. Several years back they were going to switch start times between high school and middle school, which makes sense. The middle school students don't need the level of sleep that teens do. But there was an outcry from parents and students. They kept the high school start time at. 7:45. My son knew people who had to get up around 5am so they could catch the city buses (several) so they could get to school on time.

    It's nuts. My high school age son slept in until 10:30 today.

    Around here it is both sports and student jobs that make the early start time a thing.

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