In many places, students must arrive very early in the morning to attend school. Some people believe that starting the school day early is the best approach to support learning, but others believe that starting the school day at a later time in the morning would be better for students. Which view do you agree with and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
In many places, students must arrive very early in the morning to attend school. Some people believe that starting the school day early is the best approach to support learning, but others believe that starting the school day at a later time in the morning would be better for students. Which view do you agree with and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. Time management is one of the first concerns of those who initially planned a comprehensive curriculum for public education more than one hundred years ago. Since then, myriad pedagogical theories and methods have been proposed, utilized, and fallen out of favor, but many of them shared one common feature with the mainstream primary curriculum at the end of the nineteenth century: time planning. Even more common than timing in general is the time that schools start daily. While it is still quite acceptable and normal for schools to begin very early in the morning, there is some dissent against it. Personally, unlike the general belief, I believe that starting the school day at a later time in the morning would be better for students. In the following paragraphs, I will elaborate on the reasons why I believe so. First and foremost, when school starts very early, children wake up only to get ready in a hurry and rush to get to school on time, and this prevents them from many beneficial morning activities with their families. I know for a fact that most, if not all, of the children cannot have proper breakfast with all their family members. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it is vital for families to make having a complete and wholesome breakfast a joyful routine for their children. In the hurry to leave very early to get to school on time, many children are forced to skip having breakfast to ensure they will not be late. To compensate for the breakfast, parents would give them a small cake or, at best, a small cold sandwich so that their children do not starve until their first break. As a result, children deem breakfast as unnecessary and even lose appetite in the morning since from a very young age, it was not a real meal for them and reminds them of the tired and cold early mornings when they were forced to wake up and get to school in a hurry. Another activity that children are deprived of is working out with their siblings and parents, very simple exercises to warm them up and boost their energy. These activities and many others play an important role in the health and well-being of children. Furthermore, they can strengthen the bond between the family members. When school starts so early, the time to spend on such activities is reduced, and on many occasions, no time is left for them at all. In addition, being in a hurry to get ready and go to school also puts families under tension, and many would end up arguing or even fighting to wake their children up and prepare them for school. This nerve-wracking start will ruin their whole day without a doubt. The stress associated with mornings can have negative impacts on the children's mental health. I, for instance, used to be so anxious every morning in high school that I felt sick for several hours after waking up in a hurry and anxiously getting ready to get to school on time. Its negative impacts are still with me, and whenever I have to wake up unusually early, say five in the morning, I feel sick and stressed. In conclusion, I believe that it is better to start school at a later time in the morning, mainly because families will find time to spend on beneficial activities such as having breakfast or exercising together. Besides, the stress of being in a hurry to get ready and go to school puts the child and the family under so much mental pressure, and it can have long-term consequences on children's mental health.
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