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So what do you think of the plan to make Daylight Savings Time permanent?

Jilly

Moderator
Staff member
. No one talks about a 1/2 hour time shift--why not? Split the difference between DST and Standard time, and then just rename the time so as to match up with International time.
Our most easterly province - Newfoundland is 1/2 hour off Atlantic. So it's 1 1/2 hours from Ontario. It's always been a joke...1/2 hour later in Newfoundland.
 

mustski

Angel Diva
It could, though, be an opportunity for s positive change for schools that could also solve the traffic-in-the-dark issue.
Permanent DST would allow schools to start later in the morning because it would allow sports to go later in the afternoon.
It's fairly accepted science (afaik/understand it) that pushing school start times back an hour or two has very positive health and learning benefits for kids; especially teenagers. But after-school sports schedules are often the reason start times have to remain early--so outdoor games have enough daylight.
Yup. Teachers have been saying this for years at the secondary school levels. We watched our first period classes consistently underperform compared to the rest of our classes. Will they take this opportunity to make an adjustment? Unlikely. Change in education is like a comedy of errors at every level. I’m surprised their aren’t more lightbulb jokes.
 

Christy

Angel Diva
Seattle middle and high schools, and some elementary, were pushed back to 8:55 some years ago. With permanent DST of course they'd go back to starting in the dark.

Apparently 3 years ago there was widespread support for it in WA and the legislature passed a bill in favor of permanent DST. But as of yesterday the idea is hugely unpopular--71% opposed. Politicians were looking for an easy kudos and don't understand what happened.

In today's Seattle Times. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattl...e-the-idea-of-permanent-daylight-saving-time/

Experts in depression and sleep science say it would be healthier to either keep the time change or stay permanently on standard time. Both those options would be more in line with our natural circadian rhythms, which are synced with morning light.

Horacio de la Iglesia, a professor of biology at the University of Washington, whose work on sleep cycles contributed to Seattle Public Schools’ decision to start school later for middle and high school students, said permanent DST would be a nightmare for Seattle and Western Washington.

“We haven’t experienced anything like it here,” he said of the potentially late winter sunrises. “It will take only one winter for people in Seattle to realize what they allowed to happen.”
 

SallyCat

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
Yup. Teachers have been saying this for years at the secondary school levels. We watched our first period classes consistently underperform compared to the rest of our classes. Will they take this opportunity to make an adjustment? Unlikely. Change in education is like a comedy of errors at every level. I’m surprised their aren’t more lightbulb jokes.


Q: How Many Education Consultants Does It Take to Change a Lightbulb?

A: Four


One to declare that the lightbulb is outdated 19th-century technology and that the room should be given the freedom and resources to develop its own creative solutions to the problems of 21st-century visibility.

One to argue for the disruption of the pointless credentialism of the lumen-ranking system so that the room can achieve its authentic level of radiance.

One to call for the disruption of the visible light spectrum and assert that those who cling to the paradigm of electromagnetic radiation are simply afraid of change.

One to assert that illumination and darkness are both valid learning outcomes.
 

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