I feel the urge to comment on the Aug. 23 editorial in the Morning Sentinel. I agree with an after Labor Day start to the school year. I disagree with the assumptions made that a later start “puts low-income kids at a disadvantage.”
I started school many years ago (about 1935). I came from a very poor family, thus I would qualify as a “low-income kid.” As I recollect, we started school at 8:30 a.m., had a break for lunch, then got out at 3:30 p.m. (not 2 p.m.).
I may not be the sharpest tack in the wall, but I was able to learn to read, write (including penmanship) and do some simple math (including multiplication tables). I realize there is much more to learn today, but reading, writing and some simple math, I believe, are as essential in today’s world as they have ever been.
I understand that in SAD 9 the school buses travel an average of 2,800 miles per day (prior to Starks entry). It would seem to me we should keep those students at school a while longer each day. Let’s not have as many Wednesday afternoons off for “teacher’s workshops.”
Let’s leave the school starting date as the day after Labor Day.
Fred W. Hardy