Some real interesting ideas floating around regarding a possible time zone change. Some I haven’t thought of. Here’s another one.
What about the schoolchildren. I think they should have a say in this, too, especially those who have to drive a long distance like on a school bus. Maybe we should leave it up to them and their parents. What would they prefer — getting up and riding to school in the dark?
I have had it in my head that the MST zone change was just right for them because they got to ride to school when it was light out. Light is stimulating, and gets a child ready for the day of school. If they ride home when it’s dark, well, darkness acts like sort of a sedative, and they may be prone to settle down. On Dec. 20 the sunrise was at 7:33. By Dec. 26 it was at 7:36 where it stayed until Jan. 7, with the exception of Jan. 1, where it went for its brief visit to its latest time of 7:37. On Jan. 8 it went to 7:35 and began its crawl back out of the darkness.
Sunset hit an early time of 4:03 on Dec. 5 and on Tuesday it hit at 4:25.
If we were to add an hour to those sunrise and sunset hours we will find that daylight saving time is now in the morning on Mountain Standard Time. Maybe it should be for the schoolchildren. Adults have been adjusted the way it is now for the sum of their adult years.
What I feel, is that the schoolchildren and their parents should be polled on the issue of time change. Particular attention should be given to rural students because I know that some routes can be quite long.
Also, trying to plan events around conflicting time zones is actually good and stimulating for the brain. Ask a brain expert and they will tell you that anytime we challenge our brains, we have better outcomes.
Craig Kappel, Dickinson