I'm not often on this board, so maybe this subject has been done to death, but as my son just started 6th grade I wondered if anyone else thinks starting school really early in the morning is pointless, and if anyone's successfully petitioned their school board about it. My son's middle school starts at 7:33 (not sure why the random time). Elementary started at 8:45. We're not very late sleepers, so it's not that we need to lie about for hours, but I just don't see how it's academically beneficial to make pre-adolescents and teens get up when it's still dark out, and hit the books seriously at 7:30 in the morning! (even typing it out, it just sounds ridiculous). I've read several studies that support that it's not biologically a good idea to support such a schedule at this age of growth, and that it's not beneficial to learning. At all. And that schools that have implemented a later start time have seen higher test scores.
I guess there is some blather about bus schedules. But in that case, switch the elementary kids with the older kids. Little kids go to bed earlier and are up earlier anyway. Or how about starting the whole school system itself later. I'm not talking drastically later, but the planet wouldn't stop going 'round if 10 year olds didn't have to get up when it's still dark out!
I've heard one or two parents around me pretend to groan about getting up so early, but generally everyone in my town's happy as a clam about it. No one would dare question a system set in place forever. But if the system doesn't make sense and NO one has bothered to provide a good reason why it makes sense academically, I start to have a problem.