My least favourite weekday? Definitely Friday. The terrible thing about Fridays is that my COMM seminar starts at 8:00. But it’s not COMM class that troubles me, I’ve always loved to go to COMM (my first blog post has more to say about this). The thing is: who wants to be at school at EIGHT in the morning? Not me, and not a whole lot of Fleming students do. In my opinion, no classes in our school should start as early as 8 a.m.
To make it just in time for an eight-o’clock class, a student must take the bus that departs at 7:20 a.m. from the terminal. Consider the case in which the student lives somewhere near the terminal or even further north. Let’s say the person takes about 40 minutes for morning hygienic routines, making breakfast, changing, and walking to the terminal. There should be a 10-minute gap to make sure the student can still make it if any undesired issue happens. Taking all into account, he/she should get up at 6:30 in the morning so that he/she could show up at eight in class. Honestly, getting up at 6:30 is quite early for a young person, and this senseless schedule is putting the teaching and learning conditions at risk.
On the students’ side, being required to go to school early can cause us sleep deprivation. It’s usual for college students to stay up late at night studying so we couldn’t get enough sleep if we have an early morning the next day. Due to sleep loss, we night owls would be in a dreamy condition during the professor’s presentation, not being able to gain any knowledge. We’d walk into class tired and, when classes finish, walk out even more tired. But things can be even worse. Early classes give people a good excuse to skip classes. And I bet a lot of them do skip early classes, as only half of the class are regular attendees as in COMM seminar on Friday mornings. By missing classes, many students are falling behind the course progress. Since they couldn’t catch up with the materials and instructions, they’d lose their enthusiasm and motivation to do the course, which increases the probability of failing.
On the professors’ side, seeing a remarkable percentage of absence is a big discouragement. The professors are also tired in the early morning, yet they still have to stay active and try to deliver the lectures. The fact that half of the class don’t show up and the other half keep yawning all the time and the professors themselves are also tempted to have a big yawn is very intimidating. The situation is obviously a disadvantage to both the teachers and the learners.
To sum up, not only that early classes are not proving its effectiveness in the effort of making more use of time, it also declines the efficiency of class time usage and the quality of the courses. Thus, Fleming College policies should be changed so that no classes start at 8 or earlier in the morning.