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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Life lessons from school

The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Bemidji Pioneer by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Bemidji Pioneer. To submit a letter, email letters@bemidjipioneer.com or mail it to Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56601.

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It is disappointing to see our local school district habitually delay school start times by two hours because of apparent cold weather.

Recently, our local schools were delayed again when temperatures dipped to 20 below zero. Why? To wait two hours for the temperature to rise to 17 below? What do we do when it’s 28 below? Wait two hours for 24 below? What about 35 below? Wait two hours for 31 below? Does any of this make sense?

Previous generations, including my own, did not have school delays because of temperature. Occasionally, we had delays or cancellations because of a blizzard, but rarely, if ever, because it was too cold. And this was before cell phones and GPS and school buses that drive up subsidiary side roads to pick up kids.

In addition to this lack of logic, these two-hour delays wreak havoc amongst many parents, especially single parents who are trying to get their kids to school in a timely sequence so that they can also maintain their own work schedule.

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But the biggest disservice that our school district perpetuates by initiating these delays is the message that they are sending our kids. The school district is essentially telling our kids that they don’t have to maintain a schedule in life when things become difficult.

They can delay, they can wait, they can reschedule. Someone will lower the bar. They don’t have to have fortitude or perseverance. They don’t have to overcome adversity or re-think their circumstances, or additionally adjust or prepare themselves to uphold a needed schedule -- or take additional measures to accomplish a daily mission.

And that is unfortunate.

Because the reality is: these are all life lessons. They are important lessons taught by example. And in this regard, our school district is failing to teach them.

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The following is a letter to the editor submitted by a reader and does not reflect the views of the Pioneer. Letters can be sent to letters@bemidjipioneer.com or P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56601.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted by a reader and does not reflect the views of the Pioneer. Letters can be sent to letters@bemidjipioneer.com or P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56601.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted by a reader and does not reflect the views of the Pioneer. Letters can be sent to letters@bemidjipioneer.com or P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56601.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted by a reader and does not reflect the views of the Pioneer. Letters can be sent to letters@bemidjipioneer.com or P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56601.