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September 07, 2006

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drew Roberts

A nicely thought provoking article.

Well, I haven't worked nine to five since I can't remember, but unfortunately, there is more to it than that...

These days, we put our children through a similar wringer. School is nine to three for my son and so I have to adjust to that schedule even where my own is more flexible. Thankfully, due to where I live, I can avoid the morning traffic, but the three o'clock sometimes gets me.

Then again, these days, one can get caught in traffic almost anywhere at almost anytime.

For those who think they might like to escape the nine to five trap, my first piece of advice would be to look to take control of and reduce your expenses.

all the best,

drew
(da idea man)

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nicob

I don't see any good reason why every child should be in school between nine and three either. It is a failure of the imagination to my mind.

I think that we need to consider flexible work times and flexible school times. There are ways to do it that would spread the traffic out over a period of time and reduce the idiocy of spending hours on the road in an island that takes up eighty-odd square miles of land.

And then there is the even simpler solution of creating a safe, reliable school bus system. The person who comes up with that plan and makes it work could become a tycoon in two or three years' time.

In this day and age, with internet and Blackberrys and communications gadgetry, I don't see why people have to be physically present for eight hours a day to be assumed to have done the work they're paid for, anyway.

drew Roberts

"I don't see any good reason why every child should be in school between nine and three either."

There isn't, and in some places, the school day is staggered. This does cause big problems in some places though as not all are careful to have all children from the same family going to school and returning home at the same time.

I think I am a bit too radical in this area. My suggestion, is to do away with school buildings completely.* Shoot for a 10 to 1 student to teacher ratio. Send the teachers to the children. Into the neighbourhoods. In some home, under a tree in the yard, at the local ball court, whatever.

* Perhaps have some facilities where once a week, kids could go a little further for science lab and sports or other things that cannot be learned properly under a shade tree.

I know this is a bit far out and over the top, but I am tired of spending money and effort on other things before we have a great student to teacher ratio.

(I would love to discuss this and other radical ideas with interested parties.)

"I don't see why people have to be physically present for eight hours a day to be assumed to have done the work they're paid for, anyway."

It isn't necessary and you are right that it shouldn't be.**

** Well, except that for some people, you can't assume they have done the work they are paid for even when they have been present.

I sometimes make the crazy suggestion that we should have a law that you cannot get a job anywhere until you have tried running your own business with employees for at least a few good years (3 to 5 say.)

all the best,

drew
(da idea man)

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