So, in a world of flex hours, why are public schools still so tied to an exact schedule? They still have bells that mimic the factory whistle, from a day and age when most people worked precise shifts in factories. Whether the kids are at their best at a certain time of day or not, they all have to be there from morning bell to dismissal.
In Sudbury schools, we’re also more relaxed about timing. Students may come early or late, so long as they come for 25 hours a week. We trust them with their own time, and in so doing, we better prepare them for the modern world. Think of it as flex hours.