When we lived in Germany, my school day started at 9:10 am and ended at 3:15 pm. It took about an hour to get to and from school, so even though the work day was pretty short, it was still kind of a long day (I know, I know, nothing compared to the kinds of hours you work in the business world, but it was still long to me).
Then, when we moved to Malaysia, my school day started at 8:00 am and ended at 3:30 pm. I only had a five minute walk door-to-door, so in the end my time spent “out” was pretty similar to Munich, but it was much more relaxing.
Now, here in Bangkok, my school day starts at 7:00 am and ends at 3:30 pm. Unfortunately, I’ve been coming home after 5 pm every day since I started. I can already tell that my day will end up being quite long since I have to wake up around 5:45 am to get in on time.
Ironically, I’ve been searching high and low for an alarm clock since I got here, but so far, no luck. The Thais just smile and laugh when I say I want a clock that plugs into the wall – I’m sure that’s because we occasionally loose power and because everyone else gets up when the rooster crows, but I need that horrible, ear cringing electronic beep to rouse me out of my pleasant slumber if it’s going to be at the ungodly hour of 5:45!
Does anyone see a pattern here? Why oh why must every school start earlier and end later. Why can’t it be the other way around? It’s just about 9 pm now and I’m so tired from getting up at 5:45 in the morning that I’m heading off to bed as soon as I finish this post. When will education learn that children (and their teachers) need sleep!
What time do you have to get up in the morning?