I agree wholeheartedly with Tom Dixon’s idea in the Sept. 1 Observer issue regarding high school students starting class too early.
It is an idea I am sure is familiar to the Rio Rancho school district as well as other school districts throughout New Mexico and the U.S. It is one of many scientifically based ideas known to educators throughout the U.S.
Books have been written about similar ideas that would improve learning in every classroom in America. Some of these ideas included lowering the pupil/teacher ratio in every classroom (1:15 would be wonderful); eliminating fluorescent lighting and going with natural lighting; making sure students are hydrated (studies show around 65 percent of all Americans are dehydrated to some level); teaching students developmentally (i.e., teaching them subjects when their brains and bodies are ready to learn that particular subject); have separate math and science classes for boys and girls in middle and high schools, etc.