Spring Forward & Change


daylight-savings-timeChange is an interesting phenomena for us humans. Typically we push and desire change (e.g. getting a new job, new car, increased income) and yet we dislike when change is force upon us (e.g. getting laid off, losing a car in an accident, reduced income). I don’t know of any studies that identify the general time that it occurs but students in K-12 also tend to have a change in attitude toward school about 6th grade. Then it seems that school becomes a chore and learning is not something fun to do.

For level of creativity there was a noted study in the 1960’s that showed substantial evidence that creativity was educated out of students by the Fourth grade.  The study is titled “Understanding the fourth grade slump in creative thinking” (1967) and was conducted by Dr. E. Paul Torrance at the University of Minnesota.  The work of Dr Torrance was seminal in promoting gifted education and increased creativity and problem solving skills into American education.  He is often said to be ‘the father of creativity‘ and from my connection to him through my colleague, Mary Murdock, I’d say that if he were alive today he would be working on solving the challenges ‘Race to the Top’ and ‘No Child Left Behind’ have brought to teachers and students today. He’d also be trying to find ways to bring funding back to gifted studies for students of all socioeconomic circumstances because so much talent is being wasted.

Change is inevitable. Some change we can control yet other change is out of our control. Change comes in many forms like spiritual, mental or physical changes. Change also has degrees and levels. Some change is individual like birth and death, while others are global like climate change. Some change is natural like the seasons while others are created by humans.

One induced change that is coming to most of the USA this evening is Daylight Savings Time. Remember to Spring forward! In the Autumn you then Fall back. As Bob Aldrich of the California Energy Council says in his informative web article titled ‘Daylight Saving Time: Its History and Why We Use It‘ this Spring ahead, Fall behind is “ingrained in our consciousness almost as much as the A-B-Cs or our spelling reminder of ‘i before e….’ And it’s a regular event, though perhaps a bit less regular than the swallows coming back to Capistrano. (Though that may even change with the impacts of global climate change.)  Yet in those four words is a whole collection of trivia, facts and common sense about Daylight Saving Time.”

So Happy Time Change Weekend. I know I dislike it!

Time Change Facts:

  • Beginning in 2007, Daylight Saving Time is extended one month and begins for most of the United States at:
  • 2 a.m. on the Second Sunday in March
    and lasts until
  • 2 a.m. on the First Sunday of November.
  • The new start and stop dates were set in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
  • The primary goal of time change was to conserve energy but not all studies support it
  • As best we can tell Benjamin Franklin, while a minister to France, was the first to suggest the idea in an essay titled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light.” The essay was first published in the Journal de Paris in April 1784.
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