Lot’s of recent studies show that teenagers need more sleep, and that one way to help that is to start school later. California became the first state in the nation to require that high schools can start no earlier than 8:30 am beginning in 2 years.

I’m a product of four years of early morning seminary in the central valley of California. We had 6:00 am seminary. To make matters worse for me, I had an early morning paper route (yes, I’m that old) for two years, that required me to get up at 4:45 am three mornings a week. I then played a varsity sport after school, so I was pretty dead tired by 7 pm every night. I remember missing YM weekly meetings because I was too tired, or had too much homework.

I wonder if the CES leaders, or their bosses (Q15) have discussed these studies, and the affect early morning seminary might be having on the well being of the students. Since all these leaders live in Utah, where they have release time seminary, its probably is not high on their radar as they don’t have kids or grand-kids complaining about the early hours.

I’m not sure how this will affect early morning seminary here in the state. If school starts at 8:30, there is really no need for seminary to start at 6:00 am like it does in my stake. It could start at 7 am. The problem might be getting teachers that have a 8:00 am job they have to get to.

Interesting that even the Deseret News published a story referencing the studies that show kids need more sleep and school should start later, but failed to mention that the church outside of the Mormon Corridor makes kids get up at 5:30 am or earlier to get to 6 am seminary.

There is a CES director in our ward here in California, and I asked him if he had heard anything from headquarters on how they might handle a late school start. He said he has heard nothing, but with all the changes in the church surrounding “home centered teaching” that maybe there would be no need for year morning seminary in a few years.

What are your experiences with yearly morning seminary, either as a student, or parent driving kids at 5:30 in the morning?