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This opinion piece, Not a good idea to start school later, is not about the good of the students. Instead, it is about their parents, the employers of the parents, the transport companies.

Now these other stakeholders also have a say. The problem is that their say is dominant and overwhelms what is important. That is why there is no change. The question of why we do not start school later is perennial and so are the standard answers.

The problem is not just that we keep revisiting this issue and not change anything. It is that we normalise the cycle, and in doing so, lose sight of what is important (the learner) and instead dwell on what is urgent (everything else).

What is important is seldom urgent. And what is urgent is seldom important. -- Dwight D. Eisenhower.

What is important is seldom urgent. And what is urgent is seldom important. -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Why do we tend to focus on what is urgent instead of what is important?

Sometimes we have to, like if there is a need for urgent care. However, in mainstream work it is easy to focus on busy, urgent work because what was important was not the focus in the first place.

It is in no way urgent for me to attribute the image I used. It is important that I do. Here is the CC-licensed image.

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