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Morning News – Obama Wants Longer School Days

By brettsinger |

yankees-mister-potato-headPresident Obama thinks that students don’t spend enough time in school. He’d like to see longer school days and less time off in the summer. As a parent, I have a hard time disagreeing with that. How about you?

The New York Yankees clinched the American League East with a sweep of the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees are on a collison course with the Dodgers, which would mean current Yankee manager Joe Girardi vs. former Yankee manager Joe Torre. I’ve been saying this for months, but now I’ll say it here so that if it happens I can say “see? I was right.” I mean, I would say it anyway. But now I have written proof. So there.

This is a weird one. Remember the Oklahoma City bombings in 1995? Someone says the video appears to have been edited. Creepy.

Columnist and former Nixon staffer William Safire died. He was 79.

Today is Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. I may even be atoning as you read this. Kanye West, were he Jewish, might atone for his Taylor Swift thing. Or maybe not. Still, we would like to say L’Shana Tova, Kanye. (“I’m real happy for you and Imma let you Kiddush…”) And to all of you as well.

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0 thoughts on “Morning News – Obama Wants Longer School Days

  1. Lee says:

    The quote below is from the article referenced – Is it possible time spent in school isn’t the problem? Summer school vacation has always been the tradition in the U.S. yet over the last three decades our children have been dramatically underperforming. What about quality over quantity?

    “While it is true that kids in many other countries have more school days, it’s not true they all spend more time in school.

    Kids in the U.S. spend more hours in school (1,146 instructional hours per year) than do kids in the Asian countries that persistently outscore the U.S. on math and science tests — Singapore (903), Taiwan (1,050), Japan (1,005) and Hong Kong (1,013). That is despite the fact that Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong have longer school years (190 to 201 days) than does the U.S. (180 days).”

    Throwing more money at the problem isn’t the answer either. Since 1970 the U.S. has more than doubled (adjusted for inflation) per student spending and test scores have not improved. Finland, which is ranked #1 by the OECD spends half what the U.S. does per student.

  2. mommiedear says:

    I think the longer school days are a bad idea only because school systems don’t have money to sustain the school days they have now let alone making them longer. It is not the school hours that make smarter kids it is the basic foundation at home and in society the assumption that education is the key to success and the ONLY key to success. Most Asian and European countries churn out smarter kids because they don’t make learning user friendly they don’t dum it up for us. accessibility to educate ourselves shouldn’t mean lowering the standard of education. Which is exactly how it is here. I have been educated in an Asian school system till 5th grade and then here and I can tell you from experience the curriculum is much simpler here I skipped two grades by taking a test when I came here and started in 8th grade! We need to upgrade our curriculum and expect kids to work smarter not harder and we will be on top. I also think 3 months of a summer break is too much if anything break it up and spread it out throughout the year and definitely cut the 3 down to 1 1/2 or 2 at the most. On http://www.truuconfessions.com moms will agree with me.

  3. GMNightmare says:

    The exact opposite of what is needed to be done. School days need to be shortened. We need to stop stealing the childhood of younger generations with stuff that doesn’t work.

    People obviously don’t think back to their own childhoods, I call them morons. They ignore the only experience they’ll have, and ignore that experience, making calls that obviously wouldn’t work if they only used their own experience.

    Shorter school days, more breaks, more emphasis on extra curricular and arts, no big chunks of break. IE, year long schools with shorter hours but more activities. You then don’t overload students with information that they don’t have enough spare time to learn, they get physical release and art release to help the brain expand and be able to learn other topics, and they enjoy there life about 100 times more.

    We need to improve the education experience, not stuff more of the pathetic useless system we currently have down their throats.

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