President Obama To Suggest More School Time

President Barack Obama is among those making the case that American kids aren't spending enough time in school.

The president says that puts them at a disadvantage compared to other students around the globe. He's pushing for schools to add time to classes, to stay open later and to let kids in on weekends so they have a safe place to go. And he's not the only one for it. His education secretary, Arne Duncan, notes that the American school calendar is based on the agrarian economy, and as he puts it, "not too many of our kids are working the fields today."

While it's true that kids in many other countries have more school days, it's not true they all spend more time in school. In fact, U.S. kids spend more hours in school than do kids in the Asian countries that persistently outscore the U.S. on math and science tests.

As for adding to the school year, Obama admits that may not be a "wildly popular" idea, even with his two school-aged daughters.


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  • by C on Nov 3, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    Southern Liberal: An insult directed at another person's intellect comes right back to you when it's not spelled correctly. The word is "cretin".
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Oct 22, 2009 at 08:49 PM
    Actually I was refering to americans in general. Do you really think that someone making $25 000 a year can afford a $250 000 mortgage? I wasn't referring to any political party, way to Fox spin my original comments there O'Reilly.....
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 9, 2009 at 05:15 AM
    Derek, whether you go to moveon.org or not, you quote right out of their playbook. I know, they email me updates everyday. Bill Maher is the moveon.org teacher. It wasn't a problem overspending 5 years ago? Yea, everything was find under Bush? You missed the point, when Barney Franks and Christopher Dodd wouldn't cease the home loans for lower income people, thats where the problem started. You should know that, its been all over the news. It was simple, you cannot loan 250K to people with a family income of 40K a year. Dodd and Franks made the banks give them loans. So, there was the crash.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Oct 8, 2009 at 06:08 PM
    buying a house and two cars at the same time seemed like it wasn't a problem only 5 years ago, when everything was fine, wasn't it? That's why people did it, hence the big spending by many americans - that wasn't the administrations fault (and for the record - I've never cited anything from moveon.org, why do you?)
  • by Julie Location: MI on Oct 8, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    I very much dis agree with adding more school time. I am a student, and I do not even get enough time after school as it is. Many kids have after school sports, things to do, etc., and by making school times longer, they will not even have enough time for that, and will have to stop doing things they love. Also, if we have more school time, many kids are going to get very obese. I mean, think about it, sitting in a chair everyday, 10 or more hours a day, not having time to do after school sports, well kids will not be able to exercise much. Think about the teachers. Im sure they will REALLY not want to work at school all summer, weekends, etc. With all respect to obama, i think this idea is crazy!
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Oct 8, 2009 at 03:59 PM
    Derek, if you are keeping up with politics in this country, the problems revolve around banks and mortgages was based on our parties policies. Now, when Obama set the stimulus program that is creeping into the system, he wants another one? Well, the debt is already higher than what all US presidents have spent in the history of the nation yet he needs more, and then more for healthcare? This is what I think, liberals want to get it all in place as quick as they can, while they can. After all of this, it will be rare to have a country run by liberals every again. Americans cannot afford the program. Hearing that moveon.org loves to say the "cost of the war". Well, thats chump change compared to what the admin is spending. This policy of spending went on during Jimmy Carters presidency and you remember where that went? To put it in perspective, if you just bought a house, do you go buy two new cars, a swimming pool and take a cruise? Maybe if you won the lottery but on 40K a year?
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Oct 8, 2009 at 07:21 AM
    Yeah, a spending problem that began 25 years ago and now the repo man has come calling. 'wake up america'? yeah, to a debt nightmare. maybe we should take responsibility for ourselves and consider our nation as a 'second-world' nation?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 7, 2009 at 04:24 PM
    Suggestion to Barrack, spend more time in the whitehouse and less time traveling to places where people don't respect you. Next, open your checkbook with "United States of America" and do the balance. Put away the credit cards and tell Nancy and Harry to shut up. Liberals, we just cannot afford the pork. Derek, the stimulus program he is talking about is just another pork spending bill. If he wanted a healthcare bill, don't you think he would have at least thought about "money". The Chinese don't want to loan us anymore since they thing we have a spending problem. I think.....we have a spending problem.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Oct 6, 2009 at 11:51 AM
    Freedom Guy: this link is worth a look if you are still a 'crazy birther' http://belowthebeltway.com/2009/08/02/the-latest-birther-fantasy-obamas-fake-kenyan-birth-certificate/
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Oct 6, 2009 at 11:41 AM
    Actually I wouldn't give his another stimulus bailout until the current one begins to work. I'm on your side with that one.
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