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27 September 2009, 4:34 pm. 2 Comments. Filed under Education.

More school: Obama would curtail summer vacation

Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way.

Obama says American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe.

“Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas,” the president said earlier this year. “Not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom.”

Kids don’t need more quantity…..they need more QUALITY! We use to have a great education system, that actually taught kids the basics, AND advanced their knowledge of the country’s history, how to be a good citizen, and sciences. Now? We get morons coming out with a degree, and a large number of them don’t even know the name of the current VP! How pathetic is that? But they sure do know Obama’s name, don’t they. :?

Obama and Duncan say kids in the United States need more school because kids in other nations have more school.

“Young people in other countries are going to school 25, 30 percent longer than our students here,” Duncan told the AP. “I want to just level the playing field.”

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).

I don’t suppose it has occurred to anyone that the reason our kids are lagging behind other nations in math and science is because we can’t fire crappy teachers?  There is no merit pay, so why should teachers get serious about, well…..TEACHING!?!?  As for the number of days….have you ever noticed how many days are listed as “professional development”, or teacher work days, or some such depending on where you live.  Take a gander at the calendar for our little Hardin County High School.  Breaks here, breaks there…..for what?  Just cuz, as best I can tell.  Now, if you are in my age range, you’ll remember that we had set days for ‘vacations”.  We didn’t have ‘fall break”.  We didn’t get out for Lincoln’s or Washington’s birthdays.  There was no such thing as MLK Day, and we sure wouldn’t have been let out.  We never went back to school until AFTER Labor Day.  We had a 4 day weekend for Thanksgiving.  We had 2 weeks for Christmas (not winter break).  I seem to remember one day off for a teacher’s work day.  Then we had EASTER break, which included Good Friday, not spring break!  And we continued in school, Monday through Friday, until the second Wednesday in June.  Now days, it seems kids get 3 day weekends on a regular basis.  Why?  Do the teachers not have kids that NEED an education?  So many breaks, and one starts to wonder….what is the purpose of having a school year?  Why do kids even bother?  Especially considering the lack of education they are receiving.

I also know there are some darn good teachers too, but how long do they last in today’s environment? A few years? Maybe a decade, if they can stand it that long. They want to teach, but are stifled by the ‘powers that be’. Don’t get me wrong!  I am a strong believer in education.  REAL education!  What passes as education these days is a poor shadow of what once was.

“Those hours from 3 o’clock to 7 o’clock are times of high anxiety for parents,” Duncan said. “They want their children safe. Families are working one and two and three jobs now to make ends meet and to keep food on the table.”

I know it’s silly, but maybe folks should start worrying more about what is going into their kids brains, instead of what name brand shod their feet, or the latest video game to impress their buds. Call me a sexist, but unless absolutely necessary, at least one parent should be at home when their gets walk in the door from school. But that’s just me.

I could go on, but I’ll refrain.  Suffice it to say that productivity goes down, not up, when a person is forced into ‘labor’.  Kids are NOT going to be more productive (learn more).  I’d make a sure bet there will be MORE problems with discipline as well.

Oh yeah, and then there’s this.  You know all those jobs that supposedly Americans won’t do, so we have to have millions upon millions of illegals come in to do them?  Well, guess what!  With the lack of education, kids will be lining up for those jobs now, in order to eat, put a roof over their heads, and take care of the babies so many seem to think of as a status symbol thanks to those institutions they claim are schools.

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2 Comments »

  1. drjim. 27 September 2009, 5:14 pm

    My son went to a private school for K-8, and then he started the local public high-school. Even though it was a highly-rated school, he was about a YEAR ahead of the other students in most of his subjects, particularly math and science. We found this rather surprising, as his private grade school was a “religious” school!

  2. olbroad. 27 September 2009, 5:59 pm

    We are spending more and more per student, and getting less and less in return, and they can’t figure it out.  sigh….