Monday, September 28, 2009

There Goes the Youth Vote: Obama Wants More, Longer School Days

As a person working in education and a former school student I have to say that this is one of the dumbest requests I've heard in at least a week. President Obama looks like he will bow to the radical left-wing of the Education lobby and may increase not only the school day, but also the length of the school year.

In all, we might be looking at 200, 10-hour days instead of our 180, 7-hour days.

I'm sure that the school kids will be thrilled.

And of course the Education Secretary believes that those damn rural students are dragging us down:

"Our school calendar is based upon the agrarian economy and not too many of our kids are working the fields today," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.
How about instead of overworking teachers and students and creating a large disservice for school districts and parents we actually work to reform the current system. In current schools, grades are slowly being marginalized, school curriculums not based as much on achievements, and teachers are often overworked.

How about making it easier to become a teacher to include people with Master's Degrees without certification? How about breaking the major Unions into smaller organization, just like the government breaks up business monopolies.

How about cutting back on left-wing indoctrination instead of adding in more time. If you simply reduce the time in which teachers will teach students that the Japanese internment camps were equivalent to the Holocaust, you could get a lot of time.

Obama, what are you doing?

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