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Obama Wants Longer School Days, Shorter Summer Vacations

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Posted By: The Booze at 11:01 am

28 Sep 2009

WASHINGTON – 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.”

The president, who has a sixth-grader and a third-grader, wants schools to add time to classes, to stay open late and to let kids in on weekends so they have a safe place to go.

“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.

This is outrageous. There is absolutely no reason to extend the school day. Kids are learning enough under the current school system. It’s not like elementary school is that important anyway. When is the last time you wrote an entire paper in cursive? disected a frog? used social studies? Maybe we don’t spend enough time learning foreign languages as students from other countries, but let’s get real…we wouldn’t be true Americans if we didn’t sit back and expect everyone else to learn English. It is bullshit to claim that the current schedule is outdated and solely based on the agrarian economy. Kids need to get out of school for other reasons these days. Keeping them in school any later would keep them from doing what really matters…sports. Let’s say I have a kid someday…how am I going to mold him into professional athlete if he’s in school until dinner time?

Don’t even get me started on the shortened summer vacation. As a college grad in the working world, I won’t be enjoying three months of freedom until I retire. Let the kids have their time off, they will have plenty of time to be miserable like me when they get out of school. And yes, I voted for McCain.

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  • niesel

    fact: India has more college graduates than America has total population. America is getting relatively dumb and I think it is very wise to shed some light on this issue. many states already do apply the non-agrarian school schedule (like florida) and it leads to better learning and less stress for kids. i think he should spend more of the stimulus money on education.

  • zachmorris

    Niesel, you're a fag.

  • niesel

    i think anyone who sits like this is either gay or has really small balls. that shit pains me to do.

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