The President proposes increasing school days and cutting summer vacations to improve education. Will it work?
When it comes to education, the U.S. is always embarrassingly far down on the list of academic achievement. Now President Obama has a plan that could help improve U.S. test scores by increasing the amount of time kids spend in school -- with a longer school year, extended class time, keeping schools open later, and letting kids have access to school over the weekend if they need a safe haven from their home life.
"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 told the AP.
Obama admits his plan probably won't be very popular with kids, even his own. Some parents who already believe their children are over-scheduled are rallying against the plan. Then, of course, there are the parents who, in trying to make ends meet, get to spend very little time with their kids as it is -- and must continue to work through all school scheduled vacations.
Duncan explains the thought behind the proposal: "Young people in other countries are going to school 25, 30 percent longer than our students here. I want to just level the playing field."
What do you think of Obama's new plan?