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President Obama Wants a Longer School Year ... Do You?

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President Barack Obama started the school week Monday with a call for a longer school year during a nationally broadcast interview.
 
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When asked if he supported a year-round school year, Obama said that he thought a longer school year would make sense, but did not give specifics as to how much longer he thought the school year should be. U.S. students attend classes an average of one month less than children in most other advanced countries. 

Do you think kids should have a longer school year? Why or why not?


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Robin September 27, 2010, 12:26 PM

I don’t know about longer, but I think summer break could be redistributed more throughout the year. It’s just too long in one lump. Makes retention harder for kids.

REALMOM September 27, 2010, 12:58 PM

I think the kids need more instructional time. Looking at the calendar the kids have so much time off during the regular school year it’s not even funny. Winter break, Christmas Break, Staff Development days (18) Half days (10) Spring Break, Easter Break, Thanksgiving break and various other breaks and days off. Seems to me like they just need to go to school a lot more during the regular months to earn the summer time off.

Anonymous September 27, 2010, 1:22 PM

No. Middle class kids actually learn more over the summer. Instead of making the school year longer for everybody, how about school-based summer camp programs for kids who don’t have as much money?

michelle September 28, 2010, 11:22 AM

Maybe middle class American kids don’t slip as much over the summer as compared to poorer American kids, but that is a false comparison. We should remember that for ALL American kids our education system is a disaster and we do not measure up to other OECD countries. So if you look at it that way, yes, we do need a longer school year, as well as higher/stricter instructional standards.

Lauren  September 28, 2010, 11:40 AM

All I want to know is how are we going to pay for a longer school year?? Money doesn’t grow on trees. I’ve read proposals that suggested actually shortening the school week (to 4 days from 5) to cut down on the costs of utilities, maintenance etc and give teachers that extra day to plan and grade papers etc so they’re not so incredibly overworked during the week. This creates an issue for families with parents who both work, but it’s a thought.

True Mom September 28, 2010, 5:57 PM

I think it is a HORRIBLE idea!! I have said for years that the school day should be about 5 hours with NO homework. Just actually TEACH THEM those five hours and then send them home. Maybe a Stay-at-home-parent would also be a benefit! And dont try and tell me that everyone isnt so fortunate that they can stay home…priorities people!!!!

Anonymous September 28, 2010, 8:14 PM

No thanks Mr. President! Maybe even out the school breaks.

colt September 28, 2010, 8:31 PM

Make the child suicide rate skyrocket even more. This country is so stressed and miserable.

Joe September 29, 2010, 4:57 AM

No to a longer school year! We hear that “other” countries have a longer school year and this is held up as the reason they “lead” us in testing. This could NOT be further from the truth which is: students are hand-picked in THESE “other” countries; they are the “cream”. These kids “take the tests!” Here, EVERYONE takes the tests! This perennial “argument” for a longer school year is simply “comparing apples to oranges.” Don’t let anyone, including our government tell you differently. AND…in the final analysis, teachers will be the biggest obstacle to a longer school year. In the end, it is not always more that makes things/people better, rather its more-better that will make the grade. OUR kids are the most educated in the world and we do it in 180 school days - PERIOD!

Annie September 29, 2010, 7:18 AM

Joe is absolutely incorrect!! Every other advanced country has year round school and ALL of their education systems are kicking our butts!! And it’s not because of “testing” - look at any country who is leading in medicine, technology, even the arts - it certainly isn’t the U.S. - all other counties are year round and better for it! YES to year round school! And better laid out day - hours 9-5. As a teacher it is ridiculous how much is lost over the summer break. The first 2-3 months of every year is just catch up and review.

Anonymous September 29, 2010, 7:19 AM

And dont try and tell me that everyone isnt so fortunate that they can stay home

Spoken like a very ignorant, well-off person.

True Mom September 29, 2010, 4:52 PM

Name-calling and Jealousy are lovely lessons to teach your children. Well done!

Lauren K. September 29, 2010, 4:55 PM

I think a longer school do is ridiculous! Children still need time to play and hang out and just plain do nothing! Those of you needing our children out of the house for what ever reason, they need to be home, with you.

Joe in Dallas September 29, 2010, 4:58 PM

Year round school, what a JOKE! These ideas are coming from Moms who like their afternoon lunches and shopping. How about a cooking class? How about a Check book class? How about a get off your cell phone and help teach you children class???

Carol September 29, 2010, 5:00 PM

I think we are getting a little off topic here. I can understand the frustration with the ideas of longer days. However, most kids require afterschool care or day care or come home alone, so this could be helpful in those demographics.

Anonymous September 30, 2010, 7:40 AM

Absolutely 100% longer school year. We’ve grown a bunch of lazy children and this is what they need! Also with a longer school year we can include more arts/sports activities. We’ll have more well more well rounded, scholastically adept children. How could anyone possibly or logically be against this?

Justine September 30, 2010, 9:54 AM

“How can anyone possibly or logically be against this” ummmmm…those of us who enjoy spending time with our kids.

Anonymous October 1, 2010, 5:41 AM

those of us who enjoy spending time with our kids.

Obviously spoken by the, ahem, don’t want to work so I’ll be a “SAHM”. I find it horrible parenting that someone would rather have their kids fall behind scholastically so that they can play together. How about mom and dad get a life and I don’t know a JOB during the summer?

Extending the school year won’t remove breaks entirely - they will just be shorter, spread out and more realistic. We are the only country that doesn’t have year round school and seeing that we have to get all of our technology and medical advancements from other countries it shows that we are in dire need of better education system, i.e. year round.

So here’s an idea, everyone who wants to keep their kids home during the summer so they can play can do so - we still will need some McDonald’s workers…

True Mom October 1, 2010, 3:36 PM

Anonymous…I am sorry that you are bitter. I am sorry that you find being you so difficult. It is easy to be nasty when you are A-N-O-N-Y-M-O-U-S

Jennifer October 2, 2010, 1:45 PM

Couldn’t have said it better myself TrueMom :)


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