More School hours for students in US
Fewer holidays in US schools
WASHINGTON: US 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. “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.”
Obama, 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.
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% longer than our students here,” Duncan said. “I want to just level the playing field.” A student Domonique Toombs’ school is part of a 3-year-old state initiative to add 300 hours of school time in nearly two dozen schools. Early results are positive.