The law of averages said that it had to happen and it has; I agree with President Obama on something he wants to and with the stated reasons for his wanting to do it.
From the McClatchy Washington Bureau:
President Barack Obama said Tuesday that American children should go to school longer – either stay later in the day or into the summer – if they’re going to have any chance of competing for jobs and paychecks against foreign kids.
“We can no longer afford an academic calendar designed when America was a nation of farmers who needed their children at home plowing the land at the end of each day,” Obama said, adding U.S. education to his already crowded list of top priorities.
“That calendar may have once made sense, but today, it puts us at a competitive disadvantage. Our children spend over a month less in school than children in South Korea. That is no way to prepare them for a 21st century economy.”
He urged administrators to “rethink the school day” to add more class time.
“I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas,” he said. “Not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom. If they can do that in South Korea, we can do it right here in the United States of America.”
This is an attitude and a desire for “change” that I can fully endorse. America’s government run school system is flagging and failing. Overall the students are not provided with an education that will serve them as well later in life as it should. Extending the school day and /or the school year is a means – though not the only needed means – of addressing this critical failing.