September 28, 2009 The Unbiased Writer

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According to President Obama, American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe. “I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas,but the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom.” The president 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. “Those hours from 3 o’clock to 7 o’clock are times of high anxiety for parents,” Duncan said. “They want their children safe. Families are working one and two and three jobs now to make ends meet and to keep food on the table.”

In addition to improving academic performance, Education Secretary Duncan has a vision of schools as the heart of the community. Duncan grew up studying alongside poor kids on the South Side of Chicago while serving as school system chief. If new proposed legislation takes effect, schools around the nation will be adding additional hours to next year’s school schedule. What do you think? We presented the facts, now you make the conclusion.



  1. Sharbar1128

    I think this is a great thing. Our children are lacking in education. Now adays if you don’t have a College Degree you will not have the opportunities for higher paying jobs that a person with a college degree would. So therefore, they need to be prepared at an early age that spending alot of time in school and hard work will pay off. Obama is the real deal and looks out for the children’s future.

  2. ashleyel

    Hopefully Obama will have an easier time reforming education than he has thus far with healthcare. I wish politics would stop getting in the way of CHANGE!

  3. iseechange

    Does anyone know when this legislation could take effect? I wonder if people would actually vote on it ?

  4. Mythoughts

    It’s true, we have one of the weakest educational systems in the world. I know it’s hard to imagine that a country so strong in military defense has put our educational system on the back burner.
    The same people who voted to put money into other programs will be dead and gone by the time this country is overun with a generation of illiterate people.
    Instead of adding additional hours to the already long school day. Let’s hire the best and the brightest teachers, and actually pay them a fair, and decent salary. Encourage parents to get involved in school activities like PTA.After school programs can incorporate tutorial/reading/math clubs.
    I think we intentionally try to make things more complicated than they actually are,therefore we have an excuse to waste more time and money flapping our lips!

  5. S.

    This has been long overdue! I remember being in Elementary school and hearing kids in other countries having to go to school on Saturdays and thinking to myself I would never want to do that! Now that I am older I wish this was something that was mandatory back then. Besides getting on our parents nerves on the weekend, what were we really doing? It is understandable to want to have free time, but while children are young they acquire more knowledge. How hard would it be to get High school students to start attending class on the weekends? I feel this should be made mandatory for k-9, and possible consideration for high school in a year or two; it will take some time to figure out how to convince young adults to come to class on what is now their “off days”.

    With that said this article should expose possibilities to its readers. If parents have one or two more days where they do not have to worry about a baby sitter; this either allows them to work one more day at their current job, or even possibly picking up a part time weekend job. Many people may not agree with this, but why complain about being broke during the hard times, why not try to do something about this, why not prepare ourselves[mainly our children] for the future? Our country should be ahead of where we are right now, in education, health-care, recycling[environmentalism], etc. I feel as a country we have been trained to be somewhat lazy if you will.

    Overall, I am for this 100%!

  6. jennifer louise

    this is a hot topic in educational debate, especially among researchers & policymakers attempting to address the drop out crisis. i’m all for longer school days as long as this includes clear goals for what those 2-3 extra hours would look like; that at the heart of this should be an attempt to combat academic disidentification among today’s youth and to, in turn, raise retention rates. over half of our students of color drop out of high school (not including those who drop out even earlier) and obama’s reasoning behind supporting longer school days should address this. i trust him, though, and i don’t doubt duncan’s commitment to these ideals.

    thanks for featuring such a pressing issue, unbiased writer, as we are truly experiencing one of the greatest crises in modern education since its founding at the turn of the last century.

  7. ella

    please don’t extend the hours! how about making the hours they are actually at school a challenging time but still fun. Find passionate teachers that the children can really benefit from. how about focusing not only academics but also physical education. have them join sports teams so they arent only exercising their minds but their bodies!! Whip that chub chub generation into shape!

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