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.