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Obama’s latest unpopular idea

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September 28, 2009

President Barack Obama wants kids to spend more time in schools.

School students aren’t happy about the idea. Neither or school administrators who say the President’s ideas would add costs to financially-strapped educational systems.

Which could mean increased local taxes and a financial burden to struggling taxpayers.

Add another unpopular idea from a President who is facing increasing unpopularity from a skeptical public.

<b>Reports The Associated Press:

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 earlier this year. “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.”

The president, 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 in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

Fifth-grader Nakany Camara is of two minds. She likes the four-week summer program at her school, Brookhaven Elementary School in Rockville, Md. Nakany enjoys seeing her friends there and thinks summer school helped boost her grades from two Cs to the honor roll.

But she doesn’t want a longer school day. “I would walk straight out the door,” she said.

2 Responses to Obama’s latest unpopular idea

  1. woody188

    September 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Is it school or nursery what with having them go on weekends too?

    Home schooling is looking better all the time.

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  2. almandine

    September 28, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Maybe if they taught something more than being politically correct the kids would get what they need. As it is, more time at school just means more of the same old BS.