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President Obama to End Summer Vacation

obama at schoolPresident Obama’s health care program may not be popular among certain Americans, but his desire to eliminate summer vacation will render him an easy target among all American school children.

Earlier this year we reported that President Obama proposed longer school days, and recent buzz indicates he’s still at it. The President wants American children to be better prepared to compete with children worldwide who spend on average 30 percent more time in school than American kids. Along with his Education Secretary Arne Duncan, President Obama believes that the current American academic calendar year is antiquated and was created when the country was primarily an agrarian culture; but since very few families toil in the fields all day, the Obama Administration is on a quest to develop the minds of American children by extending their time in school in order to keep them on par with the minds of millions of children around the globe.

Currently, most American schools hold class for 180 days a year and the average American student clocks about 1,145 hours of class-time instruction each year. But in countries that consistently out-smart Americans on test scores, like Japan, Singapore and Taiwan, kids are in school for less hours (about 1,050 hours) but have longer school years – 190 to 200 days.

The President is hoping to balance out this discrepancy by proposing that all schools hold classes longer, three hours to be exact, offer weekend classes particularly for kids who live in economically-disadvantaged and crime-ridden communities, and reduce the length of time for summer vacation.

While eliminating summer vacation is not popular among kids (and some parents), schools that have extended class time have yielded positive results. Charter schools who hold longer school days fare better on test scores in comparison to schools in the same districts that adhere to the traditional school day schedule. In addition, schools that simply add a few minutes to class times also see marked improvement in test scores.

But the extended school year will cost extra money. The funds to put such a plan into action would come from federal and state dollars and would be used to pay for the extended salaries, utilities and basic school operational costs.

Whether all parts of his plan or just a few components will be passed still remains to be seen. EduInReview.com will continue to keep you informed of the developments of this controversial but important issue.

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10 Responses to “President Obama to End Summer Vacation”

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  5. Travis says:

    This wouldn’t be a COMPLETE waste. If it would get the minds of younger generations to advance then why not. However, they should be more focused on improving the educational system in other areas. I’m a sophmore taking college classes through my school and the state pays for them. However, starting fall 2010, the state will no longer pay for these classes. The state and fed. governments should be more focused on keeping these things BEFORE starting something totally different.

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  7. aaron says:

    america is aredy doing bad now more mmoney will be need for school oboma is soposed to make thing better not worst oboma can go to h@%%

  8. Georgette Mandarakas says:

    This is a wonderful idea. It is about time that we recognized our failure in the field of education. Our students haved scored consistently less in educational testing in comparison to students from other countries. This is a disgrace to our nation. It is no wonder that the best jobs are either being outsourced, or given to recent immigrants to the U.S.
    It is about time we put our children to work, and had parents assume some responsibility in the education of their children. School is not only football and other sports, after school activities, and socializing. If our children want to succeed in the increasingly technological world of the future, they will have to be more knowledgeable and responsible.

  9. Alex says:

    They are converting the role of the family over to the government. They would further indoctrinate school children the way the government sees “fit”.
    This isn’t freedom. This is government running our kids lives.
    The kids need more family time not less. I learned more from my family than government ever did.

  10. Jon says:

    I think that this idea stinks…..he doesn’t go to school anymore and he doesn’t realize that summer vacation is our way of winding down…..i hate this idea.


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