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Obama Continues to Support Year-Round School [Video]

end-summer-vacationIn this morning’s interview with Matt Lauer, President Obama addresses a topic that’s been hotly debated by students and educators alike: ending summer vacation.

Those in favor of ending summer vacation argue that not only will students learn more from having less time off, they would also forget less. Obama continues to support this idea, and he is also in favor of longer school days. Year-round school would particularly benefit low-income students who do not have access to the kinds of extra-curricular enrichment programs that more affluent students are able to attend during the summer.


“I think we should have longer school years. We now have our kids go to school about a month less than most other advanced countries, and that month makes a difference. It means that kids are losing a lot of what they learn during the year during the summer. It’s especially severe for poorer kids who may not be–may not see as many books in the house during the summers, aren’t getting supplemental educational activities. The idea of a longer school year, I think, makes sense. Now, that’s going to cost some money. Here’s an example of where you’ve got a good idea of reform: make sure our kids are in school longer. Well, that means the school is open, you’ve got to pay teachers, custodial staff, etc., but I think that would be money well spent. ”

The interview is part of NBC’s week-long special coverage of education in American, Education Nation.

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9 Responses to “Obama Continues to Support Year-Round School [Video]”

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  3. Nancyb says:

    I think President Obama is right. And one final benefit would be the elimination of “vacation” child care that most working mothers can’t afford to pay.

  4. Jennifer Brisendine says:

    I can’t believe this. There is a much deeper problem than what is being addressed here. We are new to the state of CA. I can’t believe we are being compared to foreign countries in regards to “ending summer vacation” for a better education. Here in CA, right now, my 8th grader goes to school late (10:30-3:02) every first and third Wednesday of the month instead of the regular scheduled day (8:45-3:02). My 3rd grader gets out early every Wednesday at 1:00 (the regular schedule is 8:15-2:40). Feb 22-24 are furlough days (by the way, the 21st is Pres Day and the 25th is a local holiday). My 3rd grader says they still gets the same amount of recesses (more than one) on the short days. WHY? CA can’t afford to have their schools open now during a tradional school year. This makes me sick. How can we discuss keeping school year open year round when we can’t keep the doors open now? The system is broken! The classroom sizes are not appropriate and teachers are doing less. The funds that benefit the schools are not there. I have talked to local citizens who explain to me that there are non-US citizens attending school (I guess it is illegal to ask when a parent is registering the student), which means no tax income from that family. I am for educating every child, but we can’t let the American child suffer due to this flaw in the system. I am pay my taxes for my children and other American children, not those who want to abuse the system.
    I also feel it is a different generation of teachers. More pay, less work seems to be the new workforce attitude. We need to get back to the basics.

  5. Babette says:

    Just Home School – that’s year round.
    Let’s hear some statistics regarding HomeSchool.

  6. PCB says:

    The US school year is shorter than our major economic competitors.
    The President is correct in suggesting a longer school year. Also, I almost always went to summer school.

  7. Joshua Slaybaugh says:

    god what is with this guy, doesn’t he know what he is doing. If we have school year round there will probably be about 50 kids in each school. the average amount of students in school are about 300-400 students per school. I am in 9th grade and I say school should be the same.

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