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

  1. Tyler Zalenski says:

    This is the dumbest idea I have ever heard. stop messing with the school district dude!!!!!

  2. Amy says:

    As a teacher I take offense to the comment that I want more pay for less work. Exactly how am I doing less???? We have larger class sizes and over 850 kids in a k-6 school with No assistant principal. Explain to me how I do less. On early release day I’m collaborating with colleagues and using data to plan how to intervene with the 80% underperforming students. Instead of asking your third grader how his school works why don’t you ask his teacher? Do you realize we are expected to do more with less? Do you pay attention when the schools talk about “budget shortfalls?” We have had the same stale curriculum for more than 10 years! I try and make that same out of date curriculum valid and exciting every year. There is no money to invest in new curriculum. By the way, I don’t just “teach”. That would be a luxury in SOCA. I deal with more social/emotional issues in my room everyday than psychologists. It’s no longer “he hit me” it’s now “I’m afraid to come to school because Eddie said he’s going to bring a knife and stab me.” Or Eddie why didn’t you do your homework last night? “We were out trying to find a place to sleep.” I would love to just teach but that’s not the nature of my job. When a teacher with a masters degree can’t afford to take care of her family of three with just her salary, there’s something wrong. And by the way, I get to school at 7:00 AM and am lucky if I leave before 5:30 PM. I work overtime everyday without pay. Our school days have been shortened because it costs money to run a school. If you want your schools to perform and compete then talk to your state legislators about investing in education, all they seem to care about is cutting our budgets back by millions. -third grade teacher, Oxnard, CA

  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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