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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Obama to expand school hours and curtail summer vacation

President Obama said American schools should expand their school days in order to stay competitive in a global 21st century. He admitted that the idea will not be popular with his daughters and other American kids.

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.

Other nations have more school

Obama and Duncan say kids in the United States need more school because kids in other nations have more school.

"Young people in other countries are going to school 25, 30 percent longer than our students here," Duncan told the AP. "I want to just level the playing field."

While it is true that kids in many other countries have more school days, it's not true they all spend more time in school.

Kids in the U.S. spend more hours in school (1,146 instructional hours per year) than do kids in the Asian countries that persistently outscore the U.S. on math and science tests — Singapore (903), Taiwan (1,050), Japan (1,005) and Hong Kong (1,013). That is despite the fact that Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong have longer school years (190 to 201 days) than does the U.S. (180 days).

Just like the communist countries do!  Why does Obama feel the need to be like the other countries and to tie America in with them.  We have always been the leading country and he wants to level the playing field?

If left up to Obama we will be run just like the communist countries! 

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