Longer School Days, School Year Possibly Ahead

school daysAs Americans, we're just so used to kids having summers off, that the idea President Obama put forth last week— that American children should go to school longer, either stay later in the day or into the summer —at first really put a lot of people off.

"I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas, not with Malia and Sasha," the President acknowledged jokingly.


Even moms here on CM are discussing the longer school year issue.

forsythia_18 says that she loved going to an all-year round school. "We still had a summer break and throughout the year we had long, almost three week breaks. It was great! I think people should give it a chance because I think they would end up loving it," she says.

Regardless of how we view this as individuals--many parents are not comfortable with the idea--Obama raises the specter of year long school for a serious reason. Our children are performing at lower and lower levels--and are often outperformed by many other countries in certain subjects.

"Despite resources that are unmatched anywhere in the world, we have let our grades slip, our schools crumble, our teacher quality fall short and other nations outpace us," Obama said. "In eighth-grade math, we've fallen to ninth place. Singapore's middle-schoolers outperform ours 3-to-1. Just a third of our 13- and 14-year-olds can read as well as they should."

Where do you stand? Are you in favor of longer school days/years? Against it? Or still thinking it through?

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