Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Our new Chicago bred educator... that made Chicago's public schools the "city on a hill" for American education... wants our kids in school 12 or so hours a day... all year long... 7 days a week.

Daily Caller
Education secretary calls for 12-hour school days, longer school years

If Education Secretary Arne Duncan has his way, kids would be spending a lot more time at school — and a three-month summer would be a thing of the past.

Duncan joked with attendees at a luncheon at the National Press Club Tuesday in Washington that he would like schools to stay open 13 months out of the year. Then he told the audience of over 100 that he seriously supports longer school hours.

“In all seriousness, I think schools should be open 12, 13, 14 hours a day, seven days a week, 11-12 months of the year,” Duncan said. “This is not just more of the same. There would be a whole variety of after-school programs. Obviously academics would be at the heart of that. But you top it off with dancing, art, drama, music, yearbook, robotics, activities for older siblings and parents, ESL classes.”

He continued by explaining that the American school calendar is antiquated and must be modified so that American students can compete at the highest levels internationally.

“Most people realize that our current day is based on the agrarian economy, and we don’t have too many kids working out in the fields nowadays,” Duncan said. “Schools in countries that are beating us are going to school 25-30 days more than us. If you practice basketball five times a week, you’re gonna be better than the people who practice three times a week.”....

“As you guys know, our world has changed, our economy has changed,” said Duncan. “The days of telling kids to go home at 2:30 and having mom there with a peanut butter sandwich, those days are gone. Whether it’s a single parent working one, two, three jobs or two parents working, the hours from 3 o’clock to 7 o’clock are a huge anxiety, and that’s why we have to keep our schools open longer.”.....

Since the Public Education system is in such a state of failure according to Mr. Duncan... then that's just what we need... much more of it.

What they are of course after is "State Controlled Kids" with both parents working their tails off to pay the State to raise their kids... excuse me... raise the State's kids... just like the State wants them.

Thanks Mr. Duncan for so clearly stating exactly what we have been saying you progressives have desired all along.

I however, don't think you are going to succeed... you are just showing your hand.

xtnyoda, shalomed

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