Saturday, February 28, 2009

Arne Duncan Wants Longer School Days

Educators worth their salt are dancing in the street. It's a wonder that kids get an education with all the holidays, the short school day, the teacher training days. Kids seem to go to school for about 10 days. An exaggeration but you get the idea.
CNN: Arne Duncan, the Cabinet secretary charged with overhauling America's educational system, is studying programs that keep kids in school longer to boost their academic achievements.

"When I go out and talk about that, that doesn't always make me popular with students. They like the long summers," Duncan said in an interview Wednesday with CNN conducted in the Education Department's library.

But Duncan said American students are "at a competitive disadvantage" because the United States has shorter school years than other countries such as India and China.