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More time in a failed system doesn’t fix the problem.

Just came across this at Yahoo!  President Obama now believes that the reason the United States is falling behind in education is that our children don’t spend enough time in school.  From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON – 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.

“Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas,” the president said earlier this year. “Not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom.”

The president, who has a sixth-grader and a third-grader, wants schools to add time to classes, to stay open late and to let kids in on weekends so they have a safe place to go. …Read the rest of the article.

Unfortunately, spending more time in a failed system is not going to fix the problem. The education in the country is going down the tubes for two main reasons in my opinion. First, the teacher’s union has a strangle hold on the education system. It is very difficult to fire a teacher these days even if the performance is poor. The second reason is that teachers today are being taught how to teacher rather than what to teacher. Now this is not true of all teachers out there as there a many, many good ones. However, the two reasons above are a systemic problem and that is what needs to be fixed rather than more time in the classroom.

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