Longer school days? Oh boy!
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told the Associated Press that he thinks maybe the nation's schools should lengthen their days and school year. Duncan said schoolchildren in foreign countries are going 25 to 30 percent longer than students here. The AP reports that while it is true that students go to school more days in other countries, American students spend more hours overall in school during a year.
I guess we just cram all that learning in to fewer days. But the idea is gaining some momentum, particularly in urban systems. Students there often don't have the same access to programs that will continue their learning during their long summer break. Studies have shown that some city students actually fall behind during their summers while suburban kids gain.
So do parents, teachers and students want more hours in the classroom? More days in the school year? A shorter summer vacation?
I'm guessing I know what students will say, but it would great to get a comment from a student!