For Discussion: President Obama Feels that the Children of America Should go to School

- By Bossip Staff

All the single parents in America will be happy to know that President Obama’s new educational plan for American students could have them ditching summers for longer school years.

President Obama says that American children are at a disadvantage to other children around the globe because they don’t spend as much time in school during the year.  Obama’s new plan is to keep schools open later and on the weekends so that children can have a safe place to go. He states:

“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.”

“Our school calendar is based upon the agrarian economy and not too many of our kids are working the fields today,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

Obama’s new plan was sparked by his desire to give American children the same opportunities and advantages as students across the world who spend more time in school than American children. While it isn’t widely popular amongst many children, especially his two daughters, Obama says it’s necessary for kids to have the extra time in the classroom to be well equipped for the wave of the new century.

Do we agree America?


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  • Angee

    Well I loved my Summer vacation, but this may not be such a bad idea. They do this in some other countries.

  • resurrected

    Parents need to realize right now that there children are behind and all of us as a country are behind and to be able able to get back on track, will require more work… We are very lazy as a nation thinking that there thing is suppose to be giving to us… If not in the summer time then maybe children should start to have Saturday classes as well but I also think that we need better teachers and school system just in general…

  • GGsolovely

    Yes i do & we all should there is no such thing as having to much knowledge & children are like sponges anyhow so why not let them soak up the information they will benefit from later on in life rather than learning how to do the stanky leg : )

  • The Official Mrs. Carter

    I do agree…if they plan to improve the curriculum for ALLLLL children priviledged and non priviledged…if they are going to provide books for class and take home use and really EDUCATE the children. If they plan to prepare them for more than tests but make it so that ALL of OUR children are able to compete with the world in colleges and in the work force…something needs to be done for our future and the future of our children!!!

  • Molly Grinz :)

    HELL YEAH!!! that’ll take care of my daycare bill… and it’s good for them to learn more too…

  • Love it

    Love the ideal!!

  • tb

    He isn’t lying. Education in the US is behind just about every other country, yet the US is suppose to be this big powerhouse.

    Even with healthcare, why does every other country have universal healthcare except the US?

  • Mikado7777777

    Make sure those schools are staffed with respectful, enthusiastic educators who are being paid living wages and believe in educating the youth of tomorrow. If not, it’s just a dumping ground, but I’m glad I’m done!!!

  • me

    That’s wrong

  • !!!!!R.I.P MIKE!!!!!


  • drenk

    @ me

    did u get touched as a kid is that why its wrong?

  • tb

    @ me

    Why is that wrong?

  • CJ

    I wouldn’t be opposed to lengthening the school year but I am opposed to school on saturday. These are kids. If most people work M-F, we can’t expect kids to go to school 6 days. As far as longer hours in the day, I think we should provide more extracurriculars for our students so that they have other outlets in school than just class.

    As far as universal healthcare goes, it isn’t something that is really very feasible in our country. We simply aren’t making enough money to support it. The reason why economists, including myself, dislike Obama’s healthcare plan is simply that it would cost too much. Our GDP (gross domestic product) is lower than our future spending costs, and the plan would leave our country in perpetual amounts of debt. That’s not the way I would like to leave the country to our youth to fix.

  • janet

    Great ideal, that will keep kids off the streets and less killing in the streets. I don’t wanna go to another funeral where a parent or parents have to bury their 13 or 17 year old child


    YES most children and adults can barely read and write so I agree and support his proposition one hundred percent.

  • Lucy

    I am for Saturday classes, longer days, and shorter summers, better teachers(BETTER SALARIES FOR THEM TOO. THEY SHOULD BE PAID TOP DOLLARS just like lawyers and doctors. Some parents also need to do a better job, make them kids cut that tv off and put the x box down get off the couch and go out side and play but dang it you better be in the house before the streetlights come on and I better be able to see you in the window.

  • Caramel Cat

    Although it will never be popular with children right now, it does need to happen. Other countries have been doing this for centuries and their children are far more advanced than ours. I think if this is enforced sooner rather than later, over the years kids will get used to it and summer breaks will be a thing of the past…

  • resurrected

    It not able what they kids want but what they need… If they do not want to make it permanent then should give it like a 10 year trial but something needs to happen… With children having children so young many do not care right now for there children being fully educated because it like having a doll baby and not a baby…

  • resurrected

    Child are learning right now how to make very unstable decisions, they are learning bad habits and there parent are a reflection of bad choices often as well… There are many adults that would also like to further there education as well and they can still be leaders as well… Educate should be open too all people who want to learn..

  • Fk

    @RESURRECTED…..100% agree w/u

  • Divine

    Summer vacation is a very outdated thing. It was created for when folks had to work their crops and needed the kids to help out.
    My mom who is a school teacher had me in school in the summer for 1/2 days in all kinds of enrichment programs. It helped a lot. I was put in advance placement classes when school started. I wasn’t smarter than the rest of the class, I just seemed that way because I was ahead of them.
    I think it would be beneficial to start doing that for all kids. even if the days are shorter.

  • I'm Just Me: KEEPING IT REAL SINCE 1983

    I too loved summer vacation. The experiences I had at camp were very positive for me. But my mother also had foot in azz about education and I worked super hard in those 9 months of the year. With that being said yes, we are a country are far behind other countries in this world. Many children around the world know multiple languages, and are much more well rounded than our children. Our test scores are dropping and overall America is not in the place where it should be as far as innovation, technology. So if it will overall improve America as a whole, I agree with it.

  • I'm Just Me: KEEPING IT REAL SINCE 1983

    I also think parents need to be more involved in schooling their children. We have to be involved. We have to sit their and do the homework, communicate with the teachers and administrators. Be involved in the classroom, find out what is going on. My daughter’s teachers have all my numbers and I call once a week. And I constantly remind them to call me if necessary. I feel more parents need to take an active role in their children’s education. It is not just solely the role of the government, or the teachers.

    After becoming a parent, I totally have more understanding and respect for the phrase: “It takes a village to raise a child.” We all have to work together.

  • Supreme

    Im glad i just graduated from school. This dosent seem like a bad idea though. But umm… since when is school a safe place to send your kids? This will most likely make them angry and provoke them to act out in more wilder behavior.

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