Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Obama's Education Agenda

Obama gave his first major speech laying out his education agenda today. It appears he has big plans for the nation's children, including better data systems to track students learning, clear and tougher standards (read national standards) and,
Obama also wants kids to spend more time in school, with longer school days, school weeks and school years — a position he admitted will make him less popular with his school-age daughters.

Children in South Korea spend a month longer in school every year than do kids in the U.S., where the antiquated school calendar comes from the days when many people farmed and kids were needed in the fields.

"I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas, not with Malia and Sasha," Obama said as the crowd laughed. "But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom." "If they can do that in South Korea, we can do it right here in the United States of America," Obama said.

Essentially, what Obama has just told every parent in America is that what he thinks is best for his children, and what South Korea thinks is best for their children, is also best for your children.

I'd like to believe that parents would think long and hard before permitting their children to spend more time in school and less time at home but I doubt it. After all, Obama knows best.

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