"Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas," the president said earlier this year. "Not with, 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."
What this really means: Parents you're potentially dangerous; therefore, only the government can keep your kids truly safe. Longer school days and years also increases the the demand for teachers and the hours of indoctrination so children can learn more praise songs to "The One" and how they can serve the needs of the state and has nothing to do with keeping kids safe.
Which brings up the next change under Obama, National Service-Learning:
A teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.This is compulsory voluntary service to promote liberal causes and social justice such as voter mobilization with Operation Rainbow/Push. (I wonder if they'd count voter mobilization toward Sarah Palin as service-learning too?)
The national service-learning campaign kick-off is scheduled for October 5.
I'm all for volunteering when it comes from the heart not a requirement for school. The challenges of a new century may require Obama's daughters to spend more time in the classroom but Obama's choices as the father should not become our mandates as a nation.
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