To compete with students abroad, U.S. children should be in class at least six days a week and 11 months a year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told Denver students this week. AP reports:
“Go ahead and boo me,” Duncan told about 400 middle and high school students at a public school in northeast Denver. “I fundamentally think that our school day is too short, our school week is too short and our school year is too short.”
“You’re competing for jobs with kids from India and China. I think schools should be open six, seven days a week; eleven, twelve months a year,” he said.
Instead of boos, Duncan’s remark drew an unsurprising response from the teenage assembly: bored stares.
I think disadvantaged students would benefit from a longer school day and year — or from summer programs that keep them learning. But school six or seven days a week? Booooooo.