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Arne Duncan disillusioned, says American schoolchildren need to be in class more… schools should be open six, seven days a week; eleven, twelve months…

May 4, 2009
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In a sure sign that Obama’s Education Secretary doesn’t know what he’s doing, Arne Duncan is busy embarassing us general Americans by saying that a longer school day is the ticket to American competition with China and India, assuming that what stands today (competition for industrial jobs in China and India) will translate to more competitive children who live their lives in school:

American schoolchildren need to be in class more — six days a week, at least 11 months a year — if they are to compete with students abroad, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Tuesday.

“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…

Good job Duncan, because not even adults work like that, but I am certain that we need to assign our children to a job that not even you would take.  Who works that much as an adult for the US government, outside of President Obama, and his ticket seemed to include Harvard Law.  As a Harvard alum, I can tell you that sending kids to school 7 days a week isn’t part of the entrance requirements.  Oh, but wait, Obama wasn’t educated for the most part here in the States; he was educated abroad.  How are either of these men a good judge of the general American education?

Duncan, where do you propose to get teachers who want to work like that?  Or would you rather the teachers take rotating shifts and only the kids have to work like that?  Obama, please stop Duncan from talking–he only embarrasses you and your beleaguered cabinet picks.  Why would this sort of thing be allowed in public?

Now we put our kids in schools longer, like sweatshops, in order to compete with sweatshop workers and industrial workers with sweatshop conditions in other countries?  Duncan is a naive fool, and he’s spreading his stupidity with abandon.  Another day at school?  What, no kids want to go to school?  Truancy is at an all-time high?  More parents homeschool because they don’t believe in the public policy?  What, more parents won’t hand their kids over to the Feds to raise?  Must be Duncan’s in the mix.  Tell you what, Duncan, when you’re ready to go to school like that, for the next 13 years, get back to me–you might have more credibility then, but for now you get the Asshole Business of the Week Award.

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