‘Don’t know much about history’, but if Obama has way, you’re gonna learn!

By Daily Maverick Legacy 28 September 2009

US President Barack Obama says American children spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe. "I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas," the president said. "Not with Malia and Sasha [his daughters], not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom." The president wants schools to add time to classes, stay open later and to let children in on weekends so they have a safe place to go. However, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said: "Our school calendar is based upon the agrarian economy. But not too many of our kids are working the fields today." Fortunately for students school years are a local or state responsibility.

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