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Longer School Years: Help or Hindrance?

Classroom calendar alterations receiving federal attention

January 14, 2013

Did your kids moan that winter break was way too short as you got them ready for the first day back in school? They might get their wish of more holiday time off under proposals catching on around......

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Jan-15-13 9:19 AM

a teacher[a good one]once told me that she doesn't give her students homework because she felt that it was her job and not the parent's.if there wasn't so much partying going on in the classrooms these days there would be time to get all the work done in the normal school get rewards in school now for doing what we were expected to do.they'll eventually go into the workforce and expect the same.i'll do nothing unless i am rewarded.well if they all become politicians.

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Jan-15-13 5:27 AM

Lets do a study and pay an outside group thousands of dollars to see what works. Accountability is what is needed...from students, parents, teachers, administration and the government. Throwing more and more money at the problem will not help the problem. Accountability at all levels is what is needed and we all know what the chance of obtaining that chance at all.

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Jan-14-13 6:32 PM

good plan bystander that will prepare them for college...... NOT

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Jan-14-13 1:27 PM

Bystander- Family time-- What is that? Family-what is that? Many kids don't have a known father or mother. All some think of is cell phones, texing, playing elec games, tv etc. Old saying- The more you study, the more you learn, the more you learn, the more you know, the more you forget, the more you forget, the less you know, so why study????

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Jan-14-13 12:38 PM

Elimination of homework to allow more family time should be part of this plan. I don't bring my work home with me. My kids shouldn't either.

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Jan-14-13 12:06 PM

I am almost 60 and they have been discussing this since I was a child. It will never happen. Teachers will never agree to work through the summer or this would have already happened. Nothing will get fixed in the school system until someone starts asking the students/former students what is wrong. We all have stories of the teacher falling asleep, telling students they can skip class but do not get caught, giving the answers to their test,and the famous open book testing. The students have always known who are the good and bad teachers but no one listens.

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Jan-14-13 10:12 AM

I'm surprised to learn that the real reason we send kids to school is so the taxpayers can give them a healthy meal (tic).

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Jan-14-13 8:00 AM

You can have schools open 24/7 365, but it won't matter unless you make the "teachers" accountable for the product they are putting out.

Get rid of the teachers unions if you want to start to improve the education of our children.

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Jan-14-13 7:27 AM

our politicians must have started reading at the age of two and got bored with it.just a guess as to what happened to them.anyhow,as long as they get their 180 instructional days in,who cares?

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Jan-14-13 6:55 AM

Years ago I read a professional journal article regarding teaching early reading to young children. My school experience was that reading & writing began in 1st grade, but it is now part of the curriculum if a child is a 3 year old in preschool.~The summary of the article was something like "we can teach reading to youngsters, but as they age, many do not enjoy reading because it was introduced so early". I would argue that the goal of any education program is to produce a critical thinker that is flexible in the job market. If a person has shut down from too many years of structured learning, he or she is not going to be a motivated self learner as an adult...I don't care how well they did on standardized tests. Regardless, any decision should be made for the student, not day care needs of families, economic factors of hotels, etc. On a personal note, I learned much more WORKING in the summer starting at 14 than I ever did in som

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