Thursday, April 9, 2009

Aloha Friday!






An Island Life is hosting Aloha Friday.. I thought it would be fun to participate. All you have to do is answer the question I ask by leaving a comment. Then click over to An Island Life and link up to Aloha Friday with your own question!


My Question:

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said today that schools should be open six days a week, at least 11 months a year, to improve student performance. 

"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; 11, 12 months a year," Duncan said.  
(full story here)

OK My Question is do you agree that our children starting at the age of five should be attending school 6 to 7 days a week for 11 to 12 months out of the year????

My Answer:

NO NO NO and NO!  That's ridiculous!  It's the quality of education that is needed not every waking moment of our children's life.  We would never see our kids!  What does that mean for those who home school? or go to Private schools?  I am against this completely!  

43 comments:

Upstatemomof3 said...

ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!! I would without a doubt start homeschooling my kids if school became 11 months and 6 days a week (or more). No way I am sending my kids to school with that much pressure.

Momstart said...

it is our quality of education and lack of parenting. Parents need to step up and not put all of it on teachers or tv. Europeans learn three languages in their school programs.

Melissa said...

Definitely NO NO NO! My kids would hate me!! And it's really just ridiculous.

A Psych Mommy said...

Gosh, I can't imagine a 6 day work week for myself! (I work in education). Anyhow, I doubt that will even ever happen due to all the budget cuts. They are talking about actually cutting days in our district.

janetfaye said...

I think five days a week is enough.

sues2u2 said...

Nope. Over in Germany the kids started school around 7am & were home by 1:30pm. They did go to year round school however it was still only 5 days a week.

One town over from us has voted to make their school week a 4 day week. It will go into effect this next school year. I think they are adding 1 1/2 hrs to the school day but I'm not certain if they are going year round.

Oh & that education secretary needs to relook @ other countries education systems. He must have several screws loose!

Tena said...

NO way!! That is absurd!!!

East Coast Wahine said...

I agree with you.....we need better quality education not an increase in class time!

simply_unique said...

No HECK NO! They need to start doing more with the time they have them but I do agree with momstart parents have got to step up and work with their children also it's not just the teachers.

I am involved with my kids school and even the PTO president so Trust me I hear it all most of these kids never bring homework back to school and this is in elementary!! Hello I gotta check my kids bags Every day even tho they know that homework better be done,I still want to see they are so young at that age they might really forget they have homework or maybe don't WANT To do it but that is on the parents!

The parents at our school never attend events nothing so what do they except out of their kids when they don't even have a clue what is going on.

Angie said...

I do not agree! Children would have so much to deal with if they had to go to school 6-7 days a week and 11 months of the year, it's just going to exhaust them. They are children, they need their play and home time.

Kari said...

I'm really not sure what the answer is here...I definitely would not want my 6 or 7 yr. old child in school seven days a week. But, I definitely feel like we do need to give our kids more in the way of education (I'm talking about public education). Whether this means more time in school, or just figuring out a way to make more out of the time they are there...it's a tough subject. I do agree that other countries are outperforming us when it comes to education.

Happy Friday!

Brea's Mommy said...

No Way! I want my child to have the opportunity to be a child too! This would make me seriously look into other options besides public schools! Thanks for making me aware I think I have an email to send now!

Jennifer said...

No-- I don't agree with this. At all. =)

Happy Aloha Friday!

Faith said...

Well that's a pretty bad idea .. we can't afford to pay teachers enough for 5 days a week, how the heck would they swing a 6day 11 month school year?

Mighty M said...

No!

Alicia said...

NO WAY! I think it is fine just the way it is. What about the kids that already hate school and then we change it to 6-7 days. They would go crazy! Nope, cant see it.

TheAngelForever said...

As a teacher (now SAHM) and mother this is a horrible idea. If something needs to be lengthened just add an hour on each day, but even that is overkill. They will have a hard time doing this with teacher unions no less religious advocats. Couldn't do Saturday thanks to sabbath for Jewish people and Sunday for others. Not going to work.

Jenna said...

That would be awful! If the public school system would just reevaluate their lessons and teaching methods, it would do more good than forcing children to endure an extra day or two. It would make kids bitter and exhausted to be at school so much more.

Jenn(ifer) said...

Ohwow! I can SEE her point, however; our teachers are WAY underpaid as it is now and our school systems are making such drastic cut backs, I don't think we could DO that even if we wanted to.

I also think that our teachers are having to be parents most of the time and its not fair. There should be more going on at home as well!

I think there are other ways of boosting our children's education besides school 6 days a week.

Kim said...

Until tenure is eliminated and the quality of education improves, increase the time [quantity] a child is in school will have ZERO effect.

My Aloha Friday

Erin @ Closing Time said...

Tara, thanks for stopping by my blog. And thank you for raising this issue!! I am completely against this too, for all of the above reasons!

Many parents are not taking responsibility for teaching their children at home. I just read that if a child does not know their letters, shapes, and colors by the time they start kindergarten, they will remain behind for their entire school career. This means that the children who DO know these things are not challenged because the lessons will have to be brought down to the level of the kids who don't know anything. It is not the kids fault...it is the parents. Even for busy parents, it doesn't take much time to teach a child the basics.

Teachers are already overworked and underpaid. If they go to a 6-day week, the teachers will burn out. We need to pay our teachers better and hold higher standards so that we will get better teachers. Now, I know there are some great teachers out there, and I applaud you! I also know (from a friend who just finished her teaching degree), that they are letting teachers graduate who have no business teaching our kids, simply because they are desperate for more teachers.

Also, think about the amounts of time our kids would be in school, away from us. That is scary. I believe that whoever your kids spend the most time with will have the most influence (whether we like it or not).

I personally homeschool, but realize that is not the best solution for everyone. However, I am concerned that if they start passing laws like this, that it may not be long before our right to homeschool our children is taken away entirely.

Sorry for the lengthy comment, but this issue is close to my heart!

Brandi said...

Being a former teacher, I can say that I can't see any teacher actually going along with it. We need breaks! The kids need breaks!

If they/we want better education for our kids, then we as parents need to step it up, and teach our kids stuff at home (and please don't take it that I am saying you don't...cause I'm not!).

And the government or someone needs to help adults get better educated so they can help their kids at home...not make kids spend every waking minute away from home and away from family values!

I really hope this didn't offend you!

Pami said...

NO NO NO, and miss there summer vacation. kids need to be kids while they can when they grow up they get thrown into the real world and have to deal with this. More kids would hate school and drop out they learn enough with the time they are in school

Tara said...

Brandi, You did not offend me in the least :) Parents do need to step up and take responsibility. If we don't then the government will.

tara said...

ABSOLUTELY NOT! That is ridiculous.

J. Leigh Designz said...

Not. one. bit.

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Toni said...

Absolutely Not!!!! I would home school if that happened

pam said...

Interesting!! Being Canadian, I hadn't heard of this. For what it is worth, I don't agree at all. Our education system, though flawed, has made some great strides in the past few years. Like lowering class sizes in primary grades. I think it has made a big difference. Maybe things of this nature could be looked at, rather that extending hours.

I am Harriet said...

I would have said no until my daughter attended a school that went year- round. It made a huge difference. Kids start in mid-July and have two 3 week plus winter break. There is a lot of research backing it up too.

Eighty MPH Mom said...

Definitely not! We struggle to spend time as a family enough as it is. Besides that, they need a break like everyone else...especially the really little ones. There is more to life than spending THAT much time in school!

Cathy said...

No, I don't think that kids should go to school 6 or 7 days a week...they need a break to be children!

Heather said...

I agree with you, that is way too much! The problem is not how much school kids get, but the quality of the schooling, whether it be because of lack of parent involvment, or a poor teacher/school distract/ciriculum. & days a week 11 months a year leave no time for kids to be kids either. This lady is nuts!

Jinxy said...

No not at all. That is way too much school.

MommyAmy said...

I totally agree with you! I could not imagine my kids starting kindergarten and being seperated from me for that many hours per week! Hasn't it been proven that a child's first and best teacher is their parents? Is seperating them from their parents for so long condusive to learning morality and manners? There is SO MUCH that kids need to learn to become good adults outside of school!

Plus, lots of people go on vacation during the summer, and if you're anything like my mom that meant visiting historical sites, taking nature hikes, going to museums... I honestly can tell you that I always learned a lot doing these types of activities (I often learn by experiences, rather than books) and if I had to be in school 6 days a week for 11 months of the year I don't think we would have gotten to do so much stuff!

Shelley K. said...

I say NO too...and who does this chucklehead think is going to be TEACHING all of these hours?? That's just CRAZY TALK!!

ahappyhippy mom said...

No the concept is just ridiculous! Education in my household is very important but I believe children should have the common right to be a kid. To much responsibility at a young age can lead to an over depressed, stressed, compulsive, and unproductive adult.

I think this would actually backfire and instead of creating a world of leaders we would have a bunch of future slackers.

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Jenny said...

That is insane!

I will refrain from writing the rest of my thoughts on the subject! LOL!

Shannon said...

That is ridiculous! NO, NO, NO!

I'm sure they'd even find a way to charge for it!

Jaime said...

that just seems crazy

Erin said...

HECK NO IT IS NOT COOL!
I would be homeschooling in a new york minute at that point...
if they would stop watching movies and having ridiculously distracting out of control chaos... maybe our kids would learn better!

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique said...

Great questions!!! My kids are now 29 & 30, but I absolutely think that is absurd!! That many days and hours???? No way!! When we lived in San Diego and Monterey, CA, our kids schools were a"year-round" schools - and we loved it!

The Girl Next Door said...

No No nO No No NO No

my kids recently switched to private school where they go to school shorter days, shorter year and BOY are they learning MORE. I agree - it's quality, not quantity.

Do we want to WORK 6 days a week? Goodness no (although 7 days a week is my norm lately. Grrr)

Rita T. said...

To have children attend school that much is preposterous!

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