The Washington Times - September 27, 2009, 11:11AM


The Associated Press is reporting President Obama is looking to expand the school year.


“Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas,” the president said earlier this year. “Not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom.”

The president, who has a sixth-grader and a third-grader, wants schools to add time to classes, to stay open late and to let kids in on weekends so they have a safe place to go.

“Our school calendar is based upon the agrarian economy and not too many of our kids are working the fields today,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

How about suggesting to teachers that they spend less time teaching their kids songs about you and the politics of “equal pay for equal work” and more about accountability, Mr. President?