TOTUS wants to cut kids summer break short and extend school hours, calendar..

Is there ANYTHING this Administration will leave alone? Anything? I have had it and we are what 9 months in? Good Grief.

AP:

Obama says American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe.

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.

Gee that would add a lot more government paid jobs union wouldn’t it??

“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.

…Obama and Duncan say kids in the United States need more school because kids in other nations have more school.

And the best part is they just state falsities as the reason.

“Young people in other countries are going to school 25, 30 percent longer than our students here,” Duncan told the AP. “I want to just level the playing field.”

While it is true that kids in many other countries have more school days, it’s not true they all spend more time in school.

Kids in the U.S. spend more hours in school (1,146 instructional hours per year) than do kids in the Asian countries that persistently outscore the U.S. on math and science tests — Singapore (903), Taiwan (1,050), Japan (1,005) and Hong Kong (1,013). That is despite the fact that Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong have longer school years (190 to 201 days) than does the U.S. (180 days).

Obama and Duncan want to make it LITERALLY A NANNY GOVT. They essentially want to give free ie taxpayer paid daycare:

Aside from improving academic performance, Education Secretary Duncan has a vision of schools as the heart of the community. Duncan, who was Chicago’s schools chief, grew up studying alongside poor kids on the city’s South Side as part of the tutoring program his mother still runs.

“Those hours from 3 o’clock to 7 o’clock are times of high anxiety for parents,” Duncan said. “They want their children safe. Families are working one and two and three jobs now to make ends meet and to keep food on the table.”…

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September 27, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Education, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. 1 comment.

YourGeekNews: ‘Surrogates’ Review

By the ever-awesome YourGeekNews:

http://YourGeekNews.com to comment.

Did Bruce Willis and Jonathan Mostow do justice to the critically acclaimed five-part comic written by Robert Venditti? You already know from the trailers that the stakes have gone up from the comic plot: now the operators die as well when the surrogates are fried.

But did that ruin the entire motivation of “Steeplejack”? Or does this change in the plot give a whole new and higher message to Surrogates? Check out our review, it’s Spoiler-free at first and then quite Spoileriffic as we examine Surrogates as a standalone film, and then as an adaptation. ~Matt + Nat

And hit http://aComicbookOrange.com for a great interview with Venditti!

September 27, 2009. Tags: , , , . Art, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, graphic art, Horror, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Suspense. Comments off.

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