Tuesday, September 29, 2009
smerconish schools obama
Adolescent Sleep Needs
"Adolescence is the time of greatest vulnerability from the standpoint of sleep," - William Dement
despite protests from his adorable poppets, malia and sasha, president obama wants our children in school every waking moment. im sure their protests were riddled with perfunctory civility, however, likely fell short.
smerconish interviewed researcher tom loveless of the brookings institution, who proposes a reasonable approach to our national retardedness by adding minutes to the day; obama proposes adding HOURS to the school day, mandatory attendance on weekends, and summer school classes.
i found the following and highlight some thoughts presented on this topic:
*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.
*Obama and Duncan say kids in the United States need more school because kids in other nations have more school.
*"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."
*Summer is a crucial time for kids, especially poorer kids, because poverty is linked to problems that interfere with learning, such as hunger and less involvement by their parents.
i think this illustrates perfectly the true reasons why obama wants schools open 24/7.
daycare for the poor and disadvantaged, an alternative for potential thuggery, and the possibility that the state will somehow raise brighter, more obedient children than the parents that birthed them.
oh! silly me, i left out another really good reason - the teachers union will be thrilled with a larger paycheck for the all of the extra hours spent babysitting.