Our ever so lame President, not having thrown a bone (or billions) to the Teachers unions for a bit, tossed them one over the weekend.
Obama repeated his support for a longer school year. He did not specify how long that school year should be, however he noted that U.S. students attend classes, on average, about a month less than children in most other advanced countries.
Given this President you always have to figure out how anything he wants to do will help big donors. So I read this as “teachers could get paid for another month of work”. See it’s simple!
But… based on what I see from public schools, and the inefficient way they teach and allocate time, they could teach all year and it wouldn’t help. We’ve wasted trillions on them with no improvements to show for it.
And gosh…. my generation went to school a lot shorter than modern kids, and we had less teachers, and a LOT less money and doggone it… our TEST SCORES WERE THE SAME!
Nope, the school year isn’t the problem. The problem is THE SCHOOLS and the amazingly bad way they are run.
A President not in the hip pocket of the unions might be willing to do something about it. This President, however, isn’t the man for that job, or any job, other than perhaps writing his memoirs (the only thing he has lots of experience at).