Monday, September 28, 2009

School's In

I want to shed a little "lyte" on constituencies. President Obama has a lot of people angry at him. Some folks are comparing him to Hitler. Obama's Presidential campaign made a very strong and successful appeal to America's youth. Now he is in danger of losing that demographic.

Is it because of his proposed healthcare bill? No. His troop build up in Afghanistan. Nope. His obsession with bipartisanship? No, again. President Obama is going to really anger the youth of this country by suggesting we lengthen the school day and the school year.

Needless to say, the kids are definitely not alright with this. But as Education Secretary Arne Duncan pointed out, the traditional school calendar was created when we were "agrarian economy" and now we are not. Only 2% of the population resides on family farms. And in order to compete in a new millennium, it would make sense to no longer follow a calendar set in the last one.

Plus more families are dual income and no one wants kids coming home to an empty house. Extending school hours, opening on weekends, and shortening the length of summer vacation makes sense. To us adults, but to kids? I don't think so. And Obama needs to remember that today's paper carrier is tomorrow's voter. So tread lightly on this one, President Obama, or even your own kids won't vote for you.

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