Money alone can't solve school predicament

Some local educators are calling President Barack Obama's call for a longer school year easier said than done. Full Story
ponce

Highland, CA

#22 Oct 4, 2010
i disagree with 1km Sniper. peru has very lazy people. in our city we wil work harder. because we have serious minds and playful hearts.
Whats it to you

Highland, CA

#23 Oct 4, 2010
I think that this is dumb because the students will hate the teacher so that is why this idea is really stupid. Also because we might worn out the students so that is why if you follow this this is a really bad Idea.
Ceniceros for Schools

Gurnee, IL

#24 Oct 4, 2010
AO Teacher wrote:
So does BO want a longer school year to benefit students, or to provide free daycare for school age children? The Feds need to butt out of education. Time to read and follow the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution!
True
parent

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#25 Oct 4, 2010
Here we go again, More Standards, more More test.. blame the teachers!!! How about, holding the parents accountable when their children don't graduate from school??? How about making the parents pay money to take a class again when their children don't pass a class? This will straighten everything out quickly.
Martha

Palm Desert, CA

#26 Oct 4, 2010
extra time on Saturday or during summer months would deprive illegal mexican children helping their illegal parents a extra pair of hands while picking strawberries or making tamales and menudo to sell out of trunks, shopping carts, parking lots, and swap meets...more time in school would deprive illegal mexican children the right to make money for their families...
tina day

Highland, CA

#27 Oct 4, 2010
i want 2 comment to say hi lolzz
Chan1226

Highland, CA

#28 Oct 4, 2010
I think it's alot of school for kids!!
plur

Highland, CA

#29 Oct 4, 2010
1km Sniper wrote:
I doubt any parent in SB-doo doo can sit down with their kid and help them with their homework. Let us try some Algebra first, then go into US History, then how to hot-wire a car to steal! That's the mentality of the average SB doo doo resident.


whatt thee hell whyy you havee to bagg on sb just cuz you cant live with the thuqz and you are a low life ! itz all about sb all dayy...and it dont mater whos smart or not it matters who wants to take that challange and go the limit! so dont talk you shit! biitch !! sb ganqq banqq!
Jacob

Covina, CA

#30 Oct 4, 2010
Umm, more school days means more available furlough days, doesn't it?
plur

Highland, CA

#31 Oct 4, 2010
1km Sniper wrote:
I doubt any parent in SB-doo doo can sit down with their kid and help them with their homework. Let us try some Algebra first, then go into US History, then how to hot-wire a car to steal! That's the mentality of the average SB doo doo resident.
ohhh and byy thee wayyy iitz not sb doo doo!! okaii we are not all trash likee everyone else mother fukewerrr !1 yhuu knoo whatt hoee iff yhuu were to come down to sb yhu would get shot biotch !!
sb ganqq banqqq!!!
-PlUr 7th st
PLUR

Highland, CA

#32 Oct 4, 2010
IDGAF WHATT PEOPLEE THINqq aboutt SB! WE LIVE THE WAY WE CHOOSEE TO LIVE ! SO HOPP OFF THE NUTT SACKK ANDD GETT SOMEE SWAqq HOEZZ KUZZ WE LIVE THAT NIQQHT LIFEE!!
-PLUR SB- 7TH ST
GOTHAM CITYY BIOTCHHH
WE HAVEE ENOUQH SKOO
BuBhl3z

Highland, CA

#33 Oct 4, 2010
i dont think tht we need more skool dayz i like it with alittle day
AO Teacher

Redlands, CA

#34 Oct 4, 2010
ridiculous wrote:
Adding more days does not fix a broken system. As Einstein said, insantiy is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Therefore, having a white-washed, stripped down version of education (that way it appeal to policy makers and special interest groups) and just testing students (constantly) in lower-level skills and knowledge- and now proposing to add more hours of this practice- is insanity. What we need is deeper learning- depth not bredth, and to model IB style learning and 21st century skills style learning in our classrooms.
I agree, but this is hard to do with our current State Standards. California's standards, especially for Science, are a mile wide and an inch deep. But hey, if we did away with the standards, teachers wouldn't be accountable, right?
AO Teacher

Redlands, CA

#35 Oct 4, 2010
Watch Dog wrote:
Get the Feds completely OUT of public education. Dismantle the Federal Department of Education. Put the power back to the individual states and locals. You want test scores to skyrocket? Put discipline back in the schools. Kids don't need to attend more days! Get the toublemakers out of the public schools--put'em in a lockdown facility where they belong--and the "good" kids will learn without having to add any days! Guaranteed.
Bullseye! Many of the troublemakers can be sent back to their country of origin, rather than putting them in lockdown at taxpayer expense. No child who refuses to learn should be allowed to set foot in a classroom to take away from the education of children who want to learn. Let the malcreants pick strawberries for a season, and ask them again if they are ready to learn!
WE KNOW YOUR TRASH

Montclair, CA

#36 Oct 4, 2010
brown, isn't that what you flush down the toilet ??
flush that moonbeam piece of dog waste
JON

Monterey Park, CA

#37 Oct 4, 2010
The sad thing is most kids are better off at school with teachers than they are at home.Still sucks for the parents who read too and make their kids read at HOME.Parents are your kids first teacher start the focus there with the parents.Make the parents more responsible and watch schools improve
Nuts

Chino, CA

#38 Oct 4, 2010
Martha wrote:
extra time on Saturday or during summer months would deprive illegal mexican children helping their illegal parents a extra pair of hands while picking strawberries or making tamales and menudo to sell out of trunks, shopping carts, parking lots, and swap meets...more time in school would deprive illegal mexican children the right to make money for their families...
Hmmn, if you don't enjoy tamales and menudo...something's really wrong with you! Welcome to California...if you don't like it, time to move to Idaho :)
Teacher

Hamilton, AL

#39 Oct 4, 2010
Doc Holliday wrote:
That will mean the teachers, oops, I mean educators, will have to work longer than 3/4 of a year. I can hear the whining now. More money for this already over-paid occupation. Include merit/pay for performance compensation and weed out the mediocre tenured individuals.
I just would like to state that teachers DID take a pay cut to suffice the 10 day loss in the calendar year. Also, I have not been teaching that long and I had to take a $1200.00 pay cut, not to mention the increase in insurance, loss of life insurance, and loss of dental insurance. I am unsure if you realize how much a teacher's pay is during the first 10 years. Let me share with you, I could make more working a $15.00 an hour job at 40 hours a week for 52 weeks a year with better benefits. I would have never had to go to college and pay back all the student loans I incurred! BUT, I wanted to teach even though the public tries to destroy us. Even with the struggles the education system is having, I continue to work hard for YOUR children. The four day work week has not given teachers an extra day off of work. The five day work week is no vacation either. I work AFTER school hours until nearly 8:00 to finish grading papers, analyzing data, and trying to find better ways to help YOUR kids. How many of you punch the clock and go home and continue YOUR job? I also work weekends planning lessons for the next week. On Mondays, I am continuously updating information for parents, logging grades, and finalizing work. Not to mention, I spend 1/3 of MY money on paper, scissors, glue, crayons, copy paper, construction paper, tape, gifts, pencils, etc for YOUR kids. I DO NOT do it for you to THANK me. I do it because I worry about kids. I want to give kids options for their future. I know how hard it is to work for what you NEED in life...much less want. So before you go BASHING teachers, please remember that MOST of us are working our behinds off ALL THE TIME. Also, for your information, teachers only get paid for school days they work. That is how our pay is configured. Yes, we have other time off; however, I spend my time getting ready for the next year. I mail letters to parents, revamp lesson plans, buy supplies *WITH MY MONEY*, attend meetings, and attend classes. So, please stop bashing teachers. There are people like me that are doing EVERYTHING we can with what we have to help YOUR kids become mature, educated adults. Even though the first teacher is always the parent! How about instead of griping about us, join the PTSA and help be a part of the solution. I don't see people knocking down the doors to have a voice there.
This is not America

Moreno Valley, CA

#40 Oct 4, 2010
The reason more school days work in other countries is because they VALUE education. Why can't our egocentric Federal goverment and entitled students figure this out? I guess it will all "come home" when the future leadership of our country, just like labor, gets outsourced due to apathy.
Some Joe

Rimforest, CA

#41 Oct 4, 2010
I wonder if we will ever realize that we can keep a kid in school 24 hrs a day & 7 days a week, but it wont make any difference until we stop spending every dime we have to educate millions of non English speaking kids and allowing people on welfare too breed children they don't care about, all the while punishing children and parents who actually do care.

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