Obama Pushes For Longer School Year, Stricter Teaching Standards for U.S. Education System

President Barack Obama pushed for stricter teaching standards and a longer school year to improve the American education system, Bloomberg News reported, citing Obama's appearance on NBC's "Today Show."

U.S. students are hindered by a school year that's about a month shorter than that of other developed countries, Obama said, adding that states must do a better job getting rid of teachers with low ratings. A longer school year and stricter teaching standards would help the U.S. close the gap with other developed countries in math and science education, Bloomberg News added.

Obama has been pushing the U.S. Education Department's $4.35 billion "Race to the Top" program and wants U.S. schools to hire another 10,000 math, engineering, science and technology teachers over the next couple of years.

Such efforts are part of Obama's goal for the U.S. to have the world's highest rate of college graduates by the end of the decade, according to Bloomberg.

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That would be great! Then teachers would come closer to working a full 12 months like everyone else does. Of course they will complain about having to work almost 11 months out the year. They already work less than 8 hours a day, get all the snow days, Christmas and Spring holidays, etc. I am all for it. It is about time they earn their pay. I would love it if union employees would some day be accountable for their performance and get fired if they weren't doing their jobs, instead of being protected by the union thugs!

October 04 2010 at 11:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
obama fools


September 28 2010 at 10:22 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

School sucks.

September 28 2010 at 7:00 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

More re-distribution of $ from taxpayer to union to the Dem party.

September 28 2010 at 5:50 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

This would mean one month's more pay for teachers (with one month more in union dues) which will adjust retirement befefits upwards based on the higher salary. Each year billions will be borrowed from China to "save teacher jobs" since most local authorities are already strapped for cash. Give average students instruction in how to use a graphing calculater and leave the higher math to those who are talented in and interested in higher math.

September 28 2010 at 3:17 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Gidday Mate!

So much for brainless comments on this issue. The American school system has actually improved markedly over the last few years in comparison with overseas systems. Adding another month will only help improve achievements and is a good investment.

September 28 2010 at 12:56 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
bill griffis

higer standards yes, but longer schools years now who going pay for it, can't afford school taxes as it is. it only be a negective affect on the summer economy

September 27 2010 at 8:42 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

A kid with the IQ of peanut butter cannot be educated. Send the losers home if they can't keep up.

September 27 2010 at 8:26 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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obama fools


September 28 2010 at 10:24 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I am hoping that Obama will ALSO "push" to make certain that student's grades in academic studies will be ONLY grades given for the study of those "academic" areas. No grades should be included on academic report card, which are not specifically earned in the subject area.

September 27 2010 at 8:12 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Another month of school means another month of free babysitting at the taxpayers' expense.

September 27 2010 at 7:43 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply