Teen Ink: Vacation vs. Education

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As we reported a few months ago, President Obama is in favor of having longer school days . Why? Because other countries have made their school days longer and it's had positive effects on students' test scores. This Teen Ink article by a teen from Roslyn, NY, who discusses why the school day should not be made longer and why everyone should agree.

Oh, the misguided, overexcited hand of government falls once again, this time on the overworked, glassy-eyed American high school student, who trudges through the school year, waiting for the moment when the fetid, festering pile of standardized tests that will determine their future can be graded, leaving them two months to recuperate before the year begins once again. A survey that I gave to my fellow classmates shows that 95% of students would prefer to keep the current school year, as opposed to joining Obama's year round plan.

Despite this and other arguments, the fact that Indian and Chinese schools are producing more doctors and scientists than we are, causes us to lose jobs; Obama has recognized this threat to our economy, and has decided that we should have the same sort of education as China and India. He believes that by imposing a 12 month school year, we could catch up in terms of jobs, and stimulate the economy.

Keep reading at TeenInk.com

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