January 7, 2013

Some locals support extending school time

PLATTSBURGH — One of the New York Education Reform Commission’s ideas — extending the length of time children attend school — got mixed reviews locally.

Press-Republican Facebook readers were asked what they thought of the recommedation that teaching days and academic years be extended.

Here’s a sampling of the response.

Jim Carley: “I like it.. kids are so behind many other countries in education it’s not funny. I don’t see why kids aren’t going to school year round with more breaks instead of whole summers off. Kids should be in school from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a study hall added as a class and more time between changing of classes. Most teachers won’t go for it because most will want more pay, but, dang, we have to do something to get our kids a better education. And another initiative is let teachers teach their classes, not teach to a state-run testing system, like they do in Florida and a few other states.”

Mike Cassell: “Kids are kids only for a short time...They are too stressed as it is.. New York state schools are going to pot.”

Nancy Arsenault: “Longer school days are often executed so poorly that they do far more harm than good.”

Robert Littlefield: “Well, it depends on the length of the increases. The purpose of school is to mentally prepare the students for their next stage of life, be it college or workforce. I know in both cases, the year is longer and the days are why shouldn’t the kids be prepared for that in advance?”

Scott Henkle: “As long as they compensate the teachers, I think it’s a good idea. But Cuomo and so many governors want to have their cake and eat it too. Hiring freezes, budget cuts, cutting benefits for public employees ... who would pay for this? If this country wants a top education system, it needs to put its money where its mouth is and give real funding for both the operations and research of effective education instead of lip service and budget cuts.”

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