This is what Don said.
“President Obama has called for the lengthening of the K-12 school year. He says we’ve fallen behind other nations whose kids are smarter than ours. Don Shelby said opponents of the idea ask, “Who is going to pay the bill?”
We teach our kids about 180 days a year. Kids in countries who spank us in student achievement levels give their kids about a month more schooling.
That month will cost a lot of money. The price of everything is going up. The largest chunk of the state budget is education, and property taxes keep going up to make up for the state’s shortfall.
Then, there is the cynical argument that says, “Why pay more to educate our young when so much of America’s enterprise is being sent overseas?”
Most Americans would send their kids to year-round school, and pay for it, if they were guaranteed their children would be smarter and have a brighter future.
But with 30 percent of American students never graduating, an extra month of not hitting the books doesn’t sound like the whole answer to me.”
What’s your opinion?