posted on Sep, 27 2009 @ 05:41 PM
My take on this:
Link to article
Kids in the U.S. spend more hours in school (1,146 instructional hours per year) than do kids in the Asian countries that persistently outscore the
U.S. on math and science tests — Singapore (903), Taiwan (1,050), Japan (1,005) and Hong Kong (1,013). That is despite the fact that Taiwan, Japan
and Hong Kong have longer school years (190 to 201 days) than does the U.S. (180 days).
Also, the longer school day and the lessening of the summer vacation concerns me. When will children have time to play, time to be kids? So...from
like age six or seven onward up until age 17 or 18, kids will have very, very little time for leisure activities and just being kids, and then they
will be forced into a job or college? To me, this sounds like a recipe for high stress and rebellion. It also sounds a bit like child labor. And
additionally, the more time at school, the less time with parents...true, some parents aren't there for their kids, but what about the parents who do
want to be there?
I don't think this is about increasing our competitive edge with the world. I think it's about more government control.
Parents who can, I would recommend home schooling if this takes place.
One more thing, the Asian countries doing so well on test scores may be due to their diet. A diet based more on grains, vegetables, and fruits, more
low-fat, less dairy, less meat, can enhance mental abilities...I've experienced it myself since becoming vegetarian (I'm a math major now in
college, but in grammar and high school, when I ate the typical American diet, math was more difficult...)