Not so fast entones the governor. She thinks this state needs to go
beyond the 180 days the kids spend in school and inch closer to the 220
they have in Communist China. Japan has the same thing btw.
Ah yes, it is back to school week and the governor and other top
educators think it is also time to restart the debate on how much time
junior spends in the classroom.
We need "more time in seats," demands the governor who wants
lawmakers to tackle this issue after the November election.
Dr. T.C. Wallace, who use to run the Mt. Clemens school system is
also on board. In fact before he took the superintendent's job in the
Capitol City, he administered a 220 day calendar in Macomb County.
"It worked extremely well," he recalls and the "parents loved it."
But it cost more money…a bunch more money about 16% more to tack on
the extra four to six weeks of learning.
The governor did not address that issue when she embraced the
longer school year this week.
As for the opposition to this, besides the students themselves, you
can expect to get an earful from the motel-hotel and recreation bunch.
Remember after years of cajoling, lawmakers finally agreed to keep the
schools closed until after Labor Day so owners could squeeze every last
red cent out of Mom and Dad before the school bells rang.
Imagine what that lobby would say if Johnny and Janey were sitting
in a stuffy classroom in the middle of July. Oh my. Can you say,
"There goes my profit margin?"
Consequently this is by no means a slam dunk.
It might make academic sense to compete with those foreign
countries, but at the end of the debate it could be the dollar bill
that wins out. And if lawmakers get too much grief from the opponents
of the longer school year, you know what that means: China 220.