Posted by: jackslife | March 11, 2009

Fahrenheit 451 in the good ol’ US of A

Frightening little item from Bill Kaufman on FRP.  President Obama is proposing that we lengthen the school day and get rid of summer vacation.  This is supposed to be to make US students more competitive in the global market.  Kaufman says –

The fire captain in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: “Heredity and environment are funny things…The home environment can undo a lot you try to do at school. That’s why we’ve lowered the kindergarten age year after year until now we’re almost snatching them from the cradle.”

Yikes!  Jason Peters comments –

Puts a body to thinking about year-round schools. We no longer have an agrarian economy, so there’s no need to keep the kids at home in June, July, and August. Solution: keep them even farther from the soil by sending them to school all summer long, because nine months of prison isn’t bad enough.

I just have to wonder how having kids spend more time in a failing institution is really going to help them that much.  If the kids can’t read with the amount of time they spend in school now, I don’t think a few more months a year is going to change anything.

Ultimately this just comes down to the fact that parents have abdocated the responsibility of educating and raising their children, and the government is only too happy to take on the task.

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