I at least hope not...Surely you don't believe extending the school day is the only reform he plans to make.
Why extend the school days? What's to be accomplished in a few additional hours a day? If anything, tweak the way the summer break system works, but I promise, kids are stir-crazy enough with the current hours. Those that WANT to learn can achieve academic success just fine going to school for 8 hours a day with a good curriculum and solid teachers. If a parent or a child wants go to tutoring, or classes offered after normal school hours, I think that should be offered and encouraged, but not mandatory. I just don't see how it's necessary... "Other countries are doing it" is not a legitimate reason.We all agree that many educational reforms need to happen in order to catch this country up to global standards--that's not the point here, though.
I want to know why extending the school day specifically is a bad idea?
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).