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March 10th, 2009
09:50 PM ET

More Time at School?

Is more time needed at school?

In Wednesday's first report, you hear why President Obama is calling for longer school days and school years.  It's a proposal that U.S. states- not the president - would ultimately decide.  But we'd like to know what you think.  Do you agree with President Obama that more time is needed in the classroom?  Or do you think that current school days and school years are fine as they are?  Teachers, we welcome your comments as well!

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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  1. Mark

    No, I do not agree. Some kids can barely survive school as it is. And then the schools would have to pay for the extra hours thru payrolls and material costs. Not a good thing in a recession.

    March 10, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    I think school days for middle school and high school should start later. Although the school days are long enough!! We all need are rest!!
    P.S. You Rock Carl!!!

    March 10, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  3. Chandler

    School is definatly long enough!!

    March 10, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  4. Megan

    School should stay the way it is Carl no doubts about that!

    March 10, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  5. maddy

    longer days and more days is perfect if it goes through im so excited. i love learning also if we get longer days we get more time to hang with friends hehe lol.

    March 10, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  6. Crystal

    Hey Carl,

    I think having about 8 hours of school is enough for everyone! I would like to see Obama to spend the same amount of hours, he wants us to be in school, in the White House working nonstop. I don't think that is fair. Plus, EVERYONE needs at least 8 hours of sleep right?

    March 10, 2009 at 11:20 pm |
  7. Sebastian

    i prefer to have more time in school, because I like to learn new things every day not like some kids.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:11 am |
  8. Rei

    I agree with President Obama because there are a lot of things for students to learn, for example environmental problems, world and US history, a legal structure, foreign languages and so forth. I think these are essential to live in a democratic state as a citizen. However, only extending time of classes doesn't make sense. Teachers should change their style to adjust new education system.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:41 am |
  9. emoshawna

    yes, i think that we need more time at school, but i am a kid who goes to school, and i dont really want it. we really dont have time to learn the essenial things we need to learn.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:51 am |
  10. Xavier

    Yikes! O'bam'a is making one big BAM! I mean I thought he was sensible enough not to make this kind of policy. Now it turns out he is just plain crazy! Hello, more SCHOOL DAYS? That's like you have to eat tires every day of the week! And also EARLY EDUCATIONS? Not that I'm the victim of this policy(and boy I am glad!) but think of those childrens who will have to listen Pythagorian formula as prenatal music...
    I've researched about countries which have a similar points with Obama's proposal. Almost 2% of that country's students die out because of stress, suicide and number of other greasly things.

    I just hope our statemen aren't that willing to bam around.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:55 am |
  11. adrian

    no we do not need longer school days because if we get more time at school that just means we have less time for homework which in the long run will affect our grades!!

    March 11, 2009 at 1:26 am |
  12. Arya

    I personally like school. I can study better if I am in school rathur than when I am at home. And I think some of my friends would agree on longer school hours because then they would have to go to less acadamies and that means less homework. Homeworks from school isn't that much. YES. I agree on longer school hours.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:15 am |
  13. Christina

    Longer school days would accomplish so much. Children would have less time to get involved with drugs and illegal/immoral (by whoever's standards) acts. There was never enough time to finish what we were trying to study and I don't remember how many times we did not make it all the way through the topics that we were told that we were going to discuss that year. With more time a discussion session could be added to the end of classes to make school more interactive and interesting.
    Of course adding hours to elementary would be incredible as long as schools bring back recess and imaginative classes like art, music, and lots of gym classes to go with recess for the little ones. With longer days the kids could have the breaks that they need so that they can sit still better the rest of the time. If teachers didn't have to spend as much energy trying to get kids to sit still because the kids were burning off the pent up energy we could slow this push to medicate all the little boys because so many kids on ADHD meds are NORMAL. Little kids don't sit still well. It is a fact. Give them recess, play-time, and breaks and most will function better and longer days would allow for that. This could also help out parents everywhere if they no longer had to shell out so much money for babysitters or after school programs because they're kids get out of school 2.5 hours before they get out of work. We're still running off of the old system where the school expects mom to be sitting at home with nothing else to do but take care of her kids. (Not knocking those who do. If you have the time and money more power to you, but most simply don't.) Longer school days would help so much.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:17 am |
  14. Annika

    NO!!! no more school hours. I absoutly disagree. 8hours is enough. After all, all you do at school is play with your friends at recess. Some kids acturly think that an academy and home is a place for studing and doze during classes. It would mean more tests too! The school uniform is uncomfterble also. I definitly don't want more time at school.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:42 am |
  15. Annika

    We need to have a rest. Me and almost all of my friends don't like school. We HATE it!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:44 am |
  16. Gwen

    I think that the average school day is fine, although I wouldn't becuase I live in Vienna Austria. I am in an American school so it might be the same as when you are in America, but how will longer school days help the econemy if it makes parents pay more for school.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:09 am |
  17. DAVE

    Do you agree with it Carl? Well we don't need school days to increase. The time given in the classroom is more than enough for everyone. Today the biggest problem is that the school or college is not fun anymore. Like the teachers will give more homework to do or some good projects or research to do. I believe that today there is no life of a student out side of school as he has to do so much of submission each and everyday. On the other hand for some of the students things get piled up because they let. I mean to say is that some don't even do homework on the day it is due, some don't even come to school or even care a little bit. Where you see these type of kids everywhere but college. In this busy generation and this world we don't need anyhting extra.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:37 am |
  18. Meghan

    I can see why President Obama would say that we need more school hours, but we already have it five times a week, and about eight hours per day! I don't think its necessary.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:46 am |
  19. Brendan

    No I don't want more time in school it's all boring any day

    March 11, 2009 at 6:58 am |
  20. Sloan

    Why should Barack Obama give kids more school time?

    March 11, 2009 at 7:06 am |
  21. Mr. Koczot

    Carl – A few things here... A longer school day is fine by me (10 hours would be great), but give the kids off on FRIDAY then....

    This would mean a few things for Student News...

    1. Thursday's would be AWESOME!

    2. You may have to make Student News 15 – 20 minutes long.... which may lead to a longer workday for you?

    Now... How do you feel about that? Take Care

    March 11, 2009 at 7:12 am |
  22. mark

    i THINK THE SCHOOL DAY IS LONG ENOUGH. WE DO NOT NEED ANY MORE TIME IN SCHOOL

    March 11, 2009 at 7:23 am |
  23. caleb

    no i do't think that we need lnger school days/year because i think that they are long enough

    March 11, 2009 at 7:31 am |
  24. gib

    President Obama needs to appoint a "blue ribbon" committee of educators from all levels (do not leave out classroom teachers) to re-construct American education. Only men and women in the trenches truly understand the needs of our childrren. Although well meaning, with no experience as a teacher, it is impossible for him to grasp the attitudes and goals of today's kids.

    Also, as a 37 year social studies instructor, it is not clear to me why the federal government believes that it can mandate change without a constitutional amendment that moves the responsibility to educate from the states to the feds.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:33 am |
  25. Mr. Owen's Class

    When you talk about change, schools are not the fastest in the world. We have had the same time schedule since 1900. I think we have increased the number of things we need to know since then. I think we need to add two more years to the k-12 and make it k-14. I also have no problem with a longer day!

    March 11, 2009 at 7:45 am |
  26. Mrs. Hanson's Class

    We can agree with the longer school day so that we can get more done and gain more knowledge, but the longer school year is something we don't agree with. Our families live all over the country, and we need time to visit them. They're important, too.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:47 am |
  27. Haley

    I know this one probably isn't going to make it to the show...... but I think we should have longer school days, four days a week.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:49 am |
  28. Juny

    Hmm... I believe kids are spending enough time in schools. There are a lot of things that they cannot learn from school. Besides, Students need to have relaxation in order to concentrate on their studies. Maybe they can exercise more or do extra curricular activities in their free time!

    March 11, 2009 at 7:49 am |
  29. Halle

    No, I dont think it's necessary for school days to be longer.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:52 am |
  30. Jalen

    Kids already spend 180 days in school. We don't need any more school time taking away from our childhood.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:52 am |
  31. Christopher

    i dont think we should have school at all

    March 11, 2009 at 7:52 am |
  32. kasandra

    i think longer days would cause many new problems that we really don't need right now and besides kids can only take so much of school.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:53 am |
  33. Lexie

    I think school is just fine as it is. We go to school for 7 hours a day 5 days a week. The free time we do get we enjoy, and shoving more education down our throughts is going to make us more bored with school. I'm for Obama, but the school system has been working successfully. Don't fix something that isn't broke.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:53 am |
  34. Ahnjelica

    I do not agree with President Obama, because if you expand school days, we will not have time to do other things. Such things like basketball and football will be taken away from people's daily routines. I am probably not the only one that has after school activities.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:54 am |
  35. Jordan

    8 hours is long enough for school. Who wants to be in school longer? If school was longer, the teachers would run out of stuff to teach. Besides, this might REALLY cut into summer vacation. Who wants to spend summer vacation in school. We will learn everything we need to when it's time. More school means less time to relax and more homework.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:55 am |
  36. Victoria

    I do not agree with President Obama on having more hours in a school day, and having more school days. We have plenty of school hours, plus the school system would have to pay the teachers for more hours, and the country can't afford that in the recession.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:55 am |
  37. Morgan

    Hey carl, i do not believe that this is a neccesary form of our tax spending money! students that don't get good grades need to go to summer school. The students that pay attention in class and get good grades should not have to go to school more. We should be spending our money on school programs! ?I mean my school can't even afford summer school! That is sad! I understand where he is coming from but well behaved responsible students should not be forced to have more school.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:56 am |
  38. Jonathan

    I learn enough at school as it is. We don't need to spend extra time at school. We need our sleep.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:58 am |
  39. Mike #17

    I think we should keep school like it is because some people still have to do farm work during the summer.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:58 am |
  40. Lizzy

    I think that if it is necessary, I would be ok with longer school days and having extra days of school. I would rather succeed than be lazy and not recieve a good education.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:58 am |
  41. Braunson

    More time in school makes sense. I dont think more days are good because we have other things to do besides school. Tomuch is just, tomuch.....

    March 11, 2009 at 7:59 am |
  42. Shayla

    I think school is long enough as it is. Us students can only take so much until we crack. Plus, most of us have a social life and it doesn't really involve school. Making the school days and year would like kill most of us, I know for sure it would kill me. This proposal is absolutley ridiculous, seriously.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:00 am |
  43. John

    We don't need more hours in schools. Many students wouldn't like more hours. If school started earlier, then students would be sleepier and wouldn't learn as much. If we get out later, then we would have less time for recreation as well. Students also love their precious summer months. Not all that many students will agree with this.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:00 am |
  44. Danni

    i think that school should stay the same amount of time that it is. Because alot of people use the summer to spend time with their families, and to get summer jobs to make some money.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:00 am |
  45. Mrs. Harmon

    A longer day will only be beneficial if it is funded properly. Students today are not the same kind of learner that most schools are currently teaching to. Students need to be taught as digital learners. Most classrooms are extremely unengaging to this type of learner and need to be revamped so that a longer day doesn't add to an already increasing behavior problem.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:00 am |
  46. Austin

    School does not need to be longer! It's already long enough and I think it should be shorter than it is now.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:00 am |
  47. Shwayze

    We do not need longer school days or school years. Theres no sense in changing something we have been doing all of our lives, or all of the historyof the United States!

    March 11, 2009 at 8:01 am |
  48. Cheyenne

    I think that a longer day of school would make kid's hate school even more, because most kid's as it is dont like to go to school! Most of the classes are extremely boring and kids sleep in them. So all they will be doing is wasting the teachers time because nobody pay's attention in class. Or sometimes kid's just drop out because they think school is not useful. I think that if they wanna make a change in schools they should make school shorter or the same time but it starts later since kid's dont wanna wake up at 6a.m every morning. Well, thats my opinion on why a longer day will not benefit students.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:03 am |
  49. Chelsea

    I really do not think we need a longer day at school.We spend enough time at school.We also have other things to do at home like chores and babysitting.A longer day would not help us i accually think it would just make us hate school more.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  50. Dylan

    It wont help if there is any more school because more kids will drop out do to the fact they wont go to school anymore.Plus kids miss out on sports and after school activities or tutoring.I think that instead of having more kids graduate from college there will be less.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  51. Melissa

    A longer day would leave the students tired and it wouldn't be fair to those who want free time or do sports or activities after school. It would just be like a punishment. If we do have a longer school day, then at least give us less days of school. Five days is enough and seven hours is just perfect (Well sometimes).

    March 11, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  52. Raven

    I think that it is ridiculous to even think about adding more time. Because we already get a good enough education right now and we get bored all the time. So and every kid i'm sure is sick of school and we all already have a long enough day. We get up between five and six and we get out at two fourty- five. So i think if you want to change something change dresscode or get out earlier. We are sick and tired and he teachers are too i'm sure of us coming to school tired everymorning. We fall asleep in class even during istep we were really tired. We are sick of falling asleep and not understanding what to do because we are so tired. I think that you should not add more time it is bad already incase you haven't noticed.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  53. Avon'te

    No we do not need anymore hours of school because we already have 7 hours of school, why do we need more?
    If we have any longer days of school I would not go.
    I prefer not to have anymore time at school.
    If we have more time it would be a disaster

    March 11, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  54. Johnissa

    I don't understand why Mr. Barack Obama wants us to have more school when we have 8 hours of it.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:05 am |
  55. Lane

    More time at school would be worthless.The day are long enough.Longer day would be boring and students would not focus as well!

    March 11, 2009 at 8:05 am |
  56. Jonas

    Obama is clearly an idiot if he thinks lengthening the school day will improve performance. Kids will just dread school and will negate his idea of accelerating.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:06 am |
  57. Antonio

    I don't agree because school is already long enough. Also if your in middle school you would have extra classes and extra homework. This wouldn't be good

    March 11, 2009 at 8:07 am |
  58. Cheyenne

    I'm back! Well i asked one of my friends in high school what would he do if they made school days longer and he said that he would drop out. So right there proves a point that there would be no point in making the school day's longer.!

    March 11, 2009 at 8:07 am |
  59. jesse

    I do not agree like mark said school funding is getting low. The teachers are already complaining that they don't get enough funding for the class let alone class materials. So no we shouldn't have more time.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  60. faith

    Obama is trying to do too much. Putting us in school for a longer day would just make it where kids would drown in school work. We need to fix whats wrong. Not put work and stress on our back. how would you like having to go a job you hate.(every day!)

    March 11, 2009 at 8:09 am |
  61. LOLMS

    We dont agree with Barack Obamas idea to legthing school days. Beacuse if he lenghtens school days we will have to pay the teachers more. AND WE WOULD ALL HATE IT!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 8:10 am |
  62. Mrs.St Germains class

    We think that school days should stay the same amount of time or even shorter. school is long enough as it is. We're doing State tests right now and we get alot of homework. every day we are wiped out by state tests.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:16 am |
  63. William

    I do not agree with President Obama. Why should we make the year longer when some kids are already failing some classes? That would make much less time for those kids to go to summer school. Kids need the time off school.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:24 am |
  64. Jaime

    Students go to school for about 8-hours for educational purposes, if the students try their best they get good grades. For the rest who just go to school to have fun or passed are not interested with grades. By adding more hours to school days does not prove that grades or intellectually will improve. This is not including sports, clubs, etc....

    March 11, 2009 at 8:29 am |
  65. Eury

    I don;t care actually,,,,
    If we take come long reccess and time we rest, I think it's OK.
    Cause we can stay with friends longer and learn together.
    But...!!! If we just have to study all day long~ Hmm.. I might have to think about that.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:37 am |
  66. Sarah

    I think kids shouldn't have to go to school for more than what it is now. Kids need a break every once in a while!

    March 11, 2009 at 8:39 am |
  67. Ashley

    I think that the amount of time that we have in school now is plenty. Honestly if we went to school longer and for a longer amount of time each day, that some of the kids would go crazy!

    March 11, 2009 at 8:40 am |
  68. Alecia

    I think that if they make the school days longer, and year longer kids might learn more, but i think that some kids wont like to come, so less might show up.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:40 am |
  69. Sam

    I think school days are long enough. Maybe there could be more of them, but kids have enough to do during the day.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:40 am |
  70. Kristina

    i don't like the longer school days and longer school years we already got to school enough as it is and i don't like by us extending them is going to make us learn better and have a better chance at going to college it just depends on the person and not how something is ran

    March 11, 2009 at 8:40 am |
  71. megen

    If we have more time in school then the people who ahve sports practice or other after school activities wouldnt be ablt to get out till much later. Some practices already go till 6:00 or even later sometimes.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:40 am |
  72. Liz

    I dont think school days need to be longer, because they are already pretty long and hard to sit through all day.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:41 am |
  73. Kaylee

    I don't agree with this idea. I think kids today have enough to do with school, sports, and other activities. Some people already don't have enough time to get things done. I think that longer school days will only complicate things and make students angry.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:41 am |
  74. Garrett

    I don't think more time at school is needed. Most people are doing just fine with the time they are spending at school. Do not make me do anything!

    March 11, 2009 at 8:42 am |
  75. Sarah

    I dont think that we need longer school days because we already have 90 minutes in each class of the day. If the classes are longer then we would learn more and wont need more time during the year.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:42 am |
  76. Kaite

    I think we shouldn't have to go to school longer were already there most of our day.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:42 am |
  77. Korrin

    i dont think we need longer school days, they are long enough. If we have longer school days that leaves little time for sports, family and homework.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:43 am |
  78. Adam

    I have to say no, because I'm more focused on assignments when I'm at my house. And I'm sure the students in Linwood wouldn't want to be trapped in school by ice.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:43 am |
  79. Aubree

    Something needs to be done with the school system. I think that some people are just skating by in school too easily without even learning the useful information. Also, paying the best teachers more than other teachers makes more sense. It's not fair for someone to do their job exceptionally well and get paid the same amount as someone who does a mediocre job teaching.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:43 am |
  80. Laura

    I think it is a good idea to be in school more. You need to have more teachers to have smaller class. Now that is going a little unfair. Children need to have time out side of school to play. We need time to enjoy the summer and winter breaks. If you make the day's longer and in no time the children and teens a like will be unhappy. We need time to play and enjoy the little freedom children.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:50 am |
  81. jake

    I dont agree we get plenty of time to learn. We dont need a longer school days and a longer school year.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:51 am |
  82. Alyssa

    I think that we already have enough time at school. We shouldn't have to go to school for a couple more hours. I already dislike school!! 🙂

    March 11, 2009 at 8:51 am |
  83. Joey

    i agree with Mark. But this Preident (obama) has made us in more debt than bush has in 8years.. and now he want to make school hours longer? Thats pitiful. I say no.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:52 am |
  84. travis

    School hours should not be extended due to the fact some children get home at 7:30 due to parents working, if school was extended it could cause some children to only see their parents for only one hour. Also it would cause the school's to pay more for education and for learning materials and there is hardly not enough money for that. If they had money, they would want to save it because we are in a recession. Most children pay attention during school, why make them stay and pay attention even more? I know this would increase the education of America, but it could still backfire, everything we do has a good side and a bad side.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  85. Anonymous

    longer school will be better because more activitys and sports

    March 11, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  86. John

    No we do not need more time in schools. What about the kids that have good grades? I mean the kids that have good grades dont need the extra school time. I mean if he is trying to teach us not to fail then there is no point, because guess what? That is what Summer school is for.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  87. Tyler

    I think that the longer school days will increase the drop-out rate. I also think that the longer school-days is a little to far because we can learn everything we kneed to know in the normal school-days.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  88. Christian

    I disagree because I can barely stand seven hours of school,and also more kids well drop out of school if they make it longer!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  89. Kristina

    School is looooooooong enough!! But I would like it to be later.... I have to be at school at 7:00! I sure wish it was 9:00... but the good part is we get out at 2:30.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  90. Joyce

    I think that we have enough days at school already. I'm sure that the people who want to come to school don't have anything better to do. It's good that they want to get a good education, but if you have school all year, then you will miss the summer that you could have spent with your friends.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:55 am |
  91. David

    There is no way that I want the kids today to have to go to school longer. That is absolutely ridiculous. America is known for its education not taking over our lives and we are still the most powerful nation. I think that we live our lives to artificially anyway.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:55 am |
  92. Heather

    I am against the longer schooldays because we already have to spend 7-8 hours at school. Highschoolers already dropout because of the stress, the dropout rate is surely going to increase if Obama changes the shool hours!

    March 11, 2009 at 8:55 am |
  93. Molly

    Carl,
    I disagree with President Obama. I think the school day is long enough as is. It's hard enough to stay focused for the 7 almost 8 hours of school each day. I play sports, and it's hard to go to practice or a game, and then find time to do my homework, and if they lengthen the day, then it will be almost impossible to get enough sleep, do all my homework, and maintain good grades.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:55 am |
  94. Sameer

    i think that increasing school time is a bad idea because it is possible that if we learn to much in one day then that can create stress and then you wont pay attention so there was no point in raising school time

    March 11, 2009 at 8:55 am |
  95. Anna

    Its a good thought but, school is already long enough && it would just be wasting money...

    March 11, 2009 at 8:55 am |
  96. Alex

    I think that you should rely on the students because they they can mess around in school but get good grades. So what im trying to say is that its mostly how you study.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:55 am |
  97. Nicole

    We spend atleast 6 hours each day locked up in school all day. We get only a half hour of exersize every day, witch is not enough for one day. Longer school days will wear us out and make us attend less. I think that if we had longer school days more people would most likely drop out. I think that longer school days and years is a bad idea.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:55 am |
  98. Jaleel

    I love Obama but i disagree with making school longer. we already spent 7 out of 12 hours a day at school and i think thats long enough! Plus i need time to play videogames.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  99. Brant

    I don't like President Obama's new idea because school is long enough for everyone, even the teachers. I do like that President Obama is coming up with all these ideas, but some aren't very fair towards us.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  100. amanda

    No No No .....we don't need anymore time in school. The reason is ,is that putting us in school longer now is just going to cause trouble. The reason it's going to cause trouble is because students don't like the how much time is we are in school !
    I'm justt saying it's really not going to make a difference.!

    March 11, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  101. arthur

    No because it cause more people to drop out of school and how can people play after school activeys.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  102. Anastasia

    well i don't think that we really need another hour of school
    i know school is important but people need their sleep
    i sleep 6 hours a day and im pretty tired when i go to school but if Obama gets to have his wish then every kid would be upset
    there would be liss sleep and more angry kids
    Now does Obama really want people and kids to not like him anymore???????
    please, i need my sleep

    March 11, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  103. McQuay

    School time is needed, but is not manditory. Better teachers are more important because they teach us what we should know. Sometimes they don't, so extending days wouldn't help that much.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  104. Anthony

    I think there is no more time needed in school because, since there is a problem with kids dropping out of school it wouldn't help do anything but make even more kids want to quit because of the increased time in the place they do not desire to be.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  105. kaitlyn

    I don't like the fact of longer school days because we would not have sports at the end of the day and that will be a bad thing. It will be bad because people won't be more active and i just think it will be better to stay the way it is at school. In addition i think we have alot of school. So thats why i think we should not have anymore school because we don't have sports.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  106. tj

    why would they add more hours at school if you can't grasp what they are teaching then you should go home and study or be retainaned in the current grade they give us almost 8 hours of instructional time I have to wake up at 6 in the morning and belive me i hate that.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  107. Jesse

    I totally disagree with more time at school. Some people agree because they are intellectual and studious type, but some people are not all like that. Some don’t do anything at all in school which is like running a car wasting fuel for no reason. The only reason why teachers support this idea is because they want more money.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  108. Kayla

    Students should not have any more time in the classes. If studens have longer hours in the class room then it might cause students to drop out at an earlier age! And when the students do that then theteachers would not get paid as much. Then the state would have to spend more money to try to figure to have an education.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  109. Jo Jo

    I don't think that President Obama should have said anything about having longer school days. With him saying something he could have made all of the states think about actually making the school year longer.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  110. Kelsey

    No, I don't think we need more time at school. We already spend eight or nine hours at school. So why should we have to give up the little free time some people have. Plus some kids have after school activities and they can't have any time to themselves. Isn't 180 days and 9/5 a week? A lot of other students say that themselves, we shouldn't have to do this.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  111. CJ

    I don't think that O'Bama should extened school hours. But it may help the amount of teens with no jobs. But then we wouldn't have any time for a job so I agree and disagree at the same time.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:59 am |
  112. Anastasia

    I do not agree one bite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i dont like school already and if i have to stay in school longer i'll go mad!!!!!!!!!!!
    and i really do need my sleep i get mad at my mom everytime she wakes me up and plus if i go to school tired ill probably get mad at everyone see and that won't be good
    anastasia

    March 11, 2009 at 8:59 am |
  113. Damien

    I dont think that O'bama should give us more school time because we do need a break and to think about it we dont need to stay up all night doing homework. Although education is very important.......

    March 11, 2009 at 8:59 am |
  114. ???????

    I disagree with barack on the longer school days. There could be a lot of cosequences to this. The amount of highschooloers or even middle schoolers who drop out of school becase they dont like it will deffinitley go up there will be alot more drop outs because they wont want to go to school this long. Also there will be hardly any time for families to spend time with each other because they will be at school longer. Also students wont have time for sports. I think if they want to make school longer then they should at least start school later like around ten o clock to four or five. Then parents could still work until five and not need a babysitter for two or three hours and kids wouldnt have to get up so early and obama could still add an hour

    March 11, 2009 at 9:00 am |
  115. Kels'

    No, I don’t think we need more time at school. We already spend eight or nine hours at school. So why should we have to give up the little free time some people have. Plus some kids have after school activities and they can’t have any time to themselves. Isn’t 180 days and 9/5 a week enough? A lot of other students say that themselves, we shouldn’t have to do this.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:00 am |
  116. kaesy

    Noooooooo! thats is like my worst nightmare... School is long enough

    March 11, 2009 at 9:01 am |
  117. Tim

    No, I don't like it because if there are longer school days people won't go to school. But longer school years are ok because I know people that go to a year long school and they say that its fun because they go to school for 2 weeks and get 1 week off. He says that the only down fall is that they don't have weekends off.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:03 am |
  118. Cameron

    We don't need anymore time in the school. we get enough education at school as it is, it just depends on how you use that education and if you take it seriously or not. it has nothing to do with the time that we spend.
    p.s. GO CARL!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 9:04 am |
  119. Bleyxen

    I believe that having additional hours and days in the school year will have a great outcome. It'll will definatly help the students that have difficulties in school and students will have more time to learn more subjects. I think that it will be better for everyone!

    March 11, 2009 at 9:09 am |
  120. Ceci

    I don't think that we need more time in school. We already have enough time in school. I think we should have less time in school or at least let us start late that we be a great idea. If you make schools longer the kids won't come to school that often or drop out. Even now kids don't come to school that much. Thats what I think that he should do less hours not more school hours.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:13 am |
  121. Gerson

    Obama is great president, but I think he needs to slow it down. I think that we should not have longer days in school. I think we are O.K the way we are already. There is no reason to be in school more than seven hours. Instead we need a least five hours in school or even start a bit later so we don't have to wake up at six o' clock in the morning (LOL).

    March 11, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  122. Hannah

    I don’t need anymore time at school!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  123. Chris

    I see where Obama is coming from but I will have to disagree with him on longer a school day.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  124. Dakota

    we do not need more schools because we are already doin 7 hours of school.....im having second thoughts about Obama

    March 11, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  125. caitlyn

    I don't think we need anymore time in school. Schools already have too many students missing school per day and if we make school longer then i think more students won't come to school because school is too long.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  126. Darcee=)

    hello? we have enough home work as it is! aren't kids suppose to run and play? not sit in school all day! next thing you know they will want to take are weekends too!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  127. Ally

    I think having school longer is a bad idea.We already have it for about six hours long.That's long enough.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  128. rico

    don'T MAKE SCHOOL LONGER!

    March 11, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  129. Henry

    The more time we learn, more information and knowledge will be inside your head, and you'll be genious to wish your wish. I want to wish my wish. It will swish my stress. And I'll became a billionaire. Also, we can have more free times for the rest of your life. When you graduate your college.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  130. Darcee=)

    thats ok if all the extra time is recess!
    p.s. cows rock and so does cnn student knews!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  131. johnathan

    Schools are to long compared to other day activities. Even though school days are longer classesare to short. an example is math and science classes dont have enough time ot teach the whole days lessons.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  132. Caitlin

    I think that it would be an bad idea to extend the school day because when its longer by the end of the day we will be very annoying to everyone else and the teachers will be pulling their hair out.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  133. Darcee=)

    thats ok if all the extra time is recess!
    p.s. cows rock and so does cnn student knews!!!!!!!!!!! (plz no more hours)

    March 11, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  134. christian

    I think that wouldn't help anyone because its long enough at school, if they did make the school days longer than there wont be any kids going to school.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  135. Cory

    Hey Carl,

    I don't think we should need more time in school because when we would have longer days, there would be more homework, alo if we participate in sports children wouldn't be able to do it so we would fail.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  136. Kreig

    I don't like Obamas idea about the school days being longer. Some people have to get exercise or go some where. Something could go wrong and your not home to be there and get help. We get enough education already of how long the school days are know.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  137. sarah =)

    i personally think President Obama's plan to make school days longer isn't need. kids are already distracted in school and longer days will make kids even more distracted. i believe longer school day arn't needed.
    -sarah

    March 11, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  138. Shaunte'

    I personially think that President Obama's plan to put more school time and days in is wrong! He should not be making test more hard for students, if the test scores are low now they will be lower because of the diffuculty. I want to stop his plan!

    shaunte'

    March 11, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  139. Anonymous

    I think school is importent but we need time off of school. kids need time off because we need time to do homework and time to eat we need good rest. More das at school wont help we need time to viset are family.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  140. Janell

    Making the school day longer doesn't necessarily mean we will learn more, especially for everyone who doesn't even like being here as much as we are now. It all depends on the student and how much we are willing to learn. Also, making tests harder might make students want to try less.

    And how will we determine what teachers are good, and what teachers are bad? Isn't that discriminaiton?

    March 11, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  141. Zach

    I think that school is long enough and plus if we have longer days they would need more paper and would be killing more trees each year.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  142. christian

    NEVER

    March 11, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  143. Michell

    I think having more hours of school is only a waste of time.First of all bacause many students cant even stand the idea of going to school every single day even though its not that much time we spend at school. Students would stop going to school but what Obamma could do is have more hours of school for those who want to progress and for those who need help and want to succeed. Thats what i think about having more hours of school.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  144. Anonymous

    What the majority of the adults don't know is exactly how the students will react. Are they positive some negative reaction won't come out of this? Students are people too – we have our opinons and rights. People underestimate us way too much.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  145. Makae,Tara,Ally

    Absoluley NOT! With the schedule we have,were busy as it is.With homework if we stay in school longer that could doubled.We have school for 8 hours.That's long enough!

    March 11, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  146. Tesla

    As a country who's suffering as a whole in test scores, if more time is needed in the classroom, then so be it. We've got to put forth an effort, and we should support Obama's decision, even if it is a pain, if it will be beneficial for us in the future.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  147. dylan

    No. Obama shouldn't exstend the school day because most of the kids already dislike school as is. Yes we know that it will help us get more,and better education. But there really is no reson for a longer school day. We will learn the same amount.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  148. Audelee

    I think that's wrong cuz we need are sleep but it's bad for our teacher's so $hahahahahahahahahahaha$ The President ROCK'S

    March 11, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  149. Carley

    I dont think It's fair to students that they may have to encounter a longer school day,just doesnt make sense.It's long enough as it is.To me honestly if i stay in school longer,that'll make me work less harder,knowing the school day is far from over.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  150. Dakoda

    Okay so i dont think anyone agrees with this at all. school days are long enough and students learn enough. I dont think that people that got into harvard or yale needed a longer school day. they just studied like they should when they go home. They did their homework lie they were supposed to. I dont think they went to school longer to get where they are now, did they? i mean if Obama wants us all to succed in life then he is wrong. because your fate is decided for you when you're born. we all cant be the smartest people in the world now can we. if we could be i think we wouldve found the cure for cancer already. wouldnt we have? So yeah longer school days are not at all necessary. We do just fine in 8 hour school days. And what about the people who really cant be in one place for me than a long time, or have mental disorders. They are accustom to an 8 hour day. I dont really think they can deal with anything longer. and if my kids are anything like me or their mother then they cant stand being in one place for more than 8 hours. So yeah thats what i think about the Longer school days. its not worth it. because its going to cost more money to run the schools longer and because people cant stand being in one place more than 8 hours.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  151. Alexia

    are you serious?
    longer school days woudnt be in our best interest. i already have to get up at 530 to get ready for school. if anything the day should start later. i think we go to school long enough.
    and people leave school early anyway. yeah, lets make it longer so that kids miss even MORE school.

    what a brilliant government we have.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  152. jeremy

    I feel that the student day is long enough as it is. A longer school day is detrimental to both students and teachers. Student's attention spans are limited enough, as well as the fact that most students are sleep deprived. Adding time to the school day and more days to the school year will put undue stress on already stressed out students. As a teacher, the burnout rate for a teacher is already under five years. The pressure of a longer school day and more school days will lead to tensions in the faculty room and in the classroom!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  153. Makae,Tara,Ally,Victoria

    Absoluley NOT!!! With the schedule we have, were busy as it is. With homework if we stay in school longer that could double. We have school for 8 hours. That's long enoug!!!!!!!! P.S you rock Carl!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  154. Corrie

    Even though 8 hours is already a pretty reasonable amount of time for school, if we onyl added a couple hours, it wouldn't be the end of the world.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  155. Gustavo & Frances

    we think, it should stay the same, because in our case we have jobs and other activities that are already acomodated to an schedule. Also we wouldn't have enough time to spend with our families. Another thing why we disagree, is because teachers don't get use to new schedules and are really boring when the only thing they do is lecture the whole period!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  156. Bob

    No! When everyone was voteing, I wanted Obama to win, but if he's going to make school days longer, i wish Mc Cain was president.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  157. Thaddeus

    Nm school should nt be longer because KIDS WOULD FELL a asleep.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  158. Caitlin

    i don' t think that school days should be extended just because some kids got low test scores. It's not fair to the kids who did their work and got good scores.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  159. Mr. K's Class

    No way. We already have enough to do after school with jobs, friends, and homework. We believe this would lead to more drop outs.

    PS Carl, how about putting this on the show! ! ! ! ! !

    March 11, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  160. Matt

    I think that school should be longer by just a few minutes because some people actually have good grades but some don't

    March 11, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  161. Alex

    I do not believe that we need more time in school, but instead we need to be more innovative with the time that we already have. Making the school days longer would not enhance our learning it would simply make us more exhausted and unfocused in school.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  162. louella :]

    I THINK WE SHOULD NOT HAVE MORE SCHOOL. its already hard enough to keep up with what we have right now for me and I'm sure other people. plus everyone always looks forward to the summer time to hang out with their friends not go to school.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  163. Darrin

    No, I very much dislike school, and I can barely last seven hours. Mr. Obama I don't know about this.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  164. Cheyanne

    I think we have enough time in school. An I think that the school has enough days an that there should not be more time in schools. Obama don't know how tried kids come home today an I think that he should ask some students what they think an more will say that school has enough time in school as it is now!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  165. Hunter

    Iwould hate to have longer school days but maybe thats just because i am a student
    also i think we kind of should have longer days so that our country will advance more medically and technologically

    March 11, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  166. Wowimabeast

    No more school time. Period.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  167. Devin

    then I want more P.E time and more recess time and lunch time and four

    March 11, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  168. Bob

    School is already too long, he should shorten it

    March 11, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  169. shaq

    I really think that Mr. Obama should not add more time to school. we already have to go through seven hours. Do you know how early we get up in the morning?!?!? anyway that is not the point. we are in a recession and we need to save as much money as possible man. Education is importantut you dont need to make school longer just to learn. there are plenty more ways . give em more homework or somethin jeez

    March 11, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  170. matty

    i do not think school should be longer. i waas talking to my cousin that lives in Florida. he said florida was trying to pass a law that says kids go to school 4 times a week for 6 hours a day because of money issues. if people find out about it then everyone will move there. also, if school was longer, we would not be able to play video games as long or do extra curricular activities or sports. longer school=(/) no

    March 11, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  171. Mrs. H's 5th grade class

    Spending extra time in school would just be working on the same stuff so it is no use. It wouldn't be fair to have to sit here all day and kids may lose their focus. 7 hours of school each day already seems to be enough and we wouldn't want more time added on. It would make it harder to do after school activities, like sports, or get homework done. We should also keep the same amount of days off to give us a break. Although, it might be ok if we had more recess and lunch time!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  172. Frances

    You know what? Right know being in school is like death because with the block schedule, and the 80 min classes i get bored!!!!!... i think the days should end at 12 pm and start at 6 am and a least differents classes or teachers, everyday..!!!! because some teachers don't know how to teach!!!
    but anyways i don't care i'm almost done with school...!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  173. Jo

    I'm a Democrat, but I absolutely do not agree with Obama. That is so not happening, kids all around the America should definitely have to vote for this one.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  174. Turner

    What Obama is trying to do is dumb we spend enough time in school as it is we need our sleep we need to work our jobs to make money and we can't do that if Obama makes our days longer

    March 11, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  175. madison and shaina

    i think we dont need more school time because if were passing than we are learning enough so we are fine.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  176. Tom

    I think that It should stay the same we dont need any more school days added its long the way it is right now...I think that it will bring more stress to students and familys. And bring more problems for those that take vacations in June.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  177. Lukas

    i dont agree with president obama, we dont need longer days cause then we wont have much of a summer vacation, his whole educational reform is crap, and kids will have less timed with there parents and working on homework late at night cause the days are longer, and not many students would be showing up to school and then how they learn.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  178. Alex

    I think school day is long enough, making it longer is not gonna help. Mybe they should worry about changing educational system or the way they teach in schools instead of holding students longer in school and hoping that it wil help.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  179. Jolene

    I do not agree with President Obama's idea of longer school days. Its bound to cause more problems with the giving specific teachers more money, and making tests more difficult. Students are not going to like more school, and harder tests.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  180. Jess

    No way! Thats probably the worst idea ever. Already, most high school students have jobs. You go to school all day, then from school straight to work, get off work at about 12, then go home and do homework, then get to sleep about 1 or 130, and a longer school day would make that worst and take away hours of sleep we could have, therfore worsening our actual performance in school. This would encourage more students to drop out, and would hurt all students- its not a good idea.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  181. Kayla

    I don't think we should have to stay in school longer, we already stay in it for a long time and we don't even learn anything!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  182. Ariel

    I like the longer school days because you will be able to have more time to learn many of new thing that will get you ready for the real world.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  183. Rylie

    I don't think school needs to be any longer than it already is. Kids are already overwhelmed with homework and sleep deprived a lot of the time. Also, most kids participate in sports, like me. I play soccer and am a gymnast and have practice everyday of the week and weekend. I have a very little period of time to finish my homework before my activities. If school becomes longer, we might have more homework and less time to finish it. I think longer school days will lead to more tired and stressful students and lower grades and tests scores.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  184. Nate

    I don't think we should have more time at school. If anything we should have less time at school. I'm not joking. Think about it. If we A.K.A the kids, have more time out of school then we might be more awake in class. Or we will have more time to do homework. And most of all we could pay more attention in class because of more sleep. You would most likely not find us passing notes, because we would have more time to talk to our friends at home.
    So think, more time in school to be bored or less time in school so we pay more attention?
    All of my friends agree with me.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  185. Leah

    Obivously, Obama liked school when he was a kid. – _ – I have nothing against school, I do like it, but doesn't Obama realize that longer school days will do more harm than good? Kids will tune out more and learn less, and school already takes up more than half a day. Kids need time to be home with their families too!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  186. Jonathan

    I do and I don't think that it is a good idea. Because it depends on your situation

    March 11, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  187. Tyeisha

    I don't think we should have we should have extended days of school because lots of people do things on the weekends and the holidays are the tims we spend with are family.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  188. Jack

    Merit Pay!! Many kids are just happy to be at school. It's the safe place for them. We don't keep statistics on things like: single parent homes, divorce homes, parents that are addicts or alchoholics, kids that are vergally of physically abused. Most teachers are unaware of these things. The furthest thing from many of their minds taking a test. They just want someone to listen to them.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  189. Devon

    Wow Obama is taking this whole change thing a little too far. It would be awful if we had to stay in school for longer

    March 11, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  190. Marissa

    I don't think we need any more school we have to do stuff after school like homework and FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!

    P.S. no's are winning

    March 11, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  191. Yoshi

    I think that it is a good idea but rather then longer days but more days or satuday have a half day or something. I think this would help with the schooling. By the way I love your Puns Carl!

    March 11, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  192. Big B

    We allready have nine hours and only 25 min. break!!!!! I think that we are lucky to have week breaks like Winter, Summer, and Spring breaks, why should we have to have more?

    March 11, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  193. ??????

    no no no no no no no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  194. Aruodo

    I think we should have a longer school because then we could have a good education and get into a good college. Not to mentoin the fact we could possibly get A LOT of cash. So I have to say I agree with Mr. Pres. Barack Obama.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  195. Connor

    we do not need more school. More time in school then less days. We do not need more school.If we get more school then no home work and less days.I like to learn ,but i do not need more school. I already have anough to do. WE DO NOT NEED MORE SCHOOL!!I REALY DISAGREE!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  196. Adam

    School is long enough. If Obama is going to change the time of school then go ahead. But my opinion is that school is fine right now. And besides teachers shouldn't have to stay later just because Obama is raising time

    March 11, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  197. michael

    i think we need less time at school . but if we need more time we need more gym time

    March 11, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  198. Laci

    No! We DO NOT need more school ! School is long enough I do not think it is a good idea it will make kids mad. Every one in my class does not want more school .We all post blogs. It is no GOOD!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  199. Anna

    I think this whole thing about the school going longer in the day is not cool. We already have plenty of time in school. I think if Obama did this he would really regrat it. More people are going to dislike him for what he is doing. I think is making a lot of mistakes towds or county.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  200. Ivanka

    Children do not need to spend more time in school. 7 and one half hours a day is already plenty of time. I feel like this move, is in response to the many working parents who would definitely benefit from having their children in school longer, therefore, not having to pay for child care.
    The teachers also have families, and put in well over 8 hours a day as it is, at least in our school district, and it would duly unfair on them as well. When will kids have time to be kids???

    March 11, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  201. Mr. McBurrows 6th grade social studies class

    we think school is long enough and the more time you spend at school the more worksheets they give you and paper kills trees !

    March 11, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  202. Lucas

    This is a comment posted by a student so it may seem a little biased but I'm one of the people who will be affected so I think I should get my say. The idea of longer school days is truly beyond absurd, it isn't going to raise test scores it's just going to put a lot of kids in pain. The teachers should have their say as well, they work hard and long hours as is and I doubt that they would like it either. If this plan goes through I'm going on an education strike.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  203. Mikal

    haha. No this is not a good idea at all. Maybe the reason students, test scores are low is that the school day is too long. Kids schedule is too long and maybe that's why.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  204. Joe

    i dont like the idea at all and more school days means less summer and i dont see how kids can do sports and get outside with so mutch school

    March 11, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  205. Jade

    NO!!!! We do not need any more hours. Im so sick of school

    March 11, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  206. Mary

    No because a lot of kids and teachers are stressed out at school so who needs more stress by having longer days?

    March 11, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  207. Egede

    Nobody really loves to go to school, but if it will help me achieve my dreams as an engineer, i think it may be worth it.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  208. Leach

    I don't really care if we do or not! I just want to be with my friends and my teachers!

    March 11, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  209. Ardis

    I don't think we need more time in school. If Obama want to boost our performance then we need better and more advanced learning and studying skill. Or better teachers.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  210. Adrien

    Kids alread have a long enough school day already. We don't need more time for school or homework either.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  211. Dani

    I say no to longer school. will not be going to school longer if he starts it. i will get there at 7:15 and leave at 2:30. it is long enough right now.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  212. Natalie

    I feel as if the school day should not be longer because some if not most students already have a rough time getting up when they do and focusing all day. This is mostly because school starts so early and teens at the high school level age are not meant to get up that early. If the school day were to become longer students would not do as well in school because they would be too tired and worn out. The only way I think the school day should be longer is if there was four day weeks instead of five day weeks.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  213. Mike

    School times are already too long. If the school year is extended and the days extended, I don't know what I would do. His plan would be aimed at students and schools that do poorly, so why can't the students have a tutor that will help them improve instead of keeping students that score proficiently on the tests keeping them later. Students that do well on tests don't get rewarded except for decent grades and college. Don't take away my free time if I'm doing okay in school for something that won't happen for several years. That free time after school is my reward.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  214. nadine

    he has lost his mind! i don't want to stay in school more than 8 hours!i already have to get up at 5 every moring.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  215. Brad

    I think that the day should not be any longer. More time does not mean more productivity. It would become a waste of time after a certain point.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  216. Briana

    i think that no we shouldnt have more days at school.i absolutly love obama but i think he took it to far.if us kids arent learning something now what makes he think we will learn with a extra hour.about and hour of school goes to recess nd lunch so whats bthe point.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  217. BRETT

    I have had enough of school already, the teenage body can form at its peak at a certain part of the day and thats around 9:30am starting at 7:30 is just ridiculous getting up that early.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  218. Jack

    No way, but maybe if we expanded are weekend

    March 11, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  219. Muna

    it depends if we can wake up later but i would rly rly not like staying with my teacher's for a long time

    March 11, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  220. Ryan

    the school i attend is Hempfield High School in Landisville, Pennsylvania and we have one of the longest school days in the state. Having said that i really i don't thin it is necessary to have longer days. Eventually it would put to much of a burden on the students and make them much more exhausted at the end of the day.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  221. Lseantra

    I think we shouldn't have longer school days because the schools would have to provide more lunhces to students. Which is bad for our current economy.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  222. Jesse

    personally, i have seen that the longer the school day/year goes on, the more inattentive students become. as a senior in high school i experience it as much as anyone else, and if there were any more time added to the school day/year, it would drive me insane. i feel it would lead to an increased amount of dropouts in high school, and test grades would drop severely

    March 11, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  223. Diuhllon

    More hours of school? Are you serious! We start classes at 7:15 and leave at 2:30. I'm bout's to roast. We are in a economic crisis go suh dat!

    March 11, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  224. John

    No we do not need anymore time a school, 8 hours is enough already. Obama should be careful about this idea, the teachers probably like this because they will make more money, but for the students it would be unfair and unneccesary because we work hard enough. Please Obama, THINK before making the decision, schools are doing fine, the teachers are paid well, and the students are working hard.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  225. Thierry

    Hey Carl,

    I'm a real supporter of O'Bama, but really, think about our social life Mr. President. If certain kids are getting bad test scores, you can make them stay after school toutering. I'm not a fan of school, but kids need a good education, but my school day is long enough.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  226. Omar

    In my opinion, this is a semi-smart move on Obama's part. He is trying to increase the amount of education we are getting. But I also think that this should not be done, I personally don't go crazy about school. So it should stay the same length, so we can have some time for family and friends.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  227. Shayne

    I think this proposed bill is ridiculous. We already have a seven hr. day why do we need more time. The test scores are fine, why should the students who try suffer because of the students who don't try and bring the test score average down? I think for the teachers there should be a fixed salary. If they are great teachers and their kids test scores show they should be able to make more money for their great job, and for giving their kids the info they need and having it stick with them. I think this bill should just be thrown to the side.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  228. Alyssa

    I think that the school day is long enough, its going to cost more money keeping the schools open longer. The money should be put towards higher education and helping those students who aren't able to go to college, go to college. I understand that the economy needs the future generations to be more experienced and more educated but isn't that what college is for? You gain experience from actually doing the job or career not sitting in a classroom learning about some stuff that you wouldn't even need.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  229. kevin

    i think that longer school days will make people do worse in their classes because we already have to wake up early enough so we will be extra tried and wont be able to pay attetion.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  230. Brett

    I think its a little crazy that Obama is even considering this. Kids already have way too many things to do after school. In this recession some kids may have to work just to help their parents get enough money to make rent. On top of that they have to come home and do schoolwork and try to get the 8 hours of sleep your supposed to get every night sounds almost impossible.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  231. SLG

    We are at school long enough to begi with, about seven and a half hours. On top of that, most of the students here are sleep deprieved, due to studying, working, and families. So by the end of the day, most of the students are ready to jump out of their seats and run out of the building. The teachers, wo are just getting use to an 80 minute period, have had a hard time adjusting, and are in the same condition by the end of the day. So causing us to be here longer will only create tension inside the school building......

    March 11, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  232. L4L Ethics Class with Ms. Richards

    Over the years, we have tried to cram more and more learning into the same amount of time. Thinking that we can increase learning by taking a speeded-up assembly-line approach has weakened our country’s education system. No wonder test scores are down- many students are stressed out and under performing. Ditto for some teachers. Lengthening the school day and the school year could be beneficial if it’s structured in a way that promotes creativity and critical thinking.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  233. Keshia

    I don't really think that it's a good idea to lengthen school days because students tend to tire easily. When you try to force them to do things like that, they end up spending more time at school and less time with their families or finding jobs. But I do agree that America needs to get educated. I think that as a more education impowered country, we will all stand united and be able to understand the situations of our nation. This advancement would be very beneficial to our middle class too and more students would be ready for college.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  234. Mr. McCoy's Class

    The students do not agree with President Obama they are afraid of losing their summer vacations. If we had a longer school year would we have longer or more frequent breaks?

    March 11, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  235. Nicole

    I do not like the idea of more school time, if Obama makes longer school days more kids would drop out, not everyone likes to go to school. and the people that do are crazy.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  236. Anna and Maddie

    School days and years should NOT be longer. Academic classes should be longer and electives should be nonexistent, if anything must be changed. If President Obama feels that the education of US students must increase, there are other ways of doing that than extending the school days and years. Also kids who have D's AND F's should go to summer school. Personally, we would get bored and anoyed if the school day and year were longer and would preform worse than usual.

    Anna and Maddie*

    March 11, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  237. Garfunkel

    I don't think more time a school is going to make it any better unless they make the level of education higher. otherwise it's just a waste of our time, when we could be out working and helping repair this economy. Flamingo's are cool.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  238. Jonathan R

    This is crazy I really can't agree with president Obama

    March 11, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  239. Taylor

    we should not have more school because we already hate school so just putting more school on us will cause more hard ake for students and teachers.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  240. nicole

    i think we shouldnt have extra hours for school because kids need breaks and so do the teachers because we are human we dont work like an oiled machine that can runs for days on end ............

    March 11, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  241. sophie

    hi carl i totally dont argee kids that we should stay at school longer plus what if you are in fifth grade 7 years extra school and kids are bored enough as it is so obama bad decision and thats just messed up whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  242. Simone

    Please, if we need more time in school, blind people need to walk in the street and screech like chimpanzees!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  243. ???????

    I TOTALLY DONT THINK WE NEED MORE HOURS IN SCHOOL OR DAYS?I REALLY DONT THINK THAT WE NEED MORE HARDER TEST EITHER. THE REASON I THINK THAT IS BECAUSE WE NOW THINK THAT SCHOOL IS HARD NOW SO WHY MAKE IT ANY HARDER.PLUS LONGER SCHOOL DAYS WE ARE ALREADY TIRED WHEN WE GET HOME SO WHATS THE POINT.ALSO MORE DAYS I DONT HAVE A PROMBLEM WITH THAT ,BUT WE DO NEED OUR WEEKEND FOR BREAKS.I THINK IF WE COME TO SCHOOL ON SATARDAY AND GET OUT EARLY AND NO Daycare that would be fine.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  244. Erik

    No, we do not need more time or more days in school because that will eliminate time to excercise and do homework

    March 11, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  245. Chandler

    I think longer days are pointless; we go through enough torched already.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  246. Ross

    I don't think that we should have longer hours or more days because some peoplle don't need to, but if kids are having trouble they should get tutored

    March 11, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  247. marcus

    I mean no we shouldnt go to school because its long enough and were the smartest kids in the world already. So If we get smarter some of the countries mite hate us for being smart and start a new wolrd war. ps. teachers are goij to work longer too.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  248. Abby

    I do not think students need a longer school day. A lot of kids do extra curricular and don't have too much time. Also, I think we have enouogh school time and we appreciate our time at home after school.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  249. Grumpy

    no! definatley not! i have almost literally a ton of work to do and a bunch of people that like to involve me with their drama. with all that going its like the last bell is a daily birthday present.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  250. Shaq

    I think that school days are already very long. 8 hours is a long time to sit in a class room and the child brain already finds it hard to focus that long. Working kids harder will only decrease the focus in school.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  251. Jeremy

    I wouldn't hate having longer days but im not for it at all. You can either add hours or days but both is too far.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  252. Peyton

    Kids go to school enough as it is and if we have longer school days then more children would be encouraged to quit. Longer days may also interfere with afterschool activities such as children who take lessons for instruments, people who are in theatre, or others. And personally it would be a complete waste of time.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  253. blank

    No because the school is already a eight hour day and is a great amount anyway so there is no need for extra school hours

    March 11, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  254. Jada

    I think that we already have a long enough time in school already. So what is the point of having a longer time at school? Longer shcool is a waste of ltime. We have a good enough length of school. Besides some people like me have sports to play and we can't find time to have extra time with more homework!

    March 11, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  255. Laura

    I don't think we should have a longer school day. School is already dreadful why would we ever want to make it longer. That would be like a sea of dreadfulness.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  256. Danz

    NOOOOOO! we have enough time at school. Some times kids fall asleep.....we need LESS time at school Mr Obama!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  257. Danz

    Well we obviously don't learn enough at school because they want us to come back 5 days a week! this does not mean i want Longer school days I was just saying........

    March 11, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  258. bryant

    No no no i thunk that 8 hours of school is too long already but to add more time that would be unfair especially for high school kids

    March 11, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  259. Emily

    I know President Obama is just trying to help but, my school already doesn't get out until the 25th. I say no, I can't take anymore learning.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  260. Sarah

    I think that school should stay the same because it will be harder for parents and that it would get everyone off schedule. Some people can't pick there children up that late and work. What's the point of homework if you going to be at school half the time.

    March 11, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  261. Austin

    i don't think he should make longer days or years, that is just stupid.

    March 11, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  262. Isabelle

    I say no to more school hours because it's taking away childrens freedom to go to friends, to ride a bike, to play at the park. Children need a fun childhood, not a childhood full of homework!

    March 11, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  263. B.C.

    I think that school is LONG ENOUGH ALREADY, I don't see how people want it longer, 9 hours???? 400 days???????? NO!!!!!!!1

    March 11, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  264. Mia

    Yes, because school is important and we don't really like it, but it will help us out allot in the future. It will help us go to college and we would have great successes. Just have more recess time.

    March 11, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  265. Ivy

    No way Carl! It's bad enough already having 6 hours a day at school. What about after school programs or family time?

    March 11, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  266. Ana

    No way because Barrack Obama wouldn't like to work twice as hard. Plus we can't be that smart cause if we were we would already have invented flying cars a long time ago or found cures for diseases!! Plus if you get a grade be proud of it even if it's bad or good because you made that grade and you tried!!
    You just got to hope Barrack Obama doesn't make us have longer school days. Always have hope. One more reason we shouldn't have longer school days is because we have to choose our bpaths and nobody else should only you and what you believe and what you shuould do is what you think is right to do!! So just remember you choose and only you. And that includes You Carl Azuz!! P.S. CNN you rock and keep on rocking on and on and on!!! Peace out, bye, bye- bye and have a great day.:.)

    March 11, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  267. Karen

    Barrack Obamma is totally wrong because he just wants us to be smarter. We choose not him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  268. Josh

    No!!!!...School is long enough as it is, and if they did raise the amount of hours that we go to school we would never be able to do anything at home and that would be something that would hurt us kids because we would not be able to do what we want during are free time because of homework!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  269. Kayla

    We already have limited time away from school so why should we have longer school days!!!! When I say limited I mean only weekends and half the summer!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  270. Elizabeth

    I don't think that we need a longer school year or school day. The kids that are having trouble in class would just do worse.

    March 11, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  271. Ruben

    You know what? Right know being in school is like death because with the block schedule, and the 80 min classes i get bored!!!!!… i think the days should end at 12 pm and start at 6 am and a least differents classes or teachers, everyday..!!!! because some teachers don’t know how to teach!!!
    but anyways i don’t care i’m almost done with school…!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  272. Kateland

    Carl –
    I disagree with President Obama, I think the school schedule is fine the way it is. I love going to school, however; there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in a day. I take drama classes and I don't get home until 7:00. So by the time I get home, eat dinner and get settled, I still have a lot of homework to do. I study and read in my spare time (which is slim) but it happens occasionally. Plus if you extend the school year it would mess up our tourism on the Outer Banks. People wouldn't be able to stay for the summer and rent houses. The lack of income would continue to hurt our economy!!! Now do we really want that?
    – Kateland

    March 11, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  273. Karisa

    I don't think that we should have longer school days because we would be too tired to do anything. By last hour we would be tired of being at school all day then I would just want to go home. But when I get home I would have to eat then go to sleep and that's not how I want to spend my day.

    March 11, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  274. Makayla

    I disagree with President Obama because I believe that school days already are long enough. If students are in school to long then I think that we would get on our parents nerves by knowing so much. I think that more school days would cut out our summer and would make children really mad.

    March 11, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  275. L*OG@N

    I personally think that the school days and and hours are fine the length they are. If they were longer kids would have less time to do HW, chores and other things before they have to go to bed for school the next day. Also if we had school for more days such as on Saturday's and Sunday's then that would lead into religion like not being able to go to church and it would also make it so families were spending less time together and not being a family.

    March 11, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  276. parker

    school longer ? what is he thinking ??? ! we already spend a lot of out time in school. And more time away form home and doing things you want to do. Kids need to be outside and not coped up in a class room. What is he thinking??????????? I want him to know that!

    March 11, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  277. Jessica

    I completely disagree with Barrack Obama, I think that the school days are long enough already. If we go to school for longer days we will have to stay up later than usual because we will have homework to do. I think that this will have more kids sleeping in school because of lack of sleep. I also think that it takes away from family time.

    March 11, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  278. Rachel

    School days are long enough as is and we do NOT need to be here any longer! yeah every kid will say the same thing but seriously come on! We spend ALL of our day here so when we actually do get the little bit of time to just relax and go home we deserve it. Us kids need a life too!

    March 11, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  279. kalla

    i do not agree with obama about more school and parents don't like dilling with school either

    March 11, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  280. Ana & Angelica

    No way because Barack Obama wouldn't like to work twice as hard now would he!!! We can't be that smart because if we were we wuold alredy inveted cures for diseases and invented flying cars a long long time ago!! Maybe someday we'll invent cures and flying cars but we have to take time because if we do it to fast we will have to start all over!! So Barrack Obama is biting off more than he can choose!! Peace out, Bye, and we have to choose our own path not Barrack Obama or nobody else and wejust got to have hope that Barrack Obama dosen't make our scholl days longer!! We have to choose in waht we believe!! P.S. that incudes you Carl Azuz.

    March 11, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  281. Mr. K's World History Class

    More pressure with more school – we need a life after school with friends, family, and jobs. School is long enough! ! ! ! ! !

    PS Carl: we really love the jokes at the end of the reports. We look forward to them everyday and they "raise our spirit." 🙂

    March 11, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  282. Jakob

    There is no way Obama is going to make us have more school time. How on earth is that supposed to help the economy!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  283. Megan

    My Teacher Miss, Battle Could Make The Money With Out Extra Long School Days Cuz We All Have Things To Do Including Teachers And Volunteering Them For Somthing They Didnt Sign Up For Is Rong If Any Thing The Goverment Should Take onger Years In Office And They Probibly Wouldent Like That So Dont Volunteer For Us We Can Speek For Our Self If We Wanted To Have Longer School Days We Would Have Already Done It. Thanx carl

    March 11, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  284. Mrs T

    As a teacher, I can see the need to extend the school year or possibly change it to a standard that some districts have; 9 weeks on 2 weeks off, 9 weeks on, 2 weeks off. That way the need to spend up to 4 weeks reviewing in September would not be necessary. You would get the same amount of days off, they would just not be clumpted together. As to the lengthened day, it would only be good if it is a research backed decision.

    March 11, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  285. Ladiesman96

    Less time at shool! Kids need freedom and alone time. more school means grouchier kids and that means angry children.

    March 11, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  286. Emily

    I strongly disagree with Obama. Its not that we need longer days and years, we need better cirriculum. The stuff they are teaching us isnt at all necessary for the real world. If it actually counted in life I know that I would study harder(because you know I already do). But extending the hours and days isnt going to help because the teachers are just going to make the lessions extend they arent going to teach us anything new. So maybe we might watch some more movies, and how is that going to make us better. Because you know the tv is the devil. So in conclusion its compeletly POINTLESS!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  287. Carl

    Sometimes I think we should have more time at school. sometimes I dont

    March 11, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  288. Eduardo

    I think school is so boring because it is not fun

    March 11, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  289. Susanna

    I have no complaints. I find it refreshing he finds education an important and powerful thing. Before you damper my argument with how "unfair" adding hours is, hear my side of the story first. With my peers, who attend school with the only intentions to chat with friends, I find they take their right of an education for granted. I detest seeing my peers sitting there brainlessly spacing out, sleeping, and texting while their teachers put so much effort into a lesson. It really is no wonder why (the majority of) America's television shows depict a culture of uneducated individuals. This affects me directly, seeing students leave for school thinking they are wasting a day and wasting sleep. Some will argue the students don't require these additional hours. I dare to you to prove this. Prove to me you aren't my peers. My peers, who rather attend school to ask what people are doing on Fridays. My peers, who believe that education isn't nessisary because somehow they will become a celebrity and be rich. My peers, who walk through the halls just so they can eventually get home and sit before their gaming systems. There is but a sad minority left who value education, and thus a sad minority will agree this is necessary.

    March 11, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  290. Stafford

    I don't think that more school is needed. The more you pay attention, the more you get out of it. The amount of days already instated are enough to get the job done.

    March 11, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  291. Mr. Macleod

    I am a high school English and journalism teacher in Idaho. Teachers do not make much money, so if the president wants to make the school day longer, and have more of them, he better be willing to pay us more money. Teacher salaries should be increased to match the increased demand on our time.

    Mr. Macleod
    Rimrock Jr.Sr High School
    Grand View, Idaho

    March 11, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  292. Joseph

    No way Jose, if Obama does do that, that would mean less free time for the students, AND the teachers wouldn't be able to spend as much time with their families, plus, some students might not even go to school at all because they wouldn't want to spend that much time in a stuffy classroom. Obama shouldn't make us go all Japanese all of a sudden

    March 11, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  293. ivy

    i think they should add two hours a day so we can skip Friday.

    March 11, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  294. KC

    The school year is too long but I am not worried about it because I am graduating this year.

    March 11, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  295. gaby

    im a student in high school, and i get enough of being in boring class all day. Making it longer i think will make kids not want to go to school or just ditch classes. I think President Obama should think this over before he gets to caught up with kids staying in class longer.

    March 11, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  296. Ms. Fischer's 3rd Grade Class

    We believe that the school day should not be extended for many reasons. Most importantly, there are activities that go on after school that help us become more well-rounded students. As long as children are staying active after school and getting their exercise, then school should end at the same time. Since most students have homework and activities after school, teachers should eliminate homework if the school day is extended.
    We hope that president Obama thinks about this decision and makes a wise choice.

    March 11, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  297. Kerby

    I think that it would be a good idea to add more time, but it is also taking a risk that more students would drop out because they are bored. I think it might help with students failing, but it might jsut make it worse....

    March 11, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  298. Sage

    I would say it depends how many hours we mean. Also, when school starts. I wouldn't mind if school started and ended later.
    I would have to know have many hours you mean and how that would change the schedule and/or length of our classes.
    I wouldn't really mind though, if it wasn't that many extra hours, because I would get to hang out with my friends more.

    March 11, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  299. BailleyN.

    I for one realy don't care if school is longer. That meens i get to see my friends longer and get a better education while there.Just as long as it doesn't take Saturdays and Sundays.

    March 11, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  300. Josh from Iowa

    I think making school longer would be a bad idea because half the reason that education is low is because of drop outs who think school is too hard and feel they cant make it, making school longer would make it harder and make them drop out faster and make others drop out as well. Many people already work themselves like crazy just trying to make it to college, if school is longer our attention span will be shorter.

    March 11, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  301. jon

    NO WAY!!! I think there is enough time in school already and we are yes we are already locked in school long enough.

    March 11, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  302. Anonymous

    there is ALOT!!! of school all READY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  303. Ryan

    If we have longer school days and more school days kids are just going to get sick of school and just give up! So I think if we at least keep it at what it is now kids will do fine.

    March 11, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  304. Grey

    no, NO, no, never, no, negative, impossible, no, omg, no...

    March 11, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  305. Sierra

    I think we shouldn't have longer school days. Even if they give us longer school days and longer school years that won't change our education in school.

    March 11, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  306. Makalynn

    No! Keeping students in school longer will just make them hate learning even more. We get anxious enough with our scheduals now let alone all year round. Cramming education down our throats won't help anything.

    March 11, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  307. Molly

    It would cost more money for schools to have to heat and coll the building for longer hours and longer days. Just because school is longer doesn't mean it would be better or people would learn more. If someone had a bad teacher they would only get more time with that bad teacher. That doesn't help anyone.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  308. Brandon

    I don't think we should because some kids parents aren't together and that means that some children won't get to see there parent and besides kids need a break.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  309. Derek

    i think school is alread long enough, give the kids a break for once

    March 11, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  310. Felicia

    I'm homeschooled and I do the same amount of schoolwork in less time because I'm not goinig from class to class. Also, I get high grades because I study hard for my tests. What Obama really needs to do is get the schools to encourage hard work, diligence, and good principals. If the school did that, America wouldn't have so many high school dropouts. I think the reason our country's education standards have dropped so low is because our country doesn't encourage kids to believe in something worth while. Also if kids believed in themselves they would reach for the stars.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  311. Luis

    We should not have a longer school year because my brain would be fried.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  312. Madalyn

    I dont think that we should have to go to school longer! I think that the students need a break from all the things happening..and the STUDENTS should get to vote on this! if we end up going longer i might just go homeschooled..!

    March 11, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  313. funny girl

    I think its just cruel for obama to add more school days. its bad that we have school all ready.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  314. Riley

    If we had a longer school year, summer time would be shorter, we would have less time to be active, and we would be less social and more fat.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  315. ????????

    Are you serious?! We don't need to have a longer school year or a longer school day! President Obama does not need to add more days to the school year or a longer day to school.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  316. Haven

    I think that school is long enough. Most students want to get out of school. I think our day is long enough and that we learn all the things that we need to in the right amount of time.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  317. Cody

    I think it is wrong to go to school. Period. Reading sucks. I cnat spelt anewaz.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  318. Jesse

    No, kids don't like school already.If they add more time to school school kids won't have time to do their homework at home,and anyway if Obama accomlish's this,I will beg my parents to be home schooled.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  319. Amber

    Oh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No This is so stupid of corse I'm a student so I don't want more school time. Even though adults may disagree.
    Give kids more school hours and making a longer school year is crazy. Kids have summer time to enjoy going to the beach, pool, and waterslides. A longer school year is the worst idea President Obama could come up with. RETHINK the idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  320. charlotte

    well, when i was sitting in my classroom today, and we were watching ur show, and when obama said that he wanted longer school days, the classroom when crazy!!! everyone was yelling at him, saying where is mcCain when u need him, and all this other stuff. so, im sure u know what im going to say. i think we shouldnt because we ahve a lot of after school activities and then we still have homework to do, there is not enough hours in the day to do all of that. we need to consintrate on school, but getting out on the field and playing sports are alos important, so they balence out. there for, in we add mroe school hours, then that is just going to mess with everything. people will have lower grades b/c they didnt have enough time to do homework, and they have to be in bed at a certain time. some people get up at 5:30 to got to school, so u cant add hours in the moring!! we r fine the way we r right now. perfect amount of hours

    March 11, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  321. Dylan & Logan

    I think it is not right that we have to stay in school longer.
    Kids need to be out side playing because we have lots of
    obese kids that why we do not need to be in school longer.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  322. Melanie

    If the school day is made longer then there will be longer classes and more homework; we don't want more homework!

    March 11, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  323. Shaun

    I agree with more pay for teachers, but the longer hours is not on my list. I think that the longer the day is the worse the attendance will be. Good luck with this one Obama.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  324. Ruth

    No Way!!!!!!!!! if you make school days longer there is a strong possibility that more kids will drop out.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  325. McKenzie

    I think that the testing should not be made harder because some kids already have a hard time. I think that lower achieving schools need the money more than the higher achieving ones.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  326. Jim

    I think that maybe this will help us compete with other schools around the world, and I'm still against it.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  327. KAYLE/KAT

    i agree my teacher mr kozcot should make more cash BUT i wont less school days 2nd core rules PS ur NOT funny GO MIKANE PLAN

    March 11, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  328. Breanna

    if you make the days longer, this is what you'll get, "Would you like some fries with that?"

    March 11, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  329. AJ

    I f you make the school day longer = less kids, lower grades, tired students, etc...

    March 11, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  330. Utau

    COSA?! (That means: WHAT?! in Italian) I think it's a bad idea! School is long enough, and with all the homework we get...that would add MORE work!! And what about High School kids? Some of them have jobs and can't spend extra time in school, school is already hard enough and long enough anyway...NO MORE!!

    March 11, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  331. Pauline

    This talk is just pure crazy a longer school year will make it harder for kids to learn.Most of us don't have a say, but this time we should be able to say something.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  332. Melvin

    If you make school days longer, you will have lower test scores because kids will be tired and care less. Also what about extra-curriculars?

    March 11, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  333. Mr. N's Class

    We definitely all DO NOT want more school. If you look at it, schools would have to use more energy to keep the school heated and have electricity, and energy costs the schools money. But Mr. N is going to vote yes because he's retiring next year and he says while we are in school more, it will make him feel "Good Inside"

    March 11, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  334. Lauren

    If you make the school hours longer most kids will not be able to do after school activities and grades would probably drop.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  335. Ben

    I think that there should be more school and I also think there should'nt be more also.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  336. Sam

    NOOOOOOO

    I dont like school.

    P.S. You are cool Carl!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  337. "dolphins"

    Our class feels that our day is long enough as it is. If the school day was lengthened that would cause a number of issues. Children that already have a difficult time focusing for 55 minutes in one class would be exhausted by the end of a longer class period. It would cause more stress for that child, the other students and the teacher as well. A longer day would take away from evening family time and extra-curricular activities for students. From a teacher's perspective, a longer day at school would leave less time for our own families and the work that we already do outside of our work day.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  338. Adrienne

    I think the school days are fine were they are. If Obama does increase the school days then the US will see a definite increase in the Drop-Out Rate. The US is already one of the Stupidest Countries in the world, do we really want to be know as THE Stupidest Country in the world?

    March 11, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  339. kayle/kat

    WE kids mite start a mob of 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, kids oboma better runing PS HOW DO HIS KIDS FELL ABOUT THIS THATS THE QUESTION

    March 11, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  340. Josie

    i dont think we need more time in school, we are already learning what we need to know, making days longer would be pointless

    March 11, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  341. George

    I disagree. We learn enough in 8 hours? How does making school longer make us learn more? Kids would be bored and half asleep.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  342. Brooke

    NO..... They should not make school days long let alone having the school year longer.... That is just torture! I think that we should have 4 day weeks and that can help with money needed for schools. Maybe an hour longer would be okay...

    March 11, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  343. brie

    OBAMA is like a dictator! Wat was America thinking letting him into the oval office? he should focus more on the economy if anything.not school stuff. if it has to be thats way he should do it later not now. hes only making it worse. hes gonna make the recession last longer!

    March 11, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  344. Brooke

    NO..... School is 7 to 8 hours long already and if school becomes any longer, that could lead to more drop outs because some students have a hard enough time with school..

    March 11, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  345. Danielle

    I can't belive there makeing school days longer kids will just get so bored that they will not want to goschool

    March 11, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  346. Kyle

    I do not agree with the longer school day/year. School is longer enough. to go to school for 6 hours and then go home and have 4 or 5 hours of homework is rediculous. Extending the school day wont really do much more for us. It will only create less time to do homework. Its bad enough that some kids dont learn anything sitting through an hour and a half class, and extending it wont help in the long run. I also think the drop out rate could increase majorly if this happens. If the school year gets any longer we wont have enough time to relax and chill before the next school. If this gets passed, sooner or later we will all probably be going to school year round, 6 days a week.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  347. Sarah :)

    adding more time won't help anything. Kids in public schools hate it already, adding more hours will just take away their time to be with friends and family. We should make school more difficult with the hours we already have, not increase the hours. it's completely pointless

    March 11, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  348. BOBBY

    NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! I WOULD FALL ASLEEP DURING CLASS(!!) and I think it is very unfair.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  349. Bryson

    Why would kids want more hours at school? We barely last 6 1/2 hours. How can we last longer besides what is the point other than making kids mad at the government, aren't they supposed to be on our side?

    March 11, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  350. Elizabeth and Casey

    Are you serious?! That is like messed up. There is no way that should happen and we hope it doesn't. It would probably lead to more dropouts anyway. But don't we have enough to do after school anyway? Ugh!

    P.S. We would love you even more, Carl, if you put this on your show! =) ♥♥♥

    March 11, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  351. Tiffany

    NO!! I do not think there should be more days or hours at school. But you have to think about it,we need some more time to learn just not that much.Anyone who thinks that is CRAZY!!! We already have enough presure on our hands as it is.

    March 11, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  352. austin

    i dont think we need more time at school cause i think we do just fine with the length were in school now

    March 11, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  353. Hannah

    I don't think we need more school time. We already have enough hours in school and away from our home. Haven't they ever heard of free time?

    March 11, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  354. Bryce

    WHAT THE HECK! i THINK THAT KIDS SHOULD NOT HAVE LONGER SCHOOL DAYS ! OUR EDUCATION IS FINE ECXEPT FOR KIDS WHO DO NOT GET EDUCATION SHOULD!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  355. Bryce

    I'M MAD AS HECK!!!! THIS MY SECOND COMMENT BUT WE DON'T NEED ANYMORE SCHOOL DAYS! DON'T WE GET ENOUGH ALREADY!?!?!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  356. mirbella (pronounced mirbaya)

    longer school days??!! thats way more worse than my social studies teacher trying to pronounce my name right

    March 11, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  357. alena

    yes, because we would get more smarter and a better changes of going to a pretty good collage.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  358. Jamie and Alyssa

    Are you crazy! Why would anyone want longer school days? I believe that having longer days would just cause more drop outs and more people falling asleep in class. ( p.s. Carl, you have great dance moves!)

    March 11, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  359. Nikki

    I know this applies to me but about the time spring break starts rolling around I'm getting sick of school and My A's start turning into B's and my B's to C's. Too much of anything is never a good thing. We already spend a ton of time in school and we don't need any more. Plus more school time costs a lot more money, and that will just make our economy worse. Since Obama became president he has spent over 2 trillion dollars and look where we still are. This is just one more thing that is unnecesary and will send us deeper into debt.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  360. Nancy

    i think it will be a good idea, but if we do it i think lunch should come sooner.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  361. Bob

    What!? More school!?

    March 11, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  362. Taylor and Makenzie

    Staying later after school is rediculous we have anough school time already doesn't anybody agree!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  363. Anonymous

    No!
    they shouldn't cause we already have enough of the day with the annoying guys and girls, but for the education they should, xD
    It would help us, 🙂

    March 11, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  364. Dominik

    MORE TIME?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! NO way!!!!!!! School is already annoying enough. I don't need more time. I'm very, very, very, very against Obama, even though I'm a democrat.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  365. paige

    No!
    they shouldn't cause we already have enough of the day with the annoying guys and girls, but for the education they should, xD
    It would help us, 🙂

    March 11, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  366. Adam

    I think school hours should stay the same. its long enough already and we dont need to be wasting all of our day in a school when we can learn more about the world by being outside. this is a joke and it's not funny. if school days do become longer, kids won't want to learn, they would want to go home.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  367. Anna

    why would we what more school what is the point, so what obama said.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  368. paige

    I tired thinking why he would want us in school more,
    but i never caught the idea,
    but we need at least 8 hours of school, so wee need like 8 hour rest,
    NONONONONO!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  369. Jeff

    i right now definitily need more time at school because i have a lot of stuff to do today because the girl behind me is always loud and it is dificut to think and i cant just tattle because i am older than that and i just cant ask her because she will hurt me and won't stop being loud

    March 11, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  370. paige

    I don't think this is a good reason,
    but would you wanna stay in school, with alot of people you wouldnt like,
    i understand you work with people like that,
    but for kids,
    no,n,no,no,no.
    🙂

    March 11, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  371. Nikole

    Why should we change the amount of time needed in school? The time we stay in hasn't changed in years, and over 70% of students succeed and pass. Don't forget that what we do is hard enough, why add more time for even more possible challenges, not that some people don't like the challenges...

    March 11, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  372. Paige&Macy

    If we have more hours of school,
    Don't you think we can get more free time,
    and longer connections?
    xD

    March 11, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  373. Kayla

    NO!!! school is already long enough I don't think I could stand it any longer than it already is. But it could start a little later......

    March 11, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  374. Rebecca

    Oh come on.... Look I have agreed with Obama most of the time but now this???? I really struggle with getting up yearly in the morning, then getting home (mind you it takes my family a half hour to get home), feed the chickens, take a shower, eat dinner and do my pile of homework. I have almost no social time with my friends outside of school and can hardly follow my personal intrest of creative writing. Sorry Obama, I'm not supporting this one......

    March 11, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  375. Nikole

    I do not agree. Some students can hardly make it through the day anyway. Also... not a good time to do in a recession. That would be a bad thing for not only students, but teachers too. Their money has already been cut low enough, why make them work harder for little pay?

    March 11, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  376. L.B. (is awesome)

    yeah more school !!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  377. TyGerr

    Students should have the right being able to take the summer off. Kids need the break and so do the teachers. Although not having to get a summer job would be nice.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  378. Victoria

    I think that we can have longer school days by maybe an hour or so. But I don't think that we should have longer school years. If we have longer school years then it takes off of our summer break. I think that taking off of our summer break is wrong and that the school years should stay the same length. If we do have longer anything for school it should be the school days. If we have an hour more of school then we still have more time in school but it doesn't take off our summer break.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  379. Alex

    The US is already a nation of fat kids, and since all you do at school is sit, the kids are just going to get fatter and fatter. And with the added school hours, there will also be additional homework. Everyone says get up and play an hour a day, but if kids are busy with homework and extra school, when are we going to find time to play?

    March 11, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  380. Lindsey

    No, we shouldn't. We get enough as it is. I fall asleep after school everyday from exhaustion, plus I stay after school often for activities. But that's not the only reason, some people can't handle work and find time to do homework now. If we get more hours of school, some people won't have any time for anything!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  381. shaelin

    I do Not think we should have longer school days. That would mean that after school activities would get pushed even later into the night. Besides, arent teachers always telling us to get enough sleep. making school ionger may seem like a good idea now but it would come back to get us in the long run.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  382. Kaitlynn

    Obama wanting more school time??? NO NO NO NO NO!!!
    every kid would get more homework thats not fair we already have enough! especialy the high school kids!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  383. Madison

    I agree teachers should be paid more but more school days and longer ones? i don't know if i could live with that. Six hours a day is enough for me!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  384. Lisa

    A mom... I homeschooled my kids for three years to get away from the long school days. This year, I put them back in a school district with shorter days and they are doing much better than at the other longer-day school. We don't expect adults to work much more than 8 hours per day, why should we expect our kids to work longer? Oh, they already do... it's called HOMEWORK. 2-4 hours of it PER NIGHT! In communities where afterschool childcare is an issue, especially with the teen set, a longer day would be a lifesaver. BUT, it should be an opportunity for kids to complete schoolwork in a fun, relaxed learning environment, not heap more meaningless work on them. A longer school day and year would have to mean a different style of teaching and learning - is our country prepared for that shift? I already see so little of my kids because of school, why would I want to see them less?

    March 11, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  385. david

    Ithink we should have longer school days and more of them, because we need good educations.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  386. JJ

    i think its a good idea to have extend some of the school days but not take any days away from they're vacation. Because we need a brack from school some times.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  387. James

    NO! school is long enough already, we dont need it to be longer

    March 11, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  388. Joel

    i dont think we should extend school days. Because its not fair to the kids who do good on they're work. And i also think that teachers need a brack from they're students as well as the students need a brak from they're teachers.

    March 11, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  389. Elizabeth

    I think that NO MORE TIME is needed in classrooms!!! From 8:00-3:05 is long enough!!!!!!!!!! That is 7 hours as it is!! That is long enough!! I know that education is really important these days, you need education and all to have a job!! So please PLAESE DONT MAKE THE SCHOOL DAYS LONGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nobody wants to go to school but NERDS anyways!! As the class was watching cnn student news the teacher stoped the news, and said pay close attention to this part of the news and when you said longer schools days, everyone went BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Exsept for this one kid and she is a bid NERD and she went YAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!! How lame!!!! I asked the teacher what she thought about longer days and she was like no yall think i want to work here any longer than i already do? Then she said no i want to get home to my family !!! So not even teachers want to work any longer than they do!!!!!! I AM BEGGING YOU PLEASE DONT MAKE THE SCHOOL DAYS ANY LONG THAT THEY ALREADY ARE CAUSE NOBODY REALLY LIKES SCHOOL!!! THAT WOULD NOT BE REALLY GOOD CAUSE SCHOOL IS REALLY BORING HOW IT IS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!! WELL THANKS!! IF YOU DO CHANGE THE HOURS WILL YOU AT LEAST NO MAKE US GO TO SCHOOL ON FRIDAYS!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  390. Tiff

    NO WAY! I can't believe they even suggested it. I know that it can be good for the students, but most kids like me don't like school, and if they prolong school hours, there will be more dropouts!

    Also, teachers will be worn out. They take a really long time to grade the work we do and if there is more school hours they won't be able to get sleep, but will have to be staying up all night long grading! TEACHERS HAVE A LIFE OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL!

    March 11, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  391. Asia

    Ok, so everyone may think school is bad but I think it is a good idea to extend our school hours.It might not be too exiting but were would you go without an education

    March 11, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  392. landon

    I think longer school days is unfair because we have to go seven hours .What more could learn. If the bill is passed Obama will have a bunch of angry 6th graders on his hands.If we have longer school days will have to get up earler so will be tired so we cant learn has well

    March 11, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  393. Stan

    yea increase school time and watch the drop out rate go even higher.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  394. grayson

    yeah, more time could be better. only if they made school start later. then im all for it.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  395. Devon

    YAY!!!!!! school is tops! who dosent like it. Learning is too fun no one should disagree. I love Obama and I LOVE school( :

    March 11, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  396. Elizabeth

    Everyday, students get loaded down with tons of homework, especially if you take advanced classes. We as students struggle just to finish all of the work through the day, and it just keeps piling up. Students get tired the longer the school day goes, and starts losing focus in their work because of it. Teachers get worn out from teaching all day, and start slowing down by the end of the day. If we had longer school days, it would just be more stress on teachers and students, and make everybody even more tired. Being tired, would bring down test scores and grades which is exactly what President Obama wants to improve. Making school days longer is not the answer to that problem. Students will end up getting fed up and that will increase the drop out rate instead of decrease it. Students need plenty of time to do their homework after school is over, and if there was longer school days we would not have enough time. Plus, it would interfere with after school activities such as sports and clubs. That is why i think it is a bad idea for longer school days. thank you for your time.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  397. KALE

    if Obama is going to be this way go mcain.although obama is helpin out the eco. so i can get more video games.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  398. JAX

    This is crazy!!!! We work hard enough during the school year. No one wants to have longer or more school days. One more thing to consider is our nation has an obesity problem that's great have us sitting longer in a chair. I personally enjoy after-school activities like soccer, softball and being a kid running around and spending time with my family. I SAY NO!!!!! OBAMA YOU HAVE CHILDREN I FEEL SORRY THAT YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE A KID.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  399. Asher

    that is the stupidest thing i have ever heard the school days are long enough. everyone needs a break from school so you can rest your brain and if you cant rest your brain you will not be as smart

    March 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  400. WOW!!!!!!

    i thought that obama was suppose to make changes?????????? this is the worst change that anyone could ever make!!!!!!!!!!! What a brilliant government we have!!!!!!!!So called helping people!!!! dont change the hours they are bad enough ALREADY!! some people have things to do after school like:spend time with family,friends,homework,chores,calling people!!!!!!!! HAVE A QUESTION WOULD YOU LIKE FOR THE SCHOOL HOURS TO HAVE CHANGED WHEN YOU WERE IN SCHOOL??????????

    March 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  401. bailee

    i don't think we need longer school days thay are long enough all ready

    March 11, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  402. Josh

    No I do not agree. First of all school is long enough as it is right now, In fact I think that shool should be shorter. Also some parents dont see how hard some of us work in school.

    P.S. YOU ARE AWSOME CARL!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  403. Austin

    I think that more days of school would be okay. The only thing I would change about the proposed revision is that if more days of school are added then instead of adding time to the school day, decrease time. I think students would be in support of the bill if this were the case

    March 11, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  404. Ben

    I think that it is a realy bad idea to have more time in school, kids allready have to much school. That would make kids brains explode from to much school.I totaly dont agre with obama!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  405. MOM-JBM

    From a parents perspective....I can't for the life of me figure out how Obama thinks this will help. What needs to be focused on is "STOP CUTTING BUDGETS FOR SCHOOLING". I can remember as a child having PE everyday!! My children have minimal physical activity during the day and one now has none at all. Obama you are putting a bandaid on a larger problem. It's also mind boggling that you think taking away from family time is a better consideration. Parents need to also get involved with their childrens schooling. This is a recipe for disaster and I feel sorry for the children that you are not allowing to be children....Activities are also important as well as family time!! I love the time I have with my children on weekends and everynight having a FAMILY DINER.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  406. Tom

    I think we have way too much school already!!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  407. Courtney

    i dont think we need more time in school i think how we are right now is just fine. if we get more time some of our brains might go kaboom

    March 11, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  408. Pi-Chi

    A longer school day?!?! No way! School is long enough already, not to mention the hour or two of homework that awaits us when we return home after a long day. Not a good idea!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  409. Lauren:P

    I'm not so sure i agree with you this time Carl i meen going to school already is tough.But i think kids should be able to Votee...

    -Koczot 3rd core.!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  410. Muhammad

    I don't think more school time is the answer because a lot of schools have bad teachers who don't engage with students. A lot of them just walk in, tell kids to read some textbook for 20 minutes (while he/she sits there playing with an iphone), and then gives a test right off the bat. And if President Obama just adds more school time, it'll just be more time wasted in the day!

    p.s I go to private school and went to public school. Even though you have to pay, students learn much more in my school, plus its real fun!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  411. Bomar

    I believe that we don't need more school. After a certain amount of time kids just get bored of school and need a good long break. It will help them in the long run.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  412. Lesko

    I see what your saying but I have to say that parents would be mad because if they have chours or have sports or activeties.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  413. Kainan

    i think what President of Obama is doing to the school system is great idea we go for three months and then we get one month of school off. With the United States Education System at the way it is we don't have some of the worlds smartest youth and by changing the school system like this we could defiantly improve the intelligence of Americas Youth

    March 11, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  414. Ricky

    I disgree BIG TIME with extra school hours and extra days because I would be bored.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  415. Tom

    This stinks!!!!:(

    March 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  416. Zachari

    MORE TIME?!?!?! No No No No No No No! Thats a bad idea!!! I don't like it! Don't us kids have enough time?

    March 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  417. Lizzy

    Are you kidding me Obama? Longer school days is a no-no! I already spend enough hours at school, and if the school hours were extended I wouldn't be able to do all of my extra-curriculum activities! So, NO!
    😦

    March 11, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  418. Kendall

    NO!!! WE HAVE LONG SCHOOL YEARS ALREADY!!! 🙂

    March 11, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  419. ELDAR

    IF THAT HAPPENS I'M MOVING TO RUSSIA

    March 11, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  420. Josh

    I think that it is absolutely ridicilous that he wants more school. it would interfere with extra curricular activities after school. I also think that 6 hours a day is plenty of time to do all the subjects you need to do.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  421. ryan

    i vote for both ways because some people in my class are mad about adding more school time but i think it is good and bad because we will become smarter and increase our chance of reaching our goals on the hand it is also bad because we will have more homework to do and a lot of students know that they do not want more homework in all i say vote for both ways

    March 11, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  422. sabrina

    I guess more time in school will help us in our learning, but I still believe that we need to have some time to relax and take our stress off our backs! Having more time in school will have our backs weighing with stress like crazy!:)

    March 11, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  423. Michael:{)

    Schools should NOT make the school day longer! We would have no time for homework and it would just get boring after 2:30 P.M.!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  424. sydney and ashlee

    We don't think we should have more school. School is not our WHOLE life, we also have friends, family, and church which school will cut into. If we have more school, that means less exercise and making us more unhealthy!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  425. Loreen

    I have to say that school is fun, especially because you get to learn more and more every day, and you get to hang out with your friends at recess. Well, at least in elementary school. Although I do believe that the school days and year is long enough and students have other activities such as sports or homework to do after, and I think that will interfere a lot.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  426. Campbell

    I don't think we should have longer days because kids would start to zone off and get really grumpy and tired. Also, people won't have as much time with family and friends. I almost forgot, there is less time to do homework ,so not as much free time.NO!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  427. Carlos

    I disagree because the school days are fast but I don't want a longer school day. You are right and this could lead to drop outs.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  428. Miruthula

    I think we don't need more time in school because we won't be able to do other extra curricular activities. Also we won't have enough time to be with our family and friends. This will also affect our time for finishing our homework.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  429. Douglas

    I don't think school should be longer because school takes up enough of your life as it is. Making school any longer will just form a mob of angry kids. Also after school some people have sports or other activities after school so it would just cause more trouble.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  430. lindsey

    No we shouldn't have any more school and it cuts in to after school activities. Also if we added a few more hours we wouldn't have time for any thing after school.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  431. chico jr. high school

    We think no, because people would get exhausted after a longer day of school, it would also be very srtessful. Some other reasons we don'tlike it, is that there would not be enough time for anything after school.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  432. cheyenne

    I don't think we neet anymore school days . We go 5 days a week isn't that enough right now. And some people have jobs to do so they can earn money.And they want to know why kids are dropping out.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  433. Dana

    I don't think we need anymore school time or extra days of school because we already have a LOT of time for school. I think we need time for ourselves that is what i think of Obama's idea. I know we need education, but we all the time we need for school.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  434. Juliana

    I don't think it would help 4 Obama to make school days longer and to add days to them because first of all we will probably have more homework and we r trying to go green aren't we? And if this goes through almost all the kids will be VERY upset because it might interfere w/ after school acctivitys and vacations and ESPECIALLY vidoe game time!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  435. Brittany

    Me and the rest of my Civics class was debating about this. We already believe that school is long enough. Our teacher, Mr. Dalman, believe we do need a longer school year, just not make the days longer. We all finally agreed to 9weeks of school, then 3weeks off, 9weeks in, 3weeks off, ect. until summer time. We were debating this for like 20 mins into class and while going over things the subject kept coming back up.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  436. mickell

    No because we would not have enough family time,do homework,or have our 8 hours of sleep.some of us will drop out because some do not eat school lunch and wil past out. SO no longer school days or school years

    March 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  437. Bryan

    No way!!!! school days are already long enough and more hours=more homework=less personal and if thats there no point of going home to relax.And has even thought about what the student feel

    March 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  438. Liam

    I am a proud supporter of President Obama but I think that this is not the best choice he has made, especially since a lot of kids have after school activities for example one day I have baseball band and home work so making school longer would get in the way of a lot of things.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  439. Yahira

    I don't think it's a good idea because some of us have enough trouble putting up with our teachers for eight hours. We don't need more.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  440. Leah

    No, more time at school is un -neccessary. We already spend all week (except the weekend of course) and nearly 6- hours everyday of it. Why more? Isn't that enough time to learn what is needed?

    March 11, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  441. Hannah

    Ok this is starting to tick me off! THERE IS NO REASON TO HOLD US ANY LONGER THAN YOU ALREADY DO IN SCHOOL. WE'RE LEARNING; JUST GIVE US SOME CREDIT FOR SITTING THERE AND LISTENING TO TEACHERS LECTURE FOR 90 MINUTES!!!!!! I CAN ALMOST GUARANTEE YOU THAT IF YOU SET A SENIOR TEST IN FRONT ANY FRESHMAN OR SOPHMORE STUDENT THAT THEY WOULD GET ATLEAST AN 85 IF NOT A 90 PERCENT AT THE SCHOOL I GO TO! THEREFORE MORE SCHOOLING IS NOT NEEDED UNLESS IT IS A LAST RESORT DECISION...

    March 11, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  442. Dana

    OMG!!!
    More school time!
    I don't think we need more school time because we need time to rest. We have a LOT of time for school already and we don't need more.
    We have school 5 days a week and we don't need more hours or more days.
    P. S. I hope my comment gets on CNN STUDENT NEWS when you record. : )

    March 11, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  443. Leslie

    Too much school might make us tired and not want to focus and that is not much better.

    March 11, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  444. Bella

    i think staying in school longer is a bad idea i love school but not that much that i would stay longer. some of us have after school activities and need to get there if schools longer how will we get to them. also we wont get time to spend with our families

    March 11, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  445. Meg

    Really, What is the use in making us go to school longer? The students would only get upset and not give any effort because they are in protest of longer school days. I think the regular length day gives us a chance to go home, study, do all of the tons of homework we have and let what we learned sink into our brains, not to mention the chores and responsibilities many kids have after school. I think that Mr.Obama just needs to cool his jets and tackle the important things like THE ECONOMY before he jumps into much more. Before he knows it he will be so deep in tons of different projects that he will have a mental breakdown. Well, actually, that might be a good thing, then he would know how an Honors student in AP classes fells when he or she gets so much work that they are up all night studing and doing homework that is above the average level....and he wants us to go to school longer? Kids around the country, please sound off against this crazy idea!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  446. timothy

    no its tohard to have to go through a full day concretating plus the school years are almost over so their would be no point plus do we have the money to pay for more teachers

    March 11, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  447. Leslie

    Having more school is good because maybe we can learn more and we could possibly get better scores on test and maybe get more funding for school.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  448. Hailey

    If we had more time in school i think that we should be able to get up later and we should have more time at lunch since the day is going to be longer.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  449. Connor

    I think longer school days would be sufficient. I feel as though that education is the most important thing as other children grow up, because education determines where you will go in life and kids across the country should be able to have a good education and bright future.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  450. ivy

    no because it is cutting out or time to send with or family it going to make it hard to do our homework because if it is hard it is probably going to take forever. also i want to be free of doing work or going to school on my relax days

    March 11, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  451. Austin

    I dont agree with longer school days. We need time to do our homework and study. This also means that teachers will spend more money as well as the school which is not a very smart choice while we are in this recession. I TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH LONGER SCHOOL DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  452. Mikal

    I don't think we need to make school days longer and a longer school year. I think that the test scores are low because students when they get home are tired and just don't do their homework. Then they are not learning the material.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  453. ?????????

    i say we should not have longer school days because all ready allot of kids are drop and I HATE SCHOOL IT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  454. Abby

    There are enough hours in a school day, but it might be smart to move to year-round school. Just think, nine weeks in and three weeks out. And that's not counting holidays and teacher work days!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  455. Robert

    dude, Oboma knows he's doing the right thing but nearly 91% of students don't agree with him and durind the election he'd said nothing about school!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  456. ShElBy:)

    no wat jose school is already long enough as it is i love getting out of school at 2:30 thats the best part Obama get a better idea!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  457. nay nay

    i totally disagree with obama i like him and all but more time in school he's going way too far cause 8 hours in school is enough and if he thinks we need more charter schools then there won't be many kids in public schools especially since everyone in my school is bad! and wants teachersw to get a higher salary is they are GOOD teachers i don't know who he thinks he his !put that on the show!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  458. Kasia

    I think that O'Bama has good intentinons, but kids won't like it. There will be more drop-outs and revolts.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  459. ShElBy:)

    no way jose school is already long enough as it is i love getting out of school at 2:30 thats the best part!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  460. Madison

    Obama is insane. He will drive this economy right into the ground. I like school to be honest ,but the only thing that I don't like is that it is so long. Eight hours already and I don't feel that anybody wants more.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  461. Laci

    I do not think you should make school. It would do no good with homework,diner and friends

    March 11, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  462. Blake

    I think that school is already long enough!!!! ITS very boring. I super hope this is not the show. GO NN Student news

    March 11, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  463. Anonymous

    We barely have any time to relax and do what we want anyways! We don't need longer school days!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  464. Ariana

    In school right know is already tuff Ilike Obama but more time in school WAAAY OUT of hand by the way you rock Carl

    March 11, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  465. Shawna

    Even though Obama is awesome I don't agree with him on extending school days and hours. He has to realize he's not superman..he can't handle everything thing at once.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  466. Brett

    I dont think schools have enough days and hours in the school year
    they should leave it the way it is

    March 11, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  467. J-Wags

    I personally think that school is long enough. Most kids get a great education now. Why change anything? The major problem with extending the school year would be the schools without air conditioning. I like school the way it is.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  468. peter

    No because I think students work hard enough at school, and with more school time that means less time to do our homework and less weekend time for students and teachers

    March 11, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  469. Justin

    No, we don't need more time in school because we already have a tight budget cut why try to make the small strech even longer.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  470. Kira

    I think that Obama shouldn't do it because the longer the school days, the shorter time kids get homework, and the lower grades get.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  471. Mandy

    No, I like the school days just fine. Now that softball season's starting up, I'll be having a lot on my plate. If school time was increased, I'd go insane!

    March 11, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  472. Mimi

    I defently need my sleep! Obamba thinks we should have more than 8 hours of school and i think he should have more than 8 hours. We work all day and do homeowrk when we get home, barely no tv. I would rather get my sleep than not being able to come home and sleep after only 8 hours. I think more kids would fall asleep in class.

    March 11, 2009 at 6:58 pm |
  473. elmo

    I don't think this is right because some kids school already start so early & they do not get enough sleep, which is very bad for us kids especially health. I mean I think that Obama is a good pres. and all but this subject: NOT GOOD!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  474. Ander

    I like the idea of having longer school, it will help America catch up with the other countries and thier education. It also helps me because I'm Mexican and I still have trouble speaking English. So having longer school days and school year helps everyine in the end.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  475. elmo

    NOOOOOOOOOOO! We already have enough school. And add more days! *faints*

    March 11, 2009 at 7:02 pm |
  476. dasia

    If we get more school days and hours kids would not want to come to school

    March 11, 2009 at 7:02 pm |
  477. Denzel

    Longer school days is not going to make us smartet. Is just going to drive the students and teachers even more crazy. Might as well send us to prison.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:02 pm |
  478. Alyssa

    I know some may think that more time in school means we get more done in school, but I feel that this is a bad choice. It will only be a burden to us because we will be more stressed and there just isn't enough to be done in a long class period. And we already have enough school! We don't need anymore of it!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  479. Nick

    More school or year round school is not a good idea AT ALL. Many students have jobs that they wouldn't be able to do if school was made longer. The teen unemployment rate is around 20%, Let's not make it any higher.

    -Nick

    March 11, 2009 at 7:10 pm |
  480. Jacob

    Well I ... kinda like school lunches so if there is more time added to a school day it should be added to the lunch period. It's goood!

    March 11, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  481. justin

    School hours are fine the way they are. We do not need more hours in school especially now that we are having budget cuts. The longer hours in school the more money we need on the school budgets. Teachers and staff would need to teach longer, thus, needing to pay them more. The students time should not be taken away from their family, friends, and other important activities they do. Six hours of school is enough to educate the students.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  482. Abby

    It would increase grades of students. I think that making school longer will help us catch up with the rest of the world. We need to be prepared for the worst if it is to come.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:20 pm |
  483. Michelle

    I don't think we shgould have longer days because of after school programs. Obama should not dolonger days to us kids.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  484. Twila

    I would definitely not like it, but if school days were longer I could deal. Especially if it helps our country get stronger, and increases the number of college graduates. While I agree with making the school days longer, I do not want there to be more longer school years. Now that is cruel and unusual torture!!!
    CARL, U ROCK!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 7:24 pm |
  485. Bill

    More school days? I don't like that idea. We already don't spend enough time with our family.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:26 pm |
  486. Bill

    By the time we would get home, we would do homwork then have dinner, then go right to bed literally.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:28 pm |
  487. julie

    Longer school days.... are you kidding me? No way would kids be able to focus that long! I'm okay with the longer school year because we would have a lot of breaks but not longer days! I completely disagree with that!

    March 11, 2009 at 7:29 pm |
  488. Bill

    The time we spend at school won't make a difference whether we learn more or not because a lot of kids just don't take school seriously no matter how long it is.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:32 pm |
  489. tony

    I think thre is too much school already. Could he do anything more crazy. they think they can take away all our fun. Basicaly whate i'm saying is that theres more school which means being bored and learning instead of more vacations which means more fun and time away from school and bully's. and carl stop making corny jokes your gonna give someone a heart attack.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:33 pm |
  490. lulu

    I think that we already have enough time at school why add more time?? Its not like if we are going to become smarter.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:34 pm |
  491. Ray Ray and Twila

    We think that having more school days would be beneficial, but we should get to choose which classes we get. Or at least choose how many P.E., Home Economics, Agriculture, etc. etc. classes we get. So if we want to take more foreign language classes, less P.E. classes, we should be allowed.
    Go Carl!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 7:34 pm |
  492. Samantha

    I feel that making school longer just puts more stress on students and giving them less time to be able to do after school activities or other things kids love to do. It would also just cost more money to keep the school running longer.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:37 pm |
  493. jeremy

    this is why the old white guys voted for mcain.(they are smart) this would only send our economy into a black hole.
    i blelvie that obama is a smart man but if he passes this bill he would only make a fool of him self. if you have read the rest of thease blogs all of the rest of my peers fill the same way. i belvie that shcool is importent put this is out of the questin. if they pass this bill the drop out rites will increase at lest doulde, i now becase i am a kid.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:38 pm |
  494. Maddy

    I think school is already too long! I already have to get up at six- thirty in the morning and not go home until three o'clock and when I do come home I have to do homework!! I don't need ANYMORE school. My mom said if the school years are longer, she will home school me.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:39 pm |
  495. Chimane

    No! No! No! and No! again. I think I am smart enough. I don't like homework one bit and would not like more of it. I think we are fine just how we are. We need our breaks its good for everyone. Expecially for the kids who are involved in everything, all year long. Its a relief to have our weekends and summers. He should not take it away!

    P.S. I have a quite a bit of homework every night and I'm not even involved in everything!!

    March 11, 2009 at 7:43 pm |
  496. Mae

    This is a good idea but only to a limit. It shouldn't be pushed so much that it stresses students but enough to let have more time for explanations, questions, and instructions so they can better understand what they need to learn.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:48 pm |
  497. Troy

    I think we go to school long enough. I also think we need to get out in the summer to so we will have time to rest before we have to go back. oboma wants to make us go to school longer so we will be as smart as the people in china and japan.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:53 pm |
  498. lauren

    i think that having more time in school each day would just put more stress on kids. They more stress or pressure kids have will not help them academically improve!

    March 11, 2009 at 7:54 pm |
  499. jackson

    i feel to overwhelmed by what goes on at school. i would hate having to go through more of that. But i would like a shorter day that starts later cause i'm always so tired.
    FRIDAYS RULE!!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 8:00 pm |
  500. Troy

    I think we go to school long enough. I also think we need to get out in the summer to so we will have time to rest before we have to go back. oboma wants to make us go to school longer so we will be as smart as the people in china and Japan.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:01 pm |
  501. Dakota

    I think going to school more is not cool we alreay have enough time in school and it decreses spending time with our familes. P.S. cnn student news rocks YA!

    March 11, 2009 at 8:03 pm |
  502. Yessica

    Really more time in school, come on be serious. Students really would not be able to pay attention for that long!! If you put more hours in school I think that students would not want to work as hard.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:04 pm |
  503. Sierra

    Dear Mr. Azuz,
    I think that more time at school is needed. We aren't doing so well, so I think it was very neccessary and appropriate for President Barack Obama to do so. We need the time to study and learn so that we can become great successes in the future.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:05 pm |
  504. Andrew

    This is stupid. Making school longer wont make us learn more. Just make us hate it more. Even if there was more days i would ditch school.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:07 pm |
  505. Mary and Ashley

    We both look forward to summer vacation and don't want to spend a whole lot more time at school even though our teacher is totally awesome.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:08 pm |
  506. Maekayla

    Hey Carl, school should so not be longer. Have you lost your mind. Most people think we should have longer days. But think all you people r nuts. Think you for reading this make sure you post this on your site or whatever. PEACE OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    March 11, 2009 at 8:13 pm |
  507. Amber

    I think by giving us longer school days, we will see a larger number ok drop outs

    March 11, 2009 at 8:15 pm |
  508. Karleigh

    I love school! You get to spend more time with all of your friends. Most of the kids in my class would disagree but I can barley stand being away from my friends over the weekend so more school would be like heaven!!

    March 11, 2009 at 8:16 pm |
  509. wyoming girl

    we spend plenty of time in school as it is. 8 hours a day for 9 months is enough for any child, teen, or young adult. our summers are short as it is, and winter and spring break arent really a break when you have testing right when you get back. i may be one in a million but at least i can speak up and say that i know im not the only one who doesnt want to spend my summer or early fall in school....2 months of summer break really isnt enough.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:17 pm |
  510. Karleigh

    More school! More school! Because more school means more friends!! Plus the more you learn the less dumb you are!

    March 11, 2009 at 8:18 pm |
  511. Ariana

    Uh no!!! Obama is a good leader and all but I have to say I already have enough homework. I don't need more school just to pile on more and more assignments. Nothing against teachers but more time at school is not a good idea. I hope this doesn't happen.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:30 pm |
  512. Hannah

    I like school and all because I get to be there with my friends but I need some time at home with my family, too. If there is more school, that means less time with the family. I even talked to my dog and he looked at me like I was crazy!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 8:31 pm |
  513. Brooke

    I don't think that kids should have more time at school. Yes, we have a lot of vacation time but that's to relax our minds and spend a little time off work. It's not a job, but kids do deserve some time off. Plus, we have school five days a week, eight hours each day. I do not think that making school longer with more days would be fair to some kids. If other kids don't pay attention to their teachers, let them deal with it! It's their fault anyway.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:33 pm |
  514. Aly

    I think that having more school time is a bad idea because when I get home from six hours of school, i start to look pale and tired.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:35 pm |
  515. Sarah

    I think that it wouldn't hurt if we went a little longer in the school day and go some more days.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:35 pm |
  516. hannah

    i hope that there is no extra school.i could not stand staying longer!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 8:42 pm |
  517. hannah

    you guys are crazy yo want extra school.
    i could not stand it i cant stand a normal school day. i come home and am pooped i do not think any one wants an extra long day

    March 11, 2009 at 8:45 pm |
  518. Melanie

    I wouldn't mind more school time as long as I get to watch you Carl 😉

    March 11, 2009 at 8:46 pm |
  519. Emma

    I think that school days should stay as it is currently.

    How are we going to have time to do after school activities if the school day is longer? There won't be enough daylight hours left in the day and we can't make the day longer. I guess we could make the school day start earlier but I don't know how me or anyone could get up any earlier in the morning. I sure couldn't!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 8:49 pm |
  520. Keagan=]

    i think that President Obama is taking way to much into his hands...we were born with freedom and just because we are teens and young children. Dont justify us sitting in our classrooms for an extra 1 or 2 hours. We like our free time.. and i speak for many youthful people when i say it is robbing us of our life.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
  521. laci

    I do not think school should last any longer than it does. We have home work to do.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  522. DAVID

    i don't think school days should be longer because alot of teachers give alot of homework already! But we should be thankful because students in europe have 25 classes per year & 4 hours of homework!

    March 11, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  523. jose

    my avrage school day is already 8 hours long making it longer is just to bad for me,

    March 11, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  524. Jaron

    Learning is important and more time is needed, but I won't accept his plan unless homework is reduced by 25%.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  525. Nathan

    Our school system runs from Labor day to about the second week in June. We have breaks at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, and a few other days here and there. Our school days starts at 0725 and ends at 1425. For me, high school was always looked forward to because of the responsibilities, and the privileges that came with it. I also enjoy starting so early, and getting out with some time left in the afternoon that allows everyone to do something after they finish with their homework. It may not sound like we are in school for a long time, and to most adults it doesn't seem like a long time, however, to the students, it seems like a lifetime. I think that extending the school day would not be beneficial towards education. We may be in school longer, and therefore have the opportunity to learn more in a given day, but I know I can speak for myself and some other friends when I say we burn out from being there so much. In a given day, a person can only focus on certain tasks for so long, much like people who have jobs, that are done with school. Your average person works a 8 hour day, goes home, and relaxes for the next day, so that they can give their job the utmost concentration that they can. If that person suddenly had to work say 10 hours a day, they can't do as much at home with their families, and would have to put aside more time for resting, to reach the level of maximum capability. I believe its the same situation with students if the school days were to be extended. Students wouldn't be able to have as much time out school to do homework. When I come home from school, I can't do my homework right away, because I just spent the entire day doing just that, work. Taking some down time, just to relax and unwind allows me to be able to do my homework. If the school day was extended, that down time would decrease, effecting my ability to concentrate and do my best on my work. I believe my sleep time would also be compromised. These are just a few reasons why I feel that the length of a school day should be left as is.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:10 pm |
  526. KayLee

    I don't think we should have longer school days unless you want to stay at school, but I don't think a teacher or the prez should be able to make you. Then we might get way more homework and sometimes we don't even have enough time to study now.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:11 pm |
  527. James

    I agree with Mark. How are we going to pay for the teachers extra time in school? Some states have already had to lay off thousands of teachers because of no funds. Also, a full week for adults is considered 40 hours. A school week should definitely not be any longer than an adult work-week.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:14 pm |
  528. Kayla

    Please dont my brain already wants to explod

    March 11, 2009 at 9:19 pm |
  529. Bryan

    I think we don't need more time in school because we have to go to school 6-7 hours and we don't a lot of breaks.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:23 pm |
  530. kristen

    I think that if the school is having grade problems then they should consider longer school days,but not everyone. And we already have 7 or 8 hours of school plus sports,jobs,friends,activities,and homework!
    And if Obama desides this then wait until I'm done with school!(

    March 11, 2009 at 9:25 pm |
  531. Kyle

    why? We are already being bored to death by school anyways!

    March 11, 2009 at 9:28 pm |
  532. Virginia

    School is like ice cream. It's good, but too much of it can cause you to get a brain freeze.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:28 pm |
  533. Keegan

    When I heared that annoucment I was shocked because he wants every kid to have longer school hours Are you kidding me! Everyone in my class didn't like that annoucment.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:35 pm |
  534. Sadie

    We do not need more time in school! I mean, we spend most of time in school, but all we do is worksheet up on worksheet. The only way I would agree with this is if we actually have fun classes, like another elective.

    And we could watch twice the CNN.
    o:

    March 11, 2009 at 9:35 pm |
  535. rachel

    NNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!, WE DO NOT NEED MORE SCHOOL!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 9:44 pm |
  536. Kyle

    Personally, I believe that the solution is not to extend school hours, but to make the activities in school more rigorous temporarily. This is because that would benefit the kids who are smart but need more work, and identify the kids who cannot work at that level. Then the kids who could adhere to the new level of work would stay there, and the ones who could not keep up could go back to their original work level. The most common problems with education these days are that they are making the difficuty able to be done by the students of the lowest level, and therefore are making it so that the kids who may eventually find the cure for cancer are not learning, but merely just gliding along with only one hundreth of their brains paying attention, so they may not be able to contribute anything to society later in life because in their early years they weren't learning anything.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
  537. katie, Tami, Patrick, Evelynn

    yes our school days should be longerb and have at least two hours for reading so our A.R. levels can go up.

    You rock Carl!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  538. Daisuke

    School should provide students with more opportunities to intercact with community than with school. The attendance communities will help them to have a wide range of perspective, and it will be desierable situation from viewpoint of formation of personaliry.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:52 pm |
  539. jah ( really Josh) ; )

    I think that the school days are already long enough. The school days should be at most 30 minutes, enough time to get directions about new work and then do your homework in class. Enough of this stacking kids with homework crap every single night. : ) Also with that 30 minutes, teachers could even spend 20 of that showing the new work and then doing problems from that work showing us how to do it. Then you could get the last 10 minutes to start homework and you will still not have that much homework after. Obama, You must be CRAZY to think people will like this bill i think your just trying to win over more people by doing what you think is right, but really this is just gonna bite him you know where in the end. ; )This is gonna result in more costs for schools for paying more to teachers and in this economy that we are already living in, man good luck America just more of the money that we don't have coming out of our pockets.
    Another thing, with all the sports, jobs, (HOMEWORK!!) that we have, how can we afford to add more time on to school. We need to make money too you know Obama! Well thats all I got.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  540. Ace

    I disagree, because some of us just doesn't want to stay in school for a long time, and even though education will give us students a better life in the future.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  541. Taylor13

    We dont need any more school some students are already having trouble keeping up with school work. To some students they already think a few of the problems are hard.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  542. Courtney

    I think Obama has a point, but I do not think having to attend school longer would help anyone. I mean, we already learn enough in the day! But like I said, Obama does have a point. If he wants the U.S. to have to work harder in school, then he should totally go for it.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  543. Jake

    I think that you do not need to have more time at school. Whats the point the teachers already boar your mind out already!!!.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  544. Joey

    I think that Obama is not going to help our nation like everybody thinks. I heard on a public news station that George W. Bush put U.S.A.in 1.3 Trillion debt and Obama has already put us in a massive debt that people think is going to be outrageios by the time it gets to 8 yrs

    March 11, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  545. Dade

    I think it is stupid that we should go to school longer. I have a life and like to spend it ANYWHERE but school and I just do not think it is right.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  546. Mrs.Owens Class

    We think that most kids already can't deal with the 8 hours of school and i think teachers have enough of us for 8 hours as it is. All some teachers need are a little push and were going to be doing homework on the weekend. if school hours were longer it would mean shorter time for extra curicular activities , or no extra curicular activities.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  547. Tori

    I think that school days should NOT be extended. What about after school activities, we won't have time. I like school, but i like my house better. But if we had shorter days then if would be fine by me. I like Obama he is a cool guy, but the extending school thing makes him uncool.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  548. alysia

    I think 8 hours of school is enough because no one want to go to school for more than 8 hours

    March 11, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  549. Eric

    knowing we already have about 180 days being 8 hours each and classes of about 90 min it can get very boring and adding more days doesnt help. We kids all the way to older teens need President Obama to see our thoughts to show we dont want this and that we do have an opinion on what happens in government.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  550. alysia

    Absoluley NOT!!! With the schedule we have, were busy as it is. With homework if we stay in school longer that could double. We have school for 8 hours. That’s long enoug!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  551. Anna

    oh my jeez
    if we have longer school days and hours i am moving to canada
    no doubt about it!!!!!
    P.S. carl you are a cool cat!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  552. Timo

    No. its not that i don't like school, its just we students can only spend so much time in the class room. after awhile we loose our attention span and can't take anymore in. i will go to school longer when Mr. Obama is sitting right next to me in a desk the enire time i have to. kids are suppose to be kids. i was once told by an adult to be a kid for as long as i can because soon you won't be able to be one. don't grow up to early. like i said, when Obama comes to school with me, then i will go longer.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  553. Tori

    I do not think that more time is needed during school. Having 6 hours a day and 5 days a week is enough! The life of the American teenager is already busy as it is, i don't think that we need more time learning about stuff that we already spend a lot of time on

    March 11, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  554. Shelby

    I say HECK NO!! We already get out at three thrity and that takes alot of time out of out personal lives. school is alright once and a while but still no.....if we have longer school days some of us (me) would get sick of school and would burn down the school...well at least i would...no longer school days!!

    March 11, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  555. Erika

    While it would give students more time to get homework done, we wouldn't have alot of time at home. But we wouldn't need as much time becuase we wouldn't need to finish our homework because we would have done it at school. How would we fill the time we don't already use? Even thought it would give me more time to finish work i don't want a longer school day because some students might have sports or extra-curricular activities and they, too, would have to end later.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:20 pm |
  556. Rachel

    I think that it's a good idea and bad idea to have more time at school. First of all, some kids might have some after school activities and they might just have to miss it because of the time. But, we get more education so we can be more smart for the next grade we would be heading into. It would also help those who are getting bad grades. You could also have some more time playing and hanging out with friends as well! All of this, but in my opinion though, if we have longer school days, we HAVE to have longer recess durations! Overall, I would say for me it's 50-50.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:45 pm |
  557. Courtney

    If we, as the United States, choose to lengthen our school days and add to the amount of days in the school year, we will not be guaranteeing quality. Adding more hours to an unproductive and below standard classroom won't change the quality of the education received therein.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:47 pm |
  558. Adelaide

    More time in school would not help us as students, it would hurt us. Students spend the majority of their days in school as it is. If we increase the time we spend in school, activities like sports will be cut, along with a high rate of part-time job losses. Also, many students would spend less time with their families, a crucial piece of character developement for the real world.

    March 12, 2009 at 12:10 am |
  559. nakoda

    I think that obama does not know what he is thinking! if we did say like 10 hours of school a day then we would have more of a percentage of drop out kids than we do now and it is still high!! we dont need to do this!!! we wouldnt get any sleep we would be up late to do homework which would be more than we have now!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 12:12 am |
  560. wade

    I think that the longer days at school would be counterproductive. The teachers pay checks would all go up costing the government more. I also think that if you make students go to school longer they would get worse grades beause it is hard enough to do all of your homework in the little amount of time you get to do it at home.

    March 12, 2009 at 12:14 am |
  561. Austin

    C'mon Carl, this is blasphemy!

    March 12, 2009 at 12:43 am |
  562. Adriannn

    I don't agree with longer school days. I think Obama is taking on too many issues at once. He has more important things to worry about like the recession and lay offs!!

    March 12, 2009 at 1:08 am |
  563. Amanda

    I disagree with longer school days. The big problem I see in my class is the lack of motivation and caring. President Obama needs to help the American people see why education is important and I doubt that lengthening the school day will accomplish this. Plus, what would happen to quality family time with an extended day?

    March 12, 2009 at 2:53 am |
  564. Suzin

    It really doesn't matter since I live in Korea(South) but I don't think longer school days(hours) will be interesting.

    March 12, 2009 at 3:18 am |
  565. Sunwoo

    President Obama said that he will increase school days and increase the time being in school. I don't agree about this because if the time of school increase, it will be hard to do homeworks and present to the clubs. I'm expecting about America school's club activity. So I don't want president Obame to make the school days and the time in school increase.

    March 12, 2009 at 8:05 am |
  566. Kendra

    i don't think that we should have school later in the days because I like to get home and eat supper and hang out with my friends before night time. Also I don't think that we should have school on saturdays because I like to sleep in on saturdays and hang out with my friends not be at school.

    March 12, 2009 at 8:26 am |
  567. Avery

    I think we shouldnt have longer time in school, because some people have sports and also a social life. It would make us more tired and not be able to learn. Also teens need to sleep for at least 10 hours, with homework, sports, and calling/texting their friends they wont have any time to sleep.

    March 12, 2009 at 8:34 am |
  568. Joseph

    Kids are taking school for granted these days. They need to realize the more time they spend on education, the better the job they get. The service workers you see on the roadside are there becasue they failed to get an education. And the only thing a longer schoolday would do to most kids is cut back on their video game time. They need to deal with that.

    March 12, 2009 at 8:52 am |
  569. Dillon

    We should not have longer school days, becuase we go to school long enough as it is.

    March 12, 2009 at 9:11 am |
  570. Mr. Johnson's Class

    If you raise teacher's salary, but then have them work longer, are they really getting a raise? It would be very difficult to have younger students in class for longer time periods. Perhaps more time is needed to get everything done, but are we willing to sacrifice our children's well being for more information?

    March 12, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  571. HANNAH!!!!!

    NO!!!!! no. no. no. no. no. NOPE. I think we have enough school. We DO have lives!!! 🙂

    March 12, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  572. parker

    No, no no no no no NO! No more time in school.

    March 12, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  573. J

    This is so ridiculous. I mean he has already spent more than a trillion dollars on an economic stimulus plan to help companies that will probably just lose that money again before they start to make any. Obama is putting our generation into unbelievable debt. Now he wants to spend more money on the school programs. This is absolutely outrageous. NO more school. Make some more money first!

    March 12, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  574. Abby

    Heck No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will cause a boycott if we have to stay longer in school. Last year I had to stay until July and I had to stay on a saturday. So, No! NO,NO, No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  575. Kate

    I don't think that we need more school because we would not focus becuase we don't have time with our friends

    March 12, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  576. caroline!!!!

    I really don't want longer school days!!! that would be boring and kids wouldn't have alot of time to get there homework done...i think we go to school for long enough now... but obama seems to know what he's talking about.

    March 12, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  577. frannie

    I don't think that we need longer school days. having longer school days would give less time for homework and other activities like sports that keep us healthy. It would also give us less time with our families.

    March 12, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  578. Matt

    I can not believe anyone would even stop and ponder whether or not we should actually go with this idea!!! I would be fine if we did not have any homework or if the school days were shorter but since they are not I think this is horrible.

    March 12, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  579. Anabel

    I think that we don't need longer school days or more school days. We already go to school for like 7 or 8 I think it's enough.

    March 12, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  580. Homie

    BAD IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GGGGGGGGGGGRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!! I DON'T NEED MORE SCHOOL, MORE SCHOOL MEANS MORE TIME FOR CLASSES AND MORE TIME FOR CLASSES AND WITH MORE TIME FOR CLASSES THAT MEANS MORE TIME FOR TEACHERS TO GIVE YOU HOMEWORK AND LESS TIME TO PUT IT OFF THEN DO IT!!!!!! UNFAIR!!!!!!!!! :(:((:(:(:(::(:(:(:((:(:(:(:((:(:(:(

    March 12, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  581. Ginger

    I think that more school is a bad idea becuase then it puts more stress on the kids who have got used to to the school scedual, and for kids with disablitys the school day is already long enough for them, making them go to school more would be like torcher.

    March 12, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  582. Ace

    No no no no we can't have more school time and days it will hurt my feelings, and make me cry Obama doesn't want little kids crying does he? i think he does

    March 12, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  583. christina

    I think that we do not need longer school days our school days are long anouth!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  584. Krista

    No more school that would be bad
    I really think we spend enough time in school what else could we possibly do in a school day my teachers already cant find enough for us to do And I already dont get quality time with my family cause I am in school so much that I barley get to see my family cause of our busy schedule

    March 12, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  585. Blake

    I need more school now! I wish school was nine and a half hours because I can learn more!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  586. Jacob

    I don't think we need more time at school because I like being home.

    March 12, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  587. becky

    no obama should not put in more school hours.
    he should be working on the economy first and work with other plans later.

    March 12, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  588. Samantha

    I think that we shouldn't have longer school day's because we already have 7 hours a day.

    March 12, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  589. Cheyenne

    I think that we should have more time of school. We should have
    more school because we learn more.

    March 12, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  590. Ethan

    I think school should be six hours instedea of seven.I do not agree with pres.Oboma.I LIKE SIX HOURS. No! no!!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  591. Lauren

    I think Obama made a bad choice because we already have a lot of time in school.

    March 12, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  592. James

    No thank you. I feel that we go to school to much as it is, and we can sometimes hardly hold up to our standerds for homework. Dont forget that there are after school activities that may be very important to those that try there butts off, and are doing there best with there homework.

    March 12, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  593. Ashley

    I don't think we need anymore time in school. 6 and a half hours is enough. We still need our free time

    March 12, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  594. Alex

    I think that the current school system needs to be completely redone. We need lots more time in schools and the standards need to be raised.

    March 12, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  595. Addie

    No, he is just saying that because he doesn't have to go to school. Thats not fair!

    ~Addie

    March 12, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  596. kathleen

    I think that it would suck if we had more school and if we had more school we would have less sleeping time because wee how be at school like from sunday to sunday mostly and we would go crazy!

    March 12, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  597. Lindsay

    I would not like to go to school longer! Students have lives out of school too!

    March 12, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  598. Colin

    I think that it is a crazy idea it would just make more kids anxious and they would have less time out of school kids need that time and whats the real point and anyone that says they do think we need more school time is crazy

    March 12, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  599. Beau b0

    I think that this is a very bad idea and that we already have enough school to deal with. If we had more school then we wouldn't have very much time for sports or after school activities. If we did then if you had more family occasions and other out of school activities so then we would miss more work and school days, it would also cut vacation times and others.

    March 12, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  600. Matt

    i don't like obamas school plan at all, the only way i would support longer school day is if we had a 4 day week and i think that would be a much better idea that more people including students would agree with.

    March 12, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  601. Lyssa

    That is not a good i deaha becose it is not fare to some kids and parints!

    March 12, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  602. kristen

    I think we are at school long enough already... 8 h.r.s right thats enough to me.I have 6 years left sometimes it gets tiring but I'm staying awake.

    March 12, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  603. Brittani

    Well i think that we should have just the regular tie frame for school days because if there are going to be longer days than I'd rather have it in the afternoon than going into the school super early and than falling asleep and falling on my way to school and they would stink.

    March 12, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  604. annie + morgan

    Morgan- I think it is a terrible idea to lengthen school days and make more of them!!!!!!!
    Annie- Well, personally I don't like it but if the president says its a good idea then it is!!!!!!!!!!GOBAMA

    March 12, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  605. yani

    i think it's really dum and i hate school and it's a very bad idea

    March 12, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  606. Colin

    the maddy girl is crazy how can u love learning and we can hang out out of school and do more fun stuff out side of school we are limited in school

    March 12, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  607. Anna

    I think that longer school days aren't good for a lot of reasons. One, it is proven that after 6 hours of school, we stop concentrating as well, I think it's 6 hours, I'm not sure. Two, even when we're in school, we're still learning A LOT!!! Maybe even more then in school. Three, we do have lives that we need to live, let alone all the homework we get! Four, as important as school is, we also need breaks from work.

    March 12, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  608. Jake

    Longer school days are unnecessary because they will not help with any of our current problems. The extra money that teachers get pay will have to come from somewhere, so all we're really doing is moving the debt, not illuminating it.

    March 12, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  609. Corey

    I think that is stupid because we spend almost all day at school and if it gets longer I will not go.

    March 12, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  610. Zack

    I believe that that is not the answer.
    1. Students need life skills too, and everything doesn't revolve around "basic education" (math, science, social studies...)

    2. Plus there would be a lot of riots from students, parents, and teachers alike

    March 12, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  611. Sean

    Why would someone add more school time to a kids life? Life is to short to have this happen. More than a fifth of our life is during our school years! Carl, how would you feel if you had to record Cnn student news for another hour every day. And I'm sure your tech crew wouldn't do to well either. Think about the kids!!!! : (

    March 12, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  612. Jean

    There are two charter schools in Philadelphia who incorporate longer school days and Saturday School. Saturday School is for struggling students. These students also get mandatory tutoring. The schools are Mastery and KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program). Check them out! You will be pleasantly surprised.

    March 12, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  613. Mr. Mensink's class

    If we had a longer school day then more students would drop out.
    Students can only stay focused for so long, and people will stop paying attention if the school day is any longer.
    Making the day longer would have a negative impact on after school activities and students with jobs after school.
    The cost of school would go up dramatically if we have longer school days.

    March 12, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  614. Jenny

    I think that Obama has a god idea but there would be more kids that wouldn`t like it. Also, it has god things like getting jobs

    March 12, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  615. chelsie

    I believe that adding more time to a school would be a waste of time because that would just cause students to stay home more offten

    March 12, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  616. tasha

    noooooooo! we dont need longer school days.... schools already long enough! school should be shorter...... its already onlg enough.... ughhhhhhhh!

    March 12, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  617. rachel

    i think its a stupid idea. it will just take time out of our lives after we finish school. yes teachers need more money but that can be fixed by a raise. teachers would get even more irratated with their students which would not help the school. and we would need more funding for more stuff because we have all the extra time. most schools don't have that money at this time in the economy.

    March 12, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  618. Ashley

    I find the subject of extra time at school unneccesary, because we already have extra time at school that we don't use, so why add more? six and a half hours are one-fourth of one day and it is not needed for even more amount of time at school when not needed. I find Prestident Obama's bill wrong. Ther should be no extra unneccesary time at an educational building.

    March 12, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  619. Taylor

    I don't think that we should have longer school days/years should be longer, because the three months of summer is like the only time for freedome we have. Plus teachers may want a raise and stuff.

    March 12, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  620. tamara

    I think school is way too long already!!!
    No more SCHOOL!!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  621. penellipe

    hey i strongly think that there is already enough school hours in the day and i think that you shouldn't not add more and the teachers have alot to do also i dont think that they want more hours i am really really thinking that it is a bad idea

    March 12, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  622. Jack

    IS OBAMA NUTS WE SHOULD HAVE LONGER DAYS THAT IS CRAZY
    SAY NO OBAMA CRAZY PEOPLE

    March 12, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  623. ~BIG DAWG~

    IS OBAMA CRAZY!?!?! WHY WOULD HE MAKE SCHOOL DAYS LONGER!?!?! IS HE FREEKIN CRAZY!?!?! THAT IS NOT EVEN RIGHT!!!!! SCHOOL DAYS ARE LONG ENOUGH AS IT IS!!!!! EVERYONE I KNOW HATES SCHOOL!!!!! THAT'S NOT EVEN COOL!!! WHAT DOES HE THINK THAT WE ARE STUPID!?!?! WE DONT NEED MORE TIME AT SCHOOL!!! SCHOOL IS NOT FUN!!! AND IF HE THINKS THAT WE NEED LONGER DAYS THEN MAYBE HE SHOULD GO BACK TO SCHOOL WITH HIS DAUGHTERS!!! ON THAT NOTE WHAT ARE HIS DAUGHTERS SAYING!?!?! THEY CANT BE HAPPY ABOUT IT!!! AND IF THEY ARE WHAT IS THEIR PROBLEM!?!?! WE DON'T NEED LONGER SCHOOL DAYS!!! LIKE I SAID BEFORE, WE SPENT TOO MUCH TIME AT SCHOOL AS IT IS!!! DOES HE THINK THAT WE LIKE IT AT SCHOOL!?! WELL LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING OBAMA, IF YOU THINK WE SHOULD HAVE LONGER DAYS THEN WHY DON'T YOU COME AND SPEND ALL THAT TIME AT SCHOOL INSTEAD OF DOING FUNN STUFF LIKE PLAYING WITH YOUR DAUGHTERS!!! IF OBAMA PASSES THIS LAW HE WON'T SEE HIS DAUGHTERS AS MUCH BECAUSE THEY WILL BE SPENDING ALL THEIR TIME AT SCHOOL!!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  624. Cathy

    President Obama may not know what is really happening in the school!!!!!!! Just making the hours go up doesnt' really mean that the quality of the education will go up nor the relationship between friends become better. Also, about his speech that the world requires schools to expand the time that students at school is with no PROOF or EVIDENCE. But the most shocking thing was about his example of South Korea. I researched his speech and he mentioned South Korea's education policy is better because the students spend more time at school. But as a South Korean High School Student myself, I don't find that very effective as well as my classmates. He should have done more research about South Korea or any other country before making his speech!! Does he KNOW what South Korea's education system is? Well, I don't think so.
    (am i being to harsh? Sorry, no offence.)

    March 12, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  625. Alissa

    NO WE DO NOT NEED MORE TIME IN SCHOOL!!!!! We need a break from school, and we don't get enough time to get away from it because some teachers assign homework EVERY DAY AND EVERY WEEKEND!

    March 12, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  626. aaron

    i stink dat der shud b mor skol tanks karl azus

    March 12, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  627. T

    If you think about it would be nice. One more class a day and friday off......I dont mind. I like 3 day weekends.

    March 12, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  628. Erik

    i am totally behind obama on this one. i would totally love to have more school. it would be better to hang out with my teachers and study in cool kid groups because one day i want to save the ECONOMY!!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  629. Larissa

    I dont think more school time is needed.

    March 12, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  630. melissa

    NO, NO, NO! I would absolutly hate it if we had to go to school even longer. It's not like we don't have enough on are plate, stress, homework, social life, friend issues, everything else NO NO NO!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  631. Tanner

    School days are long enough! If we made the school years longer then we would only have a month nand a half of summer break.

    March 12, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  632. Anna Banana :)

    I don't understand! For the kidds who are not making bad grades then why should they suffer?

    (P.S. It's pronounced ON-uh)

    March 12, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  633. Sebastian

    I think that the school days are already long. by the time i get home from school im half asleep. adding more school time will cut off family time wich is not good.

    March 12, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  634. Annie

    I don't think there should be extended school days because our school hours are perfect. Plus, we learn better when it's limited learning time.

    March 12, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  635. Bethanny

    I'm a senior in High School right now, so it really doesn't affect me. But it really sucks for my younger siblings and cousins if it does pass!
    I can understand why it's need but ... it seems a little extreme!

    March 12, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  636. Jen

    Acctually, having longer school days wouldn't be so bad. Some kids hardly have enough time to finish all of thier work in class, and that means more homework.Usually, the less homework a kid has, the more time a kid has to support his/her family.Just don't add too much time to school days. I don't neccesarily agree with more school days, though, and furthermore, in some schools, kids already have to make up for a lot of snow days!

    March 12, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  637. kong

    i think that if we're going to have more time in school then we should have less days of school. being at school 7 hours a day is already enough. we don't need anymore time. It's like asking a grown up to work overtime every day for the whole year. I know that no one would like that either.

    March 12, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  638. ♥~Sabrina~♥

    I disagree with getting more days and longer days because its stressing enough as it is!!! I don't like the idea because I have Church on Wednesday and Youth on Friday, so when I get home (around 4:00 p.m.) I only have an hour to get what I need done then I leave my house, most likely I didn't finish my homework. Which on Wednesdays' I don't get home till 9:00 p.m. so none of my hw hardly gets done. And on Fridays' I might have the 2/3 day weekend but I'd love to have free time!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  639. Gabe

    I think that making the school days longer is a very bad idea on Obamas part. Kids wont have any time to spend with there families beacuse were in school for 7-10 hours a day. Also it would ruin any time for sports that we do after school. So yea its a bad idea.

    March 12, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  640. Megz

    I don't think that we should have longer school days because people have things to do outside of school. People outside of school also have life's to have people come over. My mom works at the elementary school and then comes home and cooks us dinner. Well if we stay longer at school we will want to eat dinner at school also which means they need more money for the schools.

    March 12, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  641. Nik

    i dont think we should have more school unless we only had school for 4 days and had longer days

    March 12, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  642. Hannah

    NO SCHOOL SUCKS

    March 12, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  643. Sammie

    In my school district they are thinking of making the year short and the days longer. Obamma should think of doing the same... 🙂

    March 12, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  644. Lauren

    In Maine we already have so many snow days that if we went longer in the school year, we would be going until July.

    March 12, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  645. Izze

    NO LONGER SCHOOL DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  646. Aimee and kaianne

    I think the way the school days are now are just fine, because if the school days are any longer then the students will get even tired and won't want to do any school/homework.

    March 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  647. melanie and addie

    I dont think its a bad idea to add a little bit more time in school. Its just more learning. I dont mind!

    March 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  648. Meriel

    NO! THATS HORRIBLE! WHAT WOULD WE DO?! AND YOU ALREADY TAKE AWAY THE SUNNIEST PART OF THE DAY. And we work hard for that 2 months of summer. And what about after school stuff?!

    March 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  649. Joey

    NO please do not make us go to school any more than what we have to now!!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  650. Hannah

    NO we shouldn't have longer school days because kids need to do other things besides getting educated. we have hobbies and sports that we have to do, too.

    March 12, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  651. Rachel

    No. I don't think anybody wants longer school days.

    March 12, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  652. muffin

    we do not need more schoool

    March 12, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  653. Anonymous

    I definetly disagree with president obama. As long as most of the children of America are paying attention in class everyday; than having more and longer days would be a waste of the school's money.

    March 12, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  654. skippy

    No it would interfere with sports.

    March 12, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  655. Ellie

    No No No!!!!!!! We already go to school for 7 hours a day and more hours would be dreadful! I vote is NO! We have to go to school to much like over our whole life!

    March 12, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  656. Erin

    Longer school days! No way! I could not stand school to be longer. I wake up with less than eight hours of sleep and go to bad late because of how much homework ! If anything I would want to the school day to be shorter! And how long my school is right now I would not perfer it to be longer

    March 12, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  657. JUSTIN

    We shouldn't have longer school days because it is boring enough as it is.

    March 12, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  658. Addie

    Schools importand and the more school, then the better future!!

    March 12, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  659. Kole

    I cant bare school as it is. School is boring and if we would had more it would interfere with our sports. If we do we should have a nap time for kids K-12. If you laugh you are immature i think nap times are fantastic

    March 12, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  660. AnnaLecia

    I don't think that the school days should be longer because school is already too long. My school already had to start school 5 minutes earlier. I think it is stupid and not needed.

    March 12, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  661. Taylor♥

    Ok so I think that we shouldnt get time added on because for the people who want extra time in school they can do summer school and stuff so it shouldnt matter

    March 12, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  662. Bryce

    I think that it would be unecessary for us to have longer school days. The length of the days and the years that we go to school is fine how it is. It's not like were not learning enough stuff. There are plenty of people who are successful who had the same amount of school days that we have. I don't know why Obama thinks that we should have to spend more time in school or what his reasoning for it is.

    March 12, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  663. Dylan

    I think that we are doing just fine with the schedual we already have so we shouldnt have any more time added on.

    March 12, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  664. Shyla

    I think there should be more time. Because maybe students need more time to get their work done. Some might not like the advantage about having mote time at school. But thats my word on this subject.

    March 12, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  665. andrew

    its a bad idea

    March 12, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  666. luke

    we already had time added on so i dont want more

    March 12, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  667. Sarah- Rose

    NO! school is definatly long enouph. we already have to go to school all day and then have to go home and do homework. i think that if we do get more time added to school every kid in america will hate him.

    March 12, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  668. Kassie

    I think that it is a very bad idea to add on to school because then us kids will get really mad at everyone because then it would be to much school for us usand it would be boring. We already added 5 whole minutes on to it so why add more.

    March 12, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  669. olivia

    i think it will be okay to ohav emore days of schooo lesse time at home and sokme kids may enjoy that and i know i would and i beleinve personally it is a good idea!

    March 12, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  670. Maddie

    I am a very strong supporter of President Barak Obama, and I think that his proposal to lengthen school is a very smart idea. Of course i dont want to go to school for longer, and my friends and fellow classmates don't want to either. Although America is falling way behind in education, and we are one of the least educated countries in the world- even though we are the strongest. So i definately agree that we need to even it out, because you can't be a strong country if you're not educated enough.

    March 12, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  671. Brian

    I dont want more school Obama(.......)

    March 12, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  672. Jane

    I think that we should have longer school days and not HAVE MORE SCHOOL DAYS because I mean we need summer vacation! its a must that we have summer vacation!

    March 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  673. Perry

    CARL, school should stay the same because if you made kids stay longer than they might try less at their work

    March 12, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  674. Dustin

    I think thats taking our rights away. School is hard enough and we really don't need to add more time on to school. We might not have much homework but that just means the school work will be harder.

    Students have a life as well they need to be able to pay rent, pay for food and gas and if school is going to start at 7am & end at 8pm. That will mess up their whole pay rate. & they might have to cut their hours just to go to school.
    + we had this whole thing about the budget and obama thinks he could change the peoples mind after that. He clearly doesnt know how much money all this will cost !

    Teachers should not get paid by how their students do or even come to school. The teachers should get paid the way they are now.

    Also the students should not be Categorized.
    Obama has great ideas but this one is not it. He needs to get the United States out of the black whole before he brings ideas of education in.

    March 12, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  675. Brandon

    A couple weeks ago we were talking about shorter school days to save money on buses and everything and now we are talking about longers school days i think we should have shorter school days not just because almost everyone hates school ,it saves money and way easier on the economy.

    March 12, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  676. Mrs. DeJute's Class

    Longer school days is a terrible idea! Most students are tired & shut down later in the afternoon. Our school currently gets released at 4:15 which is way too late. I definitely notice more participation and activity in the morning hours.

    March 12, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  677. lucette

    Our class wrote such a good blog yesterday about extended school day and year. It is a shame it was not included in the comments list.

    March 12, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  678. Madalyn,Brandi,& Myranda

    No.No.No.No! i really dont think that we should have to go to school longer..seriously! its just going to be harder for students to concentrate..it already is now with all thats happening in the world..more school days=more unhappy students..and that = unhappy parents! we all know thats not good!!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  679. mo

    I hate more school. It is just the right time. It should actually end a little earlier so that we can spend more time with our families. It is no fun for a lot of people to go to school even longer. More school is not good!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  680. nope

    i don't think we need more time at school. it could even end earlier. we already cram to get stuff done and have time with friends.

    March 12, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  681. Wednesday

    I Think that is CRAZY. i would hate to have school longer becasue a lot of club sports go right after sachool. and then no one would wan to come to school cuz they think it would be stupid

    March 12, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  682. katie

    I think that we have enough time in school already, and don't need anymore.

    March 12, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  683. maddi

    I dont think we should have more time i school. I would hate to go longer because a lot of activiteis are right after school and cant be anyother time because it wont be light outside. We already have commitments too. Heck No.....

    March 12, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  684. catherine

    i think we should not have more school because we will not learn anything because we are already tired by the end of the day and if we go more we wont pay attiontion cause we will be to tired

    March 12, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  685. Gina♥

    I wouldn't like school to be longer. If you extended the day, there wouldn't be as much time to do homework and hang out with your friends. And extending the year, we wouldn't have as much time to do things during summerbreak. and everyone would get annoyed with each other and more people woould fight.

    March 12, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  686. Sadie

    I think that we DO NOT need more school time! I mean We are JUST KIDS! You need time to BE KIDS and he wants to take that away from us? So he wants a smarter nation? THERE WILL ALWAYS BE:
    Stupid people
    Smart people
    People are PEOPLE
    We are human!

    March 12, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  687. Bella

    I think that it would be ok to let it go later. But not more days.

    March 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  688. Angelo

    I think school is very boring as it is. If we had extra school time I would probally start a redalion and not go to school.

    March 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  689. ???

    NONONO!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO no more school!!!! If he does anything to affect school he should take AWAY from the hours!!!!!! People are already boared and they will just not come to school. And i think it will increase the drop out rate. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! please don't add hours please!!!!!!!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  690. Morgan

    i think adding more school is the STUPIDEST thing i have EVER heard in my life!!! enough ppl skip school already. adding MORE will cause more kids to drop out. And ya obama the economy is bad. i hope you expect to cough up millions of dollars to add to all the teachers pay checks. i like obama but the ecomony has gone to hell and he's kinda making somse pretty retarded choices so far. sp ya i think it is a REALLY dumb idea. and DUH teenagers have BUSY lives being in school a couple hours longer is gonna wreck there life!!!!!!! 8 months a year of school is enough. stop trying to be smart and smell the god dang roses!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  691. Leeroy

    I think it is a good idea. It gets students ready to work for more hours a day. Teachers also seem to need more time to teach. The only probelem would be that the teachers may run out of things to teach by the end of the year.

    March 12, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  692. Natalie

    we spend more time at our school then we do at home i think we have enough of school and we should have some extra time to spend with our family and friends because we work so hard in school, we should deserve to get a break once in a while for all of our hard work.

    March 12, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  693. Paige

    i don't tihnk more time is needed in school because it would make the day go shorter true story!!! and i hav the best teacher!!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  694. Leroy

    I think we have enough school per day/year. I need time at home after school to relax. I wake up early enough for a day of school. I also could not stand it if summer break was shorter. If school was longer, i would hate school even more.

    March 12, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  695. anna

    😦 y in the world do we need more shool?????

    March 12, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  696. Shanice

    More time at school will hinder a child's ability to be attentive in a school environment. So basically more time at school would just hurt a child's education.

    March 12, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  697. Tay

    If you make school days longer there will be less time for after-school activities. Also, kids will be irritable and half asleep by the end of the day after non-stop mind-numbing questions in so many classes. Having longer school years will put students in an outrage.

    U ROCK, CARL!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  698. Bomar the Barber

    I think that children should get out of school earlier so they can have enough time to come get a haircut! Kids sure do need a haircut.

    March 12, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  699. Tay

    Having longer school days and years would be torture!!!

    : (

    March 12, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  700. Savanna

    Personally, I think that six or seven hours of school is enough work in a day for a student. Also, keeping a student in school for more time is depriving them of having a social life at home especially for those with long bus rides. If Obama were going to extend the day to let's say, 5: 30, some kids wouldn't even get home until six, or six thirty. It's not right to make a student work longer at school because then they are torn away from life at home.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  701. hi

    Why have more time at school if we already have trouble wuth school already. It is already hard enough to try to pass the 8th grade.It needs to be longer summer breaks and students dont have to get up so early and get up and go.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  702. Kelsey

    I think school years are fine the way they are. If we increase school time kids are going to hate school, because its to long. I think it will make kids unmotivated to finish the year strong when their looking forward to their three month summer vacation.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  703. Alec

    I think Obama might be going mad. I think there is enough school as there is. Even though people think that we don’t have enough time for school well I think they are WRONG!

    March 12, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  704. alex

    Longer school days would accomplish so much. Children would have less time to get involved with drugs and illegal/immoral (by whoever’s standards) acts. There was never enough time to finish what we were trying to study and I don’t remember how many times we did not make it all the way through the topics that we were told that we were going to discuss that year. With more time a discussion session could be added to the end of classes to make school more interactive and interesting.
    Of course adding hours to elementary would be incredible as long as schools bring back recess and imaginative classes like art, music, and lots of gym classes to go with recess for the little ones. With longer days the kids could have the breaks that they need so that they can sit still better the rest of the time. If teachers didn’t have to spend as much energy trying to get kids to sit still because the kids were burning off the pent up energy we could slow this push to medicate all the little boys because so many kids on ADHD meds are NORMAL. Little kids don’t sit still well. It is a fact. Give them recess, play-time, and breaks and most will function better and longer days would allow for that. This could also help out parents everywhere if they no longer had to shell out so much money for babysitters or after school programs because they’re kids get out of school 2.5 hours before they get out of work. We’re still running off of the old system where the school expects mom to be sitting at home with nothing else to do but take care of her kids. (Not knocking those who do. If you have the time and money more power to you, but most simply don’t.) Longer school days would help so much.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  705. Hannah

    I don’t think we should have extended days or any more days. Plenty of people have been successful without it so why would we need a change? If you have too many days or the school day is long it might be too much to handle, if that happens students will be tired and unwilling to cooperate at school. The school year should stay the same way.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  706. Megan

    I disagree with President Obama, we shouldn't have more time in school. My school is already making up time for snow days and we have a lot of work put on us. Now that we are just about to go into high school, our teachers have piled work on us. Besides, how are the states going to pay for the teachers extra pay when the economy is so bad right now! Now is not the time for more time in school.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  707. monster13

    no, because With the schedule we have, were busy as it is. With homework if we stay in school longer that could double. We have school for 8 hours. That’s long enough!

    March 12, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  708. maren

    I don’t think this is a very good idea. I think that we won’t be able to have our own life. We would have too much homework also. I also think that we would get tired of school and a lot of people won’t come to school after a while. That is what I think on this subject.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  709. biohazard940

    we dun need yalls edumacations. us are smart enuff to understand with no skool

    March 12, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  710. derick

    we don't need more school because its long enough as it is.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  711. Jake

    WE DONT NEED NO YALLS EJAMUCATION... WE GOTS US TARGET PRACTICE OUR BACK YARD

    March 12, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  712. Cristian

    Well first of all I think Obama is going nuts because he’s not in school and we need to have some active time and its wrong it’s not right for us to have all day at school and not doing sports so OBAMA UR NUTSSSS.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  713. Devyn

    students don't need more hours for school, and we already are over our minimum hours needed for the year. Also, we (including teachers) dont need the summer break shortened.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  714. cameron

    WE DONT NEED YALLS EJAMACTION... WE GOT TARGET PRACTICE IN ARE BACKYARD........

    March 12, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  715. Cassie

    I do not think president Obama should make the school year longer. We all need a sociel life that does not involve sitting in desks and almost everyone needs there accational alone time away from work and stress.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  716. Shane

    no no no we don't need more school i actually think we need less school like 4 days a week. we dont need any more . Please don't add any more days of school.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  717. puddy cat

    i think that this is so syupid i dont think that we should have more hours.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  718. biohazard940

    we dun need yalls edumacations. us ar smart enuff with no skool

    March 12, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  719. Mishaela

    NO WAY! Come on Mr. President don't you remember being a kid. The school days drag on and the year last foever. Making the school year longer would cut into the summer. That is so important to kids. That is when most kids grow and get their exersize. What would your girls say?

    March 12, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  720. dq;jbask;nvqa

    I think six hours of school is enough for kids. If they added school days and hours 99.9% of kids would probably be miserable. We would lose sleep, be more stressed out, lose our Summer days, and ,most kids would just give up. I know i would if i had to go to school longer. I already hate it as it is.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  721. :)amyi(:

    I dont thik we need more school time it just ruins our hours in the day.We already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  722. Daehee

    Of Course not!!!!
    I think that school time shouldn't be longer because then student's thinking abilities will lag just like old computers since they learned so many things that they can't learn any more things such as sports and playing an instrument.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  723. Stephanie

    8 hours is good enough because most of my friends can't finish their schoolwork and stay in their pert-time job...

    March 12, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  724. Drew

    I think school should definitely stay the way it is. The way the country is now, there is not enough extra money to pay for the added hours.

    P.S. Us Current Event's class takers in Kansas are wondering when my comments are ever going to be posted on the air! Can you work this out for us, Carl?

    March 12, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  725. Geoffrey

    No, I don't agree, but I do think that school hours should be earlier than they are now.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  726. Jacob

    No, I think that we have plenty of hours of school and we don't really need our break shortened. I think some teachers at my school would say the same.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  727. Katherine

    I think this idea is ludacris! Seven hours is enough. Anymore time would cause students to limit or give up after school activitys. Thus, increasing the possibility of childhood obesity. Also, staying up late doing homework, may cause children to not get enough sleep. Which would make students have trouble focussing the following day.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  728. Tiffany

    Kids already fall asleep in class. Wouldn't making school hours longer make them want to fall asleep even more? so i say NO LONGER SCHOOL HOURS!

    March 12, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  729. Kaloeb

    I think school should be shorter because kids would go crazy.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  730. Natasha

    I think it's kinda stupid to change school length. We'd have to give up activities that keep us from getting obese, and some people have jobs after school, and if they have to give that up it wouldn't do us any good. Besides, who wants to give up their summer vacation just so we could learn?

    March 12, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  731. louie

    No, school seems long enough and adding time to school days also adds on to elctricity bills heating bills...

    March 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  732. emma

    please no i'm on my knees and plus you might think i'm lazy but i think 8 hours is enogh!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  733. josie

    NO! I don't want longer school days because of all of my sports.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  734. Kimberly

    I think school days are fine as they are! I think that we shouldn't go to school longer because kids do fall alseep in class and longer school days will make them go to sleep even longer. But don't get me wrong I do love school but I also love summer breaks. And the kids who don't like longer school days will make them not want to go to school or even drop out. Me personally would like to stay in school longer but me not thinking about myself and the people who wouldn't go to school or even do bad things because school would be longer and they wouldnt want to go. And there are so many drop outs now and think if they do say we have to go to school longer there will be even more drop outs and people skipping class and doing more spray painting and disstroying everyone's COMMUNITY!..

    March 12, 2009 at 7:04 pm |
  735. leslie,annette,karla

    Totally NO Carl!!!we really should NOT have more hours at school and NO more days because it's BORING! We really NEED to spend time at are friends house and spend time with our FAMILY!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  736. Maggie

    NO!!!! i think that school is enough for kids because right now we dont even pay attention so imagine obama putting more hours we should be sleeping by now!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  737. Joonhee

    It's good that President Obama is thinking about improving our school system but I don't think extending the school year or hour is going to help us that much. Rather, I think states should consider about more flexible school standards so that teachers can spend more time interacting with students. So, I think the quality of teaching is what matters here, not how long this teaching is going to be.

    March 12, 2009 at 7:18 pm |
  738. MuffinMan

    I think Mr. Obama is right. Besides what would most kids be doing at home besides videogames and nonsense like that. An extra hour at school could give us time to do all our homework. Please America don't be mad at me

    March 12, 2009 at 7:25 pm |
  739. Brianna

    I think that most kids are already hating school aready and not doing there homework, and if you make longer school day even more kids are gonna start hating school, and not doing homework, and Obama is also forgeting that some kids go to church on Wendsdays, and about longer school day, I would feel trapped and like my freedom and freetime has been took away, I love summer, summer vaction is the one big thing that keeps me from hating school more than I do now, and I think most kids agree with me!

    ~Brianna

    March 12, 2009 at 7:38 pm |
  740. laci

    Are You KIDDING!!!!! NO Way!!! ARE you crazy!

    March 12, 2009 at 8:12 pm |
  741. Chris

    School days are as fine as they are. I don't think that school should be extended. I actually think that they should be shortned. This decision to extened hours can cause more and more students to drop-out. We don't need any kids dropping-out of school. We're also in a recession and we don't need extra expenses right now.

    March 12, 2009 at 8:27 pm |
  742. Staci

    I think that the school days are long enough as it is...and we already spend enough time in school, if anything we need shorter days...

    March 12, 2009 at 8:27 pm |
  743. Tyler

    I think that students do not need more time at school. Most students can learn everything they need to in the amount of time their school is now.

    March 12, 2009 at 8:41 pm |
  744. AJ

    If schools are trying to cutback why would you spend more money on something we don't need?I think it's a really bad idea.

    March 12, 2009 at 8:42 pm |
  745. Buster23

    That is not the type of approach that we need, the school days are long enough, so I don't think that he should try to do that, and make the school years longer? I think that kids wouldn't be able to pay attention! So i vote NO! But i think that it would be better if school started later,but was still the same length, i think that people would be able to pay attention more.

    March 12, 2009 at 8:45 pm |
  746. Jennifer

    I think if this bill is past and we get more school in the future, the school will :
    1. Have less kids willingly wanting to learn.
    2. More tired kids.
    So I hope that this school bill is rejected and thrown on the ground and trampled on by angery wolves!
    Keep up the good work Carl!

    March 12, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  747. adriana

    i think adding school hours is... not the right way to go.
    kids won't go; i wouldn't.

    March 12, 2009 at 9:10 pm |
  748. Jared

    I feel kids should spend more time on their academics to help them get into a better colledge, to get better jobs, and to get better grades

    March 12, 2009 at 9:22 pm |
  749. Ashley

    I don't understand. I told my teacher that we're gonna have more school time but then she said "No, we're gonna have less school time." so which one is correct?

    March 12, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  750. Mo

    DUDE! Obama should not put in longer school days because kids have extra stuff to do after school,like football,or baseball or watever. Plus it cuts out our times as kids to have fun and hang out with our friends.

    March 12, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  751. Erin

    I seriously think that Barak Obama is making a mistake. I see his piont if it's two extra hours of school and no homework, but if it's two more hours of school and homework, i'd surly go crazy.

    March 12, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  752. Sierra

    Even imagining being trapped in school an extra hour is torture, but unfortunetely it will benefit us in the long run. Our students will become higher educated, transfer to colleges, then into jobs. Our workforce will be extremely strong, with many well-educated workers. As much as i hate to admit it, more hours of learning will help/

    March 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  753. Adrian

    As long as the school YEAR is way shorter it's ok

    March 12, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  754. Meredith

    I sit on the fence for this issue.
    It is estimated that by 2010-correct me if that date is wrong- the things our generation learned in school will be no longer correct. Our methods would be out-of-date, and information will change every three days.
    Now, I definitely don't want longer school, but am also worried about our slowly aging info. But, we would just spend time learning more information that would eventually be outdated. I think we should wait until the time is right, and certainly not waste this money in a way that could end up being costly in the future.
    So, the question is, Could Obama's plan help our generation's knowledge NOW?

    March 12, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  755. Eddie

    I'm not a big fan of school as it is and adding more time seems like punishment. School is meant for learning not punishing.So, my thoughts on president Obama wanting more school and longer school days well, I think president Obama should be careful what he does or some kids that loved him are going to turn on him. I know plenty of kids who love Obama but, after hearing that he wanted longer school days and more of them they were OUTRAGED!(I was never a big fan of him in the first place).

    March 12, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  756. Katlynn

    I don't think we need to have more school days/hours. We have enough as it is, and if you add more to it, we will all be stressed out because we have no free time to our selves to be kids.

    March 12, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  757. Drake

    I do not see a positive outcome to result from lengthening the school hours. I feel that the fundamental problem with student success does not lie in the hours spent in "study", but rather in the quality and organization of the curriculum. In fact, lengthening school hours, with respect to the current status which American children suffer from, could further a the resentment for the schooling environment and instill laziness. The American youth and schooling system has become a mass of decadance with diminishing personal standards and ethical values. I think that if there were to be an increase in the standards of teaching, such that students can learn for themselves the value of education and not shy away from the work required for personel achievement, success would be a much more common phenomenon.

    March 12, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  758. Collin

    Who in their right mind would EVER wan to have longer days?? Seriously, we don't want to loose any of our brain-frying time.

    March 12, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  759. Brit

    We the people?? No way. More like we the president. geez

    March 12, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  760. Nicole

    I don't think people should do this, especially if you have he WORST teachers, which I dont, but I did...
    We need more time to be kids.
    we do forget stuff over the summer, but I have a solution for that, make a packet with 90 pages, so you coud do a page a day over the summer, if you want!

    March 12, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  761. beth

    I wouldn't mind more school as long as no homework becomes a rule! .....And we could see more cnn student news reports! Go Carl!

    March 13, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  762. Jordon

    Recession..are u kidding...how did that happen....I think its the education system that is messed up...yeah.. so it should have the responsibility to try and recreate our shool system

    March 13, 2009 at 12:56 am |
  763. Crystal

    Hi Carl,

    It's me again.

    I think that I might change my mind about the school thing.

    I have noticed that people in the new generation is getting very dumb.

    They never do their homework, therefore, they don't learn!

    I believe that because the U.S. is a first world country, we should be really smart!

    P.S. Tell us when are you going to post our comments.

    March 13, 2009 at 1:36 am |
  764. Sarah

    i go to a christian school so i already have longer school hours that i public school i believe so i really don't want anymore school than we already have and plus i play sports so it reallly won't work out if we had longer school days

    March 13, 2009 at 2:32 am |
  765. Jasmine

    Everyone makes mistake but if this happens I think it will be a huge mistake. I'm just satisfied with the school as it is. Not to much and not to less. It is perfectly balanced right now. I really hope this doesn't happen.ф

    March 13, 2009 at 3:31 am |
  766. Al

    More time in the classroom means more money to pay teachers and staff with, in this economic crisis the U.S. government needs every penny to save the economy.

    March 13, 2009 at 7:42 am |
  767. Alconbury students

    Obama is wrong students are all ready tired in school so longer hours and years won't help and more class mean less time with family and we do have social lives!!!!! and i am at alconbury in englan but this still effects we here dont have many half terms so we deserve a vacation and all the student here try there best to A students.!!! 🙂

    u rock we watch u almost every day!!!!!!!!

    March 13, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  768. Katie

    I think we should not have longer school days. First of all, we already have to get up at 5:30 AM every morning anyway! If there are longer school days, then we will have to get up earlier. I don't think I would like that. Also, thank you for posting a shout out to my school Carl!

    March 13, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  769. TASHIRA

    I THINK THAT WE SHOULDN'T GET MORE TIME AT SCHOOL BECAUSE WHEN PEOPLE GO HOME THEY HAVE TO GO HOME AND DO OTHER STUFF SUCH AS WATCH THEIR SIBLINGS OR DO THEIR CHORES OR MAYBE FINISH UP SOME HOMEWORK={SO I THINK THAT WE SHOULDN'T GET MORE TIME AT SCHOOL EVEN THOUGH I LIKE SCHOOL A LOT AND WHEN I'M HOME BORED...I TELL MY MOM I WISH I WAS IN SCHOOL.

    March 13, 2009 at 9:02 am |
  770. paige

    After school I am always playing outside enless in not the right weather I play wii. I think 8 hours of school is too long! SO why nine! We should get time to play and go home with out waiting an extra hour!PS:Carl you rock!

    March 13, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  771. Nikki

    HECK NO!!!! We work as hard as it is already and if we do then i think we might do worse. We need rest too because if we're all stressed out then we won't do well in school! 😦

    March 13, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  772. Jubi

    I have a neutral opinion on this. I will say yes if Obama will only give us 55% less homework, challenging tests of 10th grade and teach us more about the Soviet Union and Lenin,Karl Marx,and Stanley and there ideas.I will say no if the teachers don't get paid more to teach us hard things like atoms, nuclers, and about things in each iteams.

    March 13, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  773. Jesell

    I think we need a little more time in school because our teacher are always running out of time to finish their lessons.We always have to rush when we go to specials (music,art,P.E., and computer).Also at the end of the year they diddn't teach everything that they wanted to teach us because we leave school so early and everything we do is about 30-40 minutes long.Plus our teachers should get paid more because they are so nice and teach a lot. And we might get a longer recess and personaly I really don't have anything to do at home when I finish my homework because they don't give us a lot of homework. But when we go to middle school we won't even have time for free time.

    March 13, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  774. Ashton

    NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!! We don't need more time.We all ready have to go eight hours! THINK ABOUT IT !!!!!!!!

    March 13, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  775. Osakis, MN 4th Graders

    We say no. Other famous people like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Albert Einstein that have impacted the world did not go to school longer.

    We would like to spend more time with our families. Longer school days means less time with our families.

    March 13, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  776. samuel

    more time at school are you crazy or what ok maby we do need some more class time for thoes people how think they need it but for me you will kill me if you give me more time at school.

    March 13, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  777. Dani

    I think that school days are long already. It would just have kids start dropping out more. You don't need to make more kids drop out. Keep the school days how they are.

    March 13, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  778. j-dog

    no i dont think we shuld have longer scchool. i think time they give us now is just enough.

    March 13, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  779. jontam

    i think the school days are already too long and most of the things you learn at school are boring.

    March 13, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  780. coins

    what! we already have enough school hours and days. what is he thinking? we could not have longer school years because were already way to crazy!!!!!!

    March 13, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  781. Elizabeth

    I am all for it! If it improves our smarts, and greaters our chance to get into a good college, I'd vote yes!

    March 13, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  782. Laiken

    I don't think that school should be any longer than it already is. Many students have a hard time in school, and it just isn't the best place for them to be. Also kids need a chidlhood and by extending the school day it would rob them of the few years of their lives without many responsibilities.
    P.S.
    If Obama wants to get re-elected then GOOD LUCK because kids from about seventh grade on will be able to vote in the next election and wont be too happy about losing their summer vactions and spending extra time at school! So he better hope that there are a lot of old people who like him or he won't be re-elected......

    March 13, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  783. Maggie

    I don't think that students need longer days at school because many kids do well in school so the school day is long enough. The kids that are doing well chose not to do well. Making the day longer wouldn't help.

    March 13, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  784. Christina in Mr. Koczot's class

    no thank you!!!!!! i think that we have enough school as it is !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it would be terrible not to see my teachers but come on more school time with them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what is the point of that?????!!!!!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  785. Matthew

    Having more and longer school is not a smart or even a creditable idea. Some student can barely even deal with school or what happens there as it is if we lengthen the time we are there the more and more kids will strike out for te freedom of no school.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  786. matthew

    The last thing we need is more time in school i mean come on we already have to wake up earlier than usual and making the days longer is only gonna make it worse and drop the scores even more

    March 13, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  787. Emily

    We shouldn't have to suffer isn't 5 days a week a nough for us kids we have other activites too!! you know and places to go

    DON'T LET US HAVE MORE DAY'S IN
    SCHOOL PLEASE Mr.Obama!!!!!

    March 13, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  788. coleman

    it's good because it improves our skills for our jobs in the future.

    March 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  789. Davida

    No, I do not agree with us having more time at school. We need to spend more time with our family,We would be exhusted if we had homework if school days were longer and wont be able to do our work the next day. Our days are long enough, besides you would have more teenagers dropping out of school.

    March 13, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  790. Keegan

    Come on more school I don't even think so!

    March 13, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  791. Matthew

    I like school and all but Idon't think that Barack should make school longer for kids in elementry.

    March 13, 2009 at 6:59 pm |
  792. andy

    I think students should not have more hours in school, because students are becomeing less active and by adding more school time just makes them spend more time in school then outside.

    March 13, 2009 at 7:26 pm |
  793. Sierra

    I don't think school should be longer. If Obama does make school longer they should spend some money and improve some schools.

    March 13, 2009 at 7:27 pm |
  794. naudia

    I think we shouldn't because we will lose alot of our vacation and I would like to spend time with my family and cut slack from school for awhile.

    March 13, 2009 at 7:39 pm |
  795. Austin

    I don't really think we should go to school more. We already go 6 hours, and 180 days, and I think that's enough.

    March 13, 2009 at 7:41 pm |
  796. Ethan

    we already go 180 days and dont get any sping break so why make us go more.

    March 13, 2009 at 7:59 pm |
  797. Kelly

    I don't think that we should have more time in school because 8 hours plus homework is already a lot for us to handle, and adding on another hour plus homework is a ton. It would cause us to stay up later at night doing our homework which would make us do poorly on tests and quizzes cause we would be exhausted.

    March 13, 2009 at 9:37 pm |
  798. Lara

    I do not think there should be more shcool. Kids now don't like school so i don't see why they would want more. Most people think of school as a prison and why would you like to stay in prison longer? Obama is not considering how the students will feel about this even if it is better for the future its just not right

    March 13, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  799. Emily

    I don't think that school should be lengthened any more because we're already in school enough as it is. A lot of our students get up at six, are at school by eight, and are at school until three, longer for extra-curricular activities. If the President were to make school longer, I think that we would see a lot hiigher percentage rate of drop-outs, and at an earlier age, and people are already complaining enough about how all these kids are dropping out of school. They make it sound like we're just awful kids, and they need to look at things other than statistics.

    March 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  800. KINARA

    I tink that we shouldn't have longer days at school. It's boering enough already...so why bother to make even more boering. 🙂

    March 13, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  801. Paris

    I think Obama has a point there, maybe longer school days would be a good idea. But, what about after school activities? I myself would probably be fine if school days were a little bit longer, but what about family time, and homework time? What if us kids like actually having day-light to do our activities after school? Sure, longer school days would make it so that we could have more time to learn new things, but if I had a choice of having longer school days, I would say no if more than an hour was added. There are way to many "What if's" in this situation for me to agree.

    March 14, 2009 at 8:23 am |
  802. Christine

    nooooooooooooooooooooo~!!!!!!!

    March 14, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  803. Karleigh

    People call me crazy for loving school. But just think about how terrible life would be without school! We would be dumb. We wouldn't have as much friends. What would you talk about with your friends that you met outside of school because there was no school! Life as we know it would never be the same!

    March 14, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  804. Chiki

    I think school days and school years or perfecly fine........... i don't think we need school to be any longer .......... how would that help ???

    March 14, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  805. Chikis

    I do not agree. Longer school days would mean more costs for everything including electricity , food , and any materials . And during this time when are economy is in such bad shape i don't think its a good option.

    March 14, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  806. Noname

    More time in school????????????? Are you kidding me we already are overwhelmed with senseless work what more they give us? Obama this is the dumbest thing you could choose to do because if you go through with this there will be a massive amount of drop outs and I'll be one of them

    March 14, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  807. Zack

    well we don't need longer school days because we can get through every thing just as fast with out longer days and besides i can barely stand 8 hours of school why should you make it longer. that could interfere with plans you have with friends and family if the school day is longer

    March 14, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  808. razzle

    I dont really mind actually, as i see it i really do want longer hours of class. Its hard to cram with all these knowledge in class in just an hour. Especially if your in AP, where you are in need of the teacher, but cant because you'll lag behind from the AP test. Only time you can go to the teacher is After school, but even so, i have to go straight home to do chores and such. With longer school/class hours, i believe we can actually learn more then we currently are, and finish homework in class and have our leisure time. I mean look at the other countries, some countries have longer school days then ours. They may think its boring, but they have higher education then ours.

    March 14, 2009 at 7:02 pm |
  809. Olivia

    I say no, because we would get bored and tired. And I know Obama wants us for our eduaction and degree. But we're still gonna be in school threw 12 grade. (for us middle school and pre-schoolers).

    HI MR. LAFAVE!!!

    March 14, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  810. cheyenne

    What are you crazy obama we go 8hours day.Isn't that enough? It is for us. Hey that is my opoin....

    March 15, 2009 at 12:13 am |
  811. Dianexis

    I think that this is a good idea. I sometimes feel that our teachers have to rush lesson plans in order to fit everything into one class period.

    March 15, 2009 at 3:16 am |
  812. Ashley

    I think we need more school days because I think we doesn't have enough now.

    March 15, 2009 at 4:41 am |
  813. Sandra

    As a parent of 6 kids, no more time is needed IN the classroom...what IS needed is more FAMILY and CHURCH TIME and this sort of ridiculous proposal cuts right into that. Schools need to make better use of the time they already have the kids! Kids need down time with their family and LESS involvement with the gov't schools!!!

    March 15, 2009 at 8:53 am |
  814. Meghan

    I think that there should not be longer school days. I am not just saying this because I think school is boring, I just think that if we had longer days they would be too long and students would not have as much time to study and do their homework. Longer days would also affect teachers. Everyone has to remember that teachers have their own families too and they have to spend time with them.

    March 15, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  815. Divya

    The school days are long enough and i think that only state's governments/counties have the power to change school times, not the federal government. They would have to work aomwthing out, that could take a long time, and in my county, the yare alreay changing the school times, so we don't have to wake up so early, its a state power, amendment 11!

    March 15, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  816. rahsan

    more school days. i dont think so. are you serious. okay school is already 8-9 hours a day. if we have more school hours then you can say thats half a day. what about our rest. you got my vote as a NO!
    And besides my plan is actually since there are 12 months in a year, why not have 6 months of summer and 6 months of school. and 3 months in the 1st semester and the other 3 months in the 2nd semester. but right now its 10 months of school, and 2 and half months of summer. we have 5 months in 1 semester and another 5 months in the 2nd semester. why not just do it the way i said. then everybody would be satisfied.

    March 15, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  817. Alexis

    I think we should have alittle bit of extra credit but not to much because we would have to many extra credit point for only a couple points so extra credit is o.k. but not all the time.

    March 15, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  818. kadijah

    I really don't think this is a good idea.We need time to sleep, we have personally lifes,after school activities,do homework,and ect.So giving us more school time puts more pressure on us.we already have a lot of things to do when we get home. So what good is it if we have things to more test and let all the chours pill up.So obama you are trying to do to much.

    March 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  819. Amber

    No way that's dumb . Kids already have enough to deal with like chores, homework, after school activities, social lives, and some kids even have jobs!!! Kids already have enough to deal with and I rarely have enough time to sleep and some kids buses come at like 6:00 A.M. We are usually unfocused on my school work and thinking about other things. That we have to do so adding to the load isn't really going to help anybody.

    March 15, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  820. Danielle

    I do not think that school should be longer! Where i live i have to get up early. The bus comes at like 7:45. I have school for about 8 1/2 hrs. I dont get out of school until 4:00pm. I ride the bus home so i get home around 4:45. That gives me no time to do homework or anything i would like to do when i get home. If this follows through i think that this will cause even more people to drop out of high school. They will be mad because the days and hours will be longer.

    March 15, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  821. Marly

    I don't think it would be a good idea to make school hours longer. I already wake up at 5:30 for school, I don't need to wake up any earlier than that. Plus, a lot of kids do after school sports an activities. If school hours were longer, then we would get out later and we wouldn't be able to do sports. Anyways, who wants to stay at school for more than 7 hours a day?

    March 15, 2009 at 7:14 pm |
  822. Ryan

    Personally i HATE school! so i think making school days longer would just be absurd. it already takes up about a fourth of my day and i could be using that time sleeping or playing dance dance revolution. i mean come on i could be dancing my butt off but you make me do my hw?? but on a serious note, school days should not be any longer than they already are. actually they should be shorter so Mr Carl Azuz tell President Obama school days should be shortened or stay the same. NOT LONGER.

    March 15, 2009 at 9:04 pm |
  823. Spencer

    We definitely do not need more time at school. There is already enough time wasted in school as it is. To be honest, I have only learned something useful in maybe two or three of my classes this whole year. Over half of the time I am in school, I'm thinking to myself, "There are so many ways I could be using my time more productively. Why do I have to be wasting parts of my life here?" You might think I am over-exaggerating, but this truly is my opinion about our school systems. And I live in an area with a "very good school system". Adding more time to the school day would just be wasting more of our lives. Instead Obama should focus on making the school systems more efficient by making shorter school days with more rigorous work that will actually be useful in the real world. If we do so, kids will be more willing to focus (since it's for a shorter amount of time) and get the same amount of work done in a shorter time than they did with the full school day. Overall, this would make school systems much more productive and efficient. It would also, make kids more interested in learning, rather than dreading school, and would give them more free time for sports, friends, schoolwork, etc., which in turn would make kids happier and have higher self esteems. I truly believe this is a good idea that would make our school systems more efficient, less expensive, and would make America a better place.

    March 15, 2009 at 9:19 pm |
  824. Mrs. C's class

    When we first heard that President Obama wanted to increase the amount of time at school, we all shouted, "No!" After finishing the student news, we decided to compare our state's assessment results to NAEP results. They were completely different, and not in a good way. We used to think that less school was a good thing. Now we aren't so sure...

    March 16, 2009 at 1:36 am |
  825. jessica

    NO MORE TIME AT SCHOOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE ALREADY HAVE 8 HOURS!!!!!!!!!! WE HAVE STUFF TO DO , LIKE SPORTS. WE'RE NOT THE TEACHERS MINIONS . SCHOOLS FUN BUT I DON'T WANT TO SPEND MY LIFE AT SCHOOL. NO MORE SCHOOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 16, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  826. Branden

    YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Weneed more school time because some people don't care and I think more school time eqauls more edgecation time . even though I dont like home work but still It is for the childen so Carl tell obama his Ideas are good.

    P.S I am in enrichment and i am achef to and only 10

    March 16, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  827. Jacob

    I only want more school if we have more fun activities and less homework.

    March 16, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  828. Emma

    No!!!!!!!!!!! I am so busy already!!! Think about how much money and rescheduling that will take!!!!! People will have to quit activities that may lead up to their careers!! That is so dumb with the work they give us already!! We have to go 8 hours already!! I think that would take a severe drop in enrollment because kids would be homeschooled. You've got to think how the parents would take that!!! with this economy we all need a little time to cool off.

    Look. 8th and 9th graders will be able to vote next election. Good Luck getting reelected, Obama, because THEY WANT THEIR VACATION!!!!!!

    March 16, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  829. Austyn

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!
    NO MORE SCHOOL STUDENTS NEED TO HAVE VACATION!!!! WE NEED OUR VACATION!!!! COME ON THINK ABOUT THE KIDS!!! HOW WOULD WE LIVE WITHOUT IT!!! I AGREE WE ALL THE PEOPLE THAT SAID NO NO NO!!!! WHY WOULD WE EVEN HAVE MORE SCHOOL ANYWAY!!! THIS IS TO MUCH!!! 😦 😦

    March 16, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  830. Sammy

    I would like the days to be shorter, or at least there be a half day maybe ones or twice a week. The only problem with having the day shorter, is that the material at school would not change, so if you happen to sort of kind of care about school, you would have to learn more of the material on your own rather that at school.

    March 16, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  831. jessica

    THAT IS STUPID

    March 16, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  832. nick

    Carl i watch your show every day i don’t think Obama should extend the school day because it is long enough as it is.

    March 16, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  833. Jasmine

    I think school's too long already. Why should we have more days at school!!!!!!?????? Obama isn't going to get his respect from children by passing this law. But that's my opinion. Peace:)

    March 16, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  834. Anonymous

    THe school day is long all ready, why make it longer? If we don't get time from school then i will go crazy. Obama is stupid for trying to pass this!!!!!

    March 16, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  835. Angel

    I as a Middle School Student think that we shouldn't have longer school hours and days. We get enough school as it is, being at school for about 8 hours a day. We spend like half of our life already in school. If I was allowed to vote against this, my instincts would definitley tell me YES!

    March 16, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  836. Hanna

    I dont think that our school days should be longer because kids can barely stand sitting in classrooms now, so making the days longer would be worse. the way the school times now is fine and we shouldnt change it. kids and teachers should have a say because they are the ones in the classroom. i vote no on making the school days longer and being in class more.

    March 16, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  837. Leialani

    I think this idea is STUPID because who wants to stay in school longer than we have to?????

    March 16, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  838. Lara

    You know what's weird, we were just talking about shortining school weeks to save money and energy and now were talking about making school days longer. I think somebody who's leading the country is having some problems making up his mind. Obama said he knew how to save money and energy, but apparently not. Kids are getting a good enough education already. The people who get bad grades are the people who choose not to listen and choose not to do their work, don't punish the kids who actually listen and do their work. And all the money that's going to be used on energy to make school days longer, could've been used on getting us out of debt.

    March 16, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  839. sarabeth

    why in the world would anyone want longer school days and longer school years?
    if the days would go any longer we will be too tired to concentrate on school work.

    March 16, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  840. Carris

    Heck nooooooo!
    Skewl is long enough already! I think we need less days of skewl!
    I do not agree with this...
    we better not have longer skewl days!!!

    March 16, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  841. G

    we do not i repet do not need any more time in school i hardly get enoght done at home as is so obama go sit in the office and sit there for 8 hours and see how u feel
    ps. keep up the puns carl

    March 16, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  842. Dani

    Why do we need to have more school?? I already come home with bookbags filled with homework.

    March 16, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  843. Dani

    If we need more school then we should get payed for our grades like Carl said a couple of months ago. I know I would be rich because I would turn my 1B+ to a A real fast.

    March 16, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  844. Brayden

    I understand why Obama wants this, but what's wrong with school now? I think it's fine the way it is.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  845. Briana

    I think Obama hit his head hard and should consider how we feel we work hard and we should get a full summer vacation

    March 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  846. Utau

    Like I said before, I think it's a BAD idea, and hey, if Obama REALLY wants to help us then he should outlaw weekend homework!! Who's with me?

    March 16, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  847. KatamariDamacy

    NO!!! NO!!! NO NO NO!!! NO!!! NOOOOO!!!!! NOOOO!!!! NO! NO! NO! NO!!!! NONONONO NO!!!!!!!!!! NEVER!!!
    PS. Carl, please, for the sake of me not having a heartattack, NEVER say ANYTHING like that EVER again!!
    Oh, and you're awesome, Carl.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  848. Jazzie

    This in insane!! I already have to go to cats practice everyday after school!

    March 16, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  849. Courtney

    I agree. Yes some kids may dread going to school, but we need more time! Some people are probably saying we don't need more time but we really do. The more time we have in school the better grades we would get. Well most likely. And if everyone starts passing we wont have to worry about paying teachers for summer school or anything. So that right there could save us some money!

    March 16, 2009 at 7:46 pm |
  850. Jake

    I personally disagree with this idea because at my school we have over 181 recorded days each year for about 7 hours a day. As we all know, school can be overwhelming enough besides having to deal with clubs or sports, and this idea would make that even worse. Some people already have problems dealing with school how it is now. The longer school year would also result in higher taxes for longer hours and other costs, which in some cases can't be afforded during this recession. I think the better idea would be shortening school days because it gives kids more freedom to do what they want after school and they have more time to do what they want. This could also lead to higher motivation and more efficient work because the day is shorter. In total, I do not agree with this idea and I hope it is not put into affect.

    March 16, 2009 at 7:48 pm |
  851. Madalyn

    Well Carl, I think almost ALL of us in my 6th period class agrees with me when I say, "NOOOOOO!!!!!" I mean come on! To us students, school already seems long enough. Between all of the tests, annoying substitutes, and studying, kids need a long summer break, or even long breaks after school

    March 16, 2009 at 8:07 pm |
  852. Alecia

    im in between on this subject i understand that we are not learning as much and that we need to further our education. But i dont think that making our school days longer will help, you see if kids and teens zone out and get tiered in shorter days then if we elongate them it will just make it worse and therefore i dont think it should be done. i think that it might be better if he finds different ways to teach us like our teachers hear do mostly lecture notes so we dont pay attention and dont learn it so our grades reflect that.

    but Oboma has a point, kids arent learning as much and he is looking for a situation to this problem. this might help because kids might learn more because they have more time to learn it in. this might help some who like to ask questions in classrooms and learn in class. but it will hinder those that don't.

    March 16, 2009 at 8:15 pm |
  853. La-a (Ladasha)

    I really don't care if school days are changed but if they are lots of things are going to be effected by it. Teachers pay? High school students jobs? Other commitments outside of school? So if Obama does changed the days or times of schooling people are really going to have to base their lives around the school hours all over.

    March 16, 2009 at 8:16 pm |
  854. chris

    i think that is the stupidest thing ive ever heard school is long enough and i HATE it as it is!!!

    March 16, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  855. Tommy

    I think that it would not be necessary for us to spend more time in school. I think this because we spend enough time in school already. We are in school for 6 hours for about 181 days. So we are in school for about 1006 hours in one school year. That is a lot of time to be in school. If we had more time in school kids might start to loose focus in there clases becasue they have no social time.

    March 16, 2009 at 8:30 pm |
  856. kelly

    it might be nice to have a little bit longer time at school but we have k-12 at our school here at Gibraltar and it would be harder with less time to do homework and with the kindergarteners would have a hard time at school that long.

    March 16, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  857. Ricky

    Personally I do not think we should stay in school longer. It is tiring enough as it is.

    March 16, 2009 at 9:53 pm |
  858. Chris

    Obama has no jurisdiction over this. How schools are ran are up to the State in which they are located. Most kids hate school, which result in them to not try or learn to not care. If you "imprison" them for longer periods of time, that is less time they get to be outside and active, more time they are in the school and home doing their homework. We spend 12 years or maybe more if decide to go to a technical school or a unversity or college. The brain can only absorb so much and kids only have so long of an attention span. The plus side to this is they would cut taxes, but that's about it. They would be spending more money on paper, heating, lighting. Sporting events will start later, kids will be let out of the events later and most likely not be getting enough rest. Not to mention if the student has a job outside of school, are suggesting the student lose their jobs? This wouldn't pass. I voted "No" and I stated my reasonings.

    March 17, 2009 at 8:00 am |
  859. Annie

    I think we shouldnt have more time at school and we should have a say in if we have to! we learn enough everyday! he wants us getting more sleep but if we get home at 5 and we have to eat dinner and atleast 1 hour of homework were gonna be done by atleast 7:30! and some of us have after school activities! whats gonna happen to them?? and we dont have any time with our familys!

    March 17, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  860. Teto

    now isnt the best time to extend school because of the recession, but i think that if they added an hour of school and took away homework, we would get more done than just the homework that takes two hours at home

    March 17, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  861. moncia

    No way i would go to school for more hours because that would not be cool because then i could not watch my shows and i need to watch theme so no i would not go to school for extra hours

    March 17, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  862. Nicholas

    I think that it is a GOOD idea because an average of 2 students in my grade get held back. So we need a little more teaching.

    March 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  863. Mckenna

    I think there shouldn't be more hours. School all ready takes up most of the day. If we get more hours, we need more time off. Thats what I think of it.

    March 17, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  864. Benjamin

    That would not be fair. We need are free time at home. If we were at school how would we spend time with are family

    March 17, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  865. Travis

    I think school days should NOT be longer because school is boring.

    March 17, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  866. Aryanna

    I would hate that so much I would never go to school again but I would have to but I would hate seeing my teachers alot more than 5 days a week then it would be like 7 days a week.

    March 17, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  867. Brittany

    I think we should make school shorter then it is now.

    March 17, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  868. Anonymous

    I would agree to this if we got a few extra days of summer. I don't mind making it an hour longer as long as I don't have to get up so early for any extra days.

    March 17, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  869. Randall

    School is long enough already. We don't want it to be any longer. Esspecially because I have to stay after school every day to do work. I leave home at 6:55 am and don't get back until 5:45 p.m.

    March 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  870. Ryan

    I think we students go to school long enough as it is. We get around 3 months off and thats fine and dandy but theres alot of time in between. We go weeks at a time with just 2 day weekends. In actuality its perfect, though. Students end up working for presidents day weekend, winter break, and spring break. and most of all summer. With longer school days and years it will complete defeat our moral. No doubt about it.

    March 17, 2009 at 8:44 pm |
  871. Andrew

    It all depends on what you mean by more time at school. A longer school year would shorten summer break, which would mean less people going on vacation. less people going on vacation means less business for those who work in tourism. It wont just affect the us students, but possibly the economy as well. longer school days have upsides and downsides as well. The upsides are that students can have more time to work, study, and learn, and teachers would get paid more because they are working longer hours. The downsides are less time for after school activities such as sports and clubs, and les time to do homework and have social lives. I think that school is fine the way it is.

    March 17, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  872. brittney

    I think school is long enough. If Barak Obama does make school longer I think we should at least get more days off from school, and I would enjoy school more if it started later in the day. Also if school was longer I think kids will loose interest in school, and eventually drop out of school. Imagine the percentage of kids dropping out of school doubling,

    March 17, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  873. Debby

    The teaching unions would never allow an eight-hour day unless salaries were renegotiated. In this current economic condition, taxpayers cannot afford to negotiate higher salaries.

    March 17, 2009 at 9:48 pm |
  874. Alexandra

    I don't think that having more days of school is a good thing. Most parents and fellows students that I know don't like the idea of year round schools. It makes parents buy more school supplies. And takes our summer fun away!

    March 18, 2009 at 1:43 am |
  875. logan

    if they increase school time i will literly quit school at age 16.7 or 8 hours is plenty.even my thecher would probly not like the idea of more time

    March 18, 2009 at 7:31 am |
  876. Hannah

    Many students have jobs and various extracurriculars to juggle on top of schooling. I think that children should have a chance to be kids as well, more hours of school is not what makes us smarter, it's the skill of the instructors. Get better material and teachers, don't force children into eight hour school days.

    March 18, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  877. Charlotte

    why should we have to? the day is long enough, and if they do, we either have to go in earlyer, and some people are getting up at 5:30. or if they extend it in the afternoon, then that is cutting on after school activities, and mess up everyones day. some people cant get their homework done as it is, so how do they expect us to do it, if the day is longer

    March 18, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  878. Devin

    I dont think school days and school years should be extended because:
    1. I think children should spend as much time with their parents as possible.
    2. Kids are stressed out enough with the current school days, longer school days mean more anxiety among children.
    3. I just plain dont enjoy school anymore.

    March 18, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  879. robyn

    i dont think it would be a good idea if we have longer school days and more time at school during the year. most kids show up at school and like school but some kids hate it alot. the kids that hate it will most likely not show up. but those who like school can benifit from it. but the ones that dont it will only make them fail.

    March 18, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  880. Mackenzie

    In my opinion, I dont think we should. We already spend more time at school than anywhere else, and we are getting all the education we really need. If parents are not pushing their kids toward school why should other kids have to do the time, when they didn't do the crime.

    March 18, 2009 at 7:25 pm |
  881. BRE

    I DONT THINK WE NEED MORE TIME IN SCHOOL I MEAN WE ALREADY SPEND 8 HOURS THAIR OUT OF 5 DAYS A WEEK I THINK THATS ENOUGH I MEAN I LOVE MY FREINDS BUT I GET TIERD OF THEMI MEAN NO OFFENCE 2 THEM BUT I THINK WE ALL HAVE ADHD

    March 18, 2009 at 8:02 pm |
  882. Andre

    I think we shouldnt have more time in school, because if we do have more school we will have more homework and it is not cool

    March 19, 2009 at 1:01 am |
  883. My names Brian

    This is a joke were in a recession extra hours=more tax and were in a recession that's why we shouldn't have obama president he should be more towards war and terrorism then our bad education.

    March 19, 2009 at 9:05 am |
  884. Mike

    Obama is dropping the ball on this one. Longer school year= more fights, more terrible teachers, more money needing to be spent. If Mr. Obama wants to reform education, make it harder to be a teacher because half of my teachers have no clue what they are doing and the administration makes school miserable for everyone.

    March 19, 2009 at 9:09 am |
  885. Chris

    That is crazy, School is long enough. I would just fall asleep more often in class then and feel more stressed.

    March 19, 2009 at 9:10 am |
  886. Christine

    i dont think that the school day should be longer or the year should be longer because kids dont like school as it is now why make it longer on them

    March 19, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  887. Jerry

    I dont think it would be a good idea for kids to have more school becuase they would carzy and would not a have a social life out of school.

    March 19, 2009 at 9:13 am |
  888. Krys

    I don't think a longer school day is a good idea. Kids hardly make it through the day as it is, I have no idea how they would perform if it was longer. Another thing is the money. Most schools do not have any extra money to spend on teachers for any more hours or periods. The whole country is stressed because the economy having to be in school for more hours and work less is not a good idea.

    March 19, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  889. Todd

    we already have enough time at school

    March 19, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  890. Gianna

    i dont think school should be any longer then it already is. Most kids dont like school as it is and I feel 8 hours a school is enough.

    March 19, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  891. Max

    I think that school should not be any longer into the year than it already is. Everybody looks foward to the big vacation to travel and to do other hobbies. I do think that in some schools there should be maybe another hour because some schools are have to short of a day.

    March 19, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  892. Nick

    When it comes to having extended school hours and years, I don't agree with Pres. Obama's wanting to do this. Students will not like school unless they are most likely attending a technical school as I did in my Jr. year which made school more enjoyable for myself.

    March 19, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  893. Matt

    I think that school should be started earlier and end earlier. That way there is more time for sports and homework. The length is fine.

    March 19, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  894. Cory

    I think, that school should acctually be shorter... And homework should be outlawed. Also carl, who writes your puns!?

    March 19, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  895. cheyenne

    come on be real name one student who is all for this.
    I VOTE NO!!!!!!!!!!

    March 19, 2009 at 7:33 pm |
  896. max

    i dont thank we should have more school we should have less school like 3 days and time tell 10:00 to 2:o0

    March 19, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  897. Melissa

    Of course I agree (says the girl that love school), hasn't anyone else noticed that the U.S. is the farthest behind in education? Think on the bright side, maybe there will be less homework.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  898. Nicholas

    Our education system has been efficient for years, it's produced some of the brightest minds in the world. Increasing time would only put more stress on us, which would lead to less attentiveness and focus. It would also crippling our already recessive economy, that is to say we would have to spend more money on teachers and time in school when it's really not necessary.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  899. Charlie

    We are already in school long enough. If Obama extends the school year no one is going the extra days he extends anyway.

    March 20, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  900. Emanuel

    No the amount of time at school is right it does not need to change. all of us have a schedule and new times will mess up. we have enough things to worry about we don't need to worry about if we need more school,

    March 20, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  901. sara

    i think it would stink if poor children had to suffer blood and sweat going to a boring old school for a single second not less a single half hour more than they need to so i just think its plain crazy. children NEED the outdoors because they cant be lazy sitting on a computer like i am right now and they need excersize.even my cat agrees with me. sincerly sara

    March 20, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  902. Anonymous

    I think that it's important that we learn as much as possible, and maybe more time in school would be beneficial, but I think it all depends on how the situation is approached... Students won't be motivated if they can't see how the change will be good for them.

    March 21, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  903. Rachael

    I think longer school days would be better, since that would give kids more time for electives and possibly longer class periods. A lot of times it seems that if the class had just had ten more minutes, more would have been accomplished.

    However, longer school years or the year-round school wouldn't be good. We need time to just be able to sit back and relax for a long time, without worrying about school.

    March 22, 2009 at 7:31 am |
  904. Mr.Austin

    Yes asa teacher I feel we need more school, but more school that is real. I am a teacher and we do not educate our kids for their future. We are so concerned about paper and pencil tests that we loose what students are going to do once they are done with school. The extra school should be in forms of creativity, and technology. Teach kids to use cell phones, video confrence, blackberry, online work, ect... That is where their future is. I teach and i don't want a longeryear, but look at our country's situation right now. Are we followers or leaders?

    March 22, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  905. Amber

    longer school days would drive people nuts. even the teachers would go crazy. my teachers dont even like being there during the time we already have. and besides everyones brains are already fried after the time we have now.

    March 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  906. Caity

    Obama shouldnt make the school days more longer... it would make me more tired and ill hate school more 🙂

    March 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  907. Stephanie

    I agree that maybe we need a different plan to help students stay in school and also to have higher scores on test. But I don't think, extending the school day will help, to me I think it will just had more reason for kids not to come to school. The school days already seem very long, why make it more? And it won't help with the students that are involved in sports or any other after school activities.

    March 22, 2009 at 8:21 pm |
  908. lance

    don't think that we should have more school time even obama wants us to learn more since the economey is bad but for us kids we don't like school and it is torcher going for longer piriods of time.

    March 23, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  909. dylan

    Are you kidding me I understand he wants us to be smarter but shecudles wpuld be changed and it screw up kids heads

    March 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  910. Monica

    I thank it wouldn't be cool if we had to stay longer at school because i would not be aloud to have people hang out after school it would not be cool at all

    March 24, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  911. Josh

    It would make us all strssed out from all the work. It is harder now then back in the day.

    March 24, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  912. Stephanie

    Students shut down in the afternoon because of exhaustion, and having longer school hours will make that worse.

    March 24, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  913. Alli

    I do not think longer school days or more days of the year will have any impact on students unless it just makes them more bored with school. There would probably be more dropouts in high school if there were longer school days.

    March 24, 2009 at 9:15 pm |
  914. Tristan

    I think that people should know that we are kids we don’t have the time, attention span, or patients to go to school any longer than we all ready do. Any longer to me would be torcher not only to the students but to the teachers as well.

    March 25, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  915. Anahi

    i don't think that we should have longer school days. I do like school but I also want be able to go home and eat cause the school food is gross and plus I want time to watch T.V. and spent time with my family that have to work all day and if I have to go to school I won't be able to help my mother. SP PLEASE NO MORE LONGER SCHOOKL DAYS ITS BAD AS IT IS!!!!

    March 25, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  916. Zaira

    In some ways, it MAY be beneficial. Teachers would have more time for lessons, lunch and recess periods could be extended and there will be more learning time. I'm not against in extending the school year, but the hours? Some kids won't be able to take it, they're tired as it is with the normal eight hours.And what about extracurricular activities? Many kids are in sports or other after-school activities and adding more hours to the day may not be so good for them, other teens even juggle jobs! Also, If Obama plans to extend the time/or the days we attend at school, where is the money for the student books/computers/resources going to come from? Our economy is hurting bad, and adding more to the debt will not help. Education IS important, but maybe he should off on that until our economy is able to stand strong again.

    March 25, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  917. deysi

    No because we also need are free time, it is good that Obama whants as to learn more but he also has to understand the way we fill about spendin more time in school.We bearly survive 8 hours of school so i say NO to more school time.

    March 25, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  918. Alyssa

    I don't think students need anymore time in school than what we already have. Some students can barley handle what we have now imagine adding more hours. I personally don't like school because teachers make it boring to me. I only like the fact that i get to spend time with my friends and my boyfriend.

    March 25, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  919. Damian

    I think my school has enough hours. We start school at 8:25 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. If President Obama add more hours, we cant enjoy hour weekday afternoons with friends. Having four classes a day is plenty of work. I hope President Obama doesn't make school hours and school year longer. Summer is my time to have fun before returning to school.

    March 25, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  920. Robin

    I honestly believe that we shouldnt have more school. I think the time that we are using is enough as it is. As alot of other people have said before the drop out rate is already high as it is. If we add more school the drop out rate will be even higher. Also students that are in school about 50% of them have jobs. That they have to have to help support their families. If more hours were brought onto the students it will cost students to either lose thier jobs and not be able to make ends meet at thier household. which could make them go without food, clothes, they may loose thier car, lights, water, or even thier house. Or they just might choose thier job over school and not even come. Which will just be another child that had to drop out.

    March 25, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  921. seth

    More time at school is stupid and not called for.
    Kids do not need more time at school.
    Some kids go home and work on stuff.

    March 25, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  922. jenna

    I think thats stupid i can barely make it through school now i don't know what i'll do if i'm stuck there longer.

    March 25, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  923. C

    School is already long enough as it is. Making them longer is only going to hurt most teenagers, especially the ones who are wasting their time in honors, AP, and IB.

    March 25, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  924. Ashley

    More School! I can't get away from school, if I'm not in school I'm at home dong homework and studying. When will it stop, i don't need longer school days.

    March 25, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  925. LUCINDA

    SCHOOL IS WAY TO LONG ALREADY!

    March 25, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  926. Iris

    I think that more time in school is not right because that will stress all of us out. It will also apart us from the relationship we had with our parents. We would be robots, which we aren't, we are kids, we want to have fun!

    March 25, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  927. Kevin

    Although School gives me somthing to do, i rather not be forced to be in school longer then eight hours. Im in robotics and we stay every day from 4-9 and saturdays if needed. it wouldnt change much but it would bother my robotics schedule. Obama has is heart in the right place but needs to come up with a new plan.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  928. Jacob

    School is long and boring enough. Adding more hours would just make me hate school even more.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  929. cindy

    i think it would help alot of students because it would give us a chance to make up but it would also make kids very angry and impatient

    March 25, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  930. Alan

    I don't agree that we need more time in school. Yes, maybe some students need more time to cat ch on some things they don't quite understand, but that doesn't mean that all the students should spend more time in school. The students that don't get the material should spend more time in school, not the students who understand it and do it well.

    March 25, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  931. Angelica

    I personally think that having longer ours or days of school would totally stress all the kids and what would that mean that we would still have to take more taks or other test like that one.?!! I don't think that is good at all !!!. Because we have asay in it to!!!

    March 25, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  932. Cody

    I dont think we should stay in school longer. The only reason this issue has been brought up is because we want to be like everyone else around the world. If we were all the same U.S.A. wouldnt be the best country it would be just as dull.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  933. paytlyn

    we have to go to school a lot alredy maby obama should reamember what his school was like.

    March 25, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  934. Michael

    i think he should give more school time so we could finish our homework.

    March 26, 2009 at 7:09 am |
  935. Ricardo

    I don’t think a longer school day is a good idea. Kids hardly make it through the day as it is, I have no idea how they would perform if it was longer. Another thing is the money. Most schools do not have any extra money to spend on teachers for any more hours. I won’t have the strength to stay in school longer.

    March 26, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  936. Maria

    A longer school day would allow students to review more material and get more practice on schoolwork. This might cause better public schools and more intelligent young adults.

    March 26, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  937. Annette

    I belive that 8 hours a day monday threw friday is enough education for students. Plus we still have to get home and to at lease a nother two hours of homework. So why would you want more school hours and less time to have for your family and time for your self to have fun and go out. Is not all about school your supposto have fun to because school is not all that fun.

    March 26, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  938. Stacia

    Well I think that we students have enough time in school.
    We do not need extra time.
    If Obama really wants us to be educated on the things that are important and what is going on in the economy, then he should do something about it.
    They should be able to find a way to teach everything.

    March 26, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  939. Jennifer

    No I don't agree on making school days longer because is already long as it is. Kids would just get more frustrated and more stress out I actually think they should cut back on school days but that's just my opinion.

    March 26, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  940. Ivan

    I dont not think we should have longer days in school because we have to get about 8 hours of sleep and we have more hours or days in school we wont get them 8 hours of sleep we need.

    March 26, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  941. Skittles

    no, we already have enough school, we don't need more.

    March 26, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  942. lara

    I THINK WE HAVE ENOUGH TIME AT SCHOOL BUT I DO THINK KIDS SHOUDNT SKIP SCHOOL AS MUCH

    March 26, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  943. lara

    I think pres obama should get a life and stop worrying about ours. so but out of it dude. yeah I think its important to have schoolI dont think that we need longer school days/years

    March 26, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  944. Ana

    School is at least one third of the day long already and another third you spend sleeping and the last third is used up for homework and extracurricular activities. Kids don't have enough free time as it is so they shouldn't have to waste more time doing something they don't want to do. They sacrifice enough already.

    March 26, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  945. Francisco

    I do not agree with the president because I already get bored by coming out at 3:30 all days and it doesn't let me have some time with my family , because after school I go to work and come out at 11:00

    March 26, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  946. Lilian

    I Disagree with President Obama! We do not need more school time... If he does that the situation will be worst, more students will drop out of school, and there will be no future in this country! Also some students have to work because they have to help their families, and by giving more hours of school, they would have no other option than to drop out and get a full time job, because money is nessesary to our lifes.

    March 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  947. Anonymous

    I defenetly think that we have enough school hours specially if your classes are for 90 minutes we dont want that to get any longer we learn enough in 90 minutes of each class + it wont be any good if kids berly come to school now imagine if it gets longer .

    March 26, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  948. Miriam

    I think it okey to put more time because like that the students would learn more.The president only want to help the students to get better for life.

    March 26, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  949. dulce

    No more school!

    March 26, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  950. Giselle

    I defenetly have a strong opinion on this i dont think we need any more school hours than it is now.It is not fair for us kids who have to sit in a class for 90 minutes. Plus if hardly any kids come to school now what makes them think theire going to come when they increase school hours.

    March 26, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  951. Miriam

    I think it okey to have more time in the school because like that they can learn more and get more prepare for life.!!!!

    March 26, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  952. Lilian

    I Disagree with President Obama! I think if he actually do this the situation will be worst because many students would drop out and there would be no future for this country.

    March 26, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  953. Yuridia

    Longer days in school will give the opportunity for students to explore new ideas and learn techniques that will help them in their future. In my opinion, it is a good idea to expand the hours students spend in school because there are a lot of things they need to learn. This is just a proposal that was offered by President Obama because maybe its something that will improve the students education. I understand that many of the students find this a little frustrading due to the fact that school is already long enough. Being a student i relate to that, however, I would like to have the opportunity to learn more.

    March 26, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  954. Charlie

    Obama is stupid. Has he ever thought about how the kids feel about him. We get to see our teachers more than we get to see our family. McCain won nomatter what everybody says. GO McCAIN

    March 26, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  955. Frank

    Longer days at school is going to be a pain in the rear. Because everyone will have less time to do what they want afterschool. And they will be tired, because they're probably doing their homework late and don't get enough sleep. So the school will have everyone drained out of their energy and wouldn't have any time for their lives!
    P.S. If this happen i would so mad!!!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  956. Jordan

    We already spend eight hours a day at school plus if you play a sport that is probably another 4 or 5 hours at school. So I don't think we should have to spend more time at school. Yeah school is good thing and it is good if you want to get a job but it is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo boring. So I don't think we they should make us stay in school longer.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  957. Jose

    I dont think we need any more school time.
    All we need is for the teacers is to explain the subject better
    for my Engish class all i get are worksheets she dosent explain very well.
    And if we do go more days of school students will be mad and maybe decide to skip more days of school
    so whats the point of doing it.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  958. Nilsa

    school days/years are definately fine as they are many students including me hesitate about coming to school as it is

    March 26, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  959. Tangela

    I do not think we should spend more time in school. We are at school more than we are with our familys. I already don't like school now even though we need our education. I don't approve of longer school years either. After the twelth grade im done with school.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  960. Virginia

    I don't think we need more time in school because students will become tired and eventually hate school more then ever!

    March 26, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  961. Miguel

    I disagree with president Obama, I don't think that we should have more school days are longer school days. I think that what we kids need is more work and teachers that make learning more interesting so that we pay more atttention.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  962. Doris

    I really don't mind having more days at school, because if you really think about it you will learn more and i don't really hear other countries complaning like we are right now. I mean maybe Obama want us to catch up with other countries because we American kinda slack off alot , but at the same time we are going under a tight budget so i dont think that going to happen right know but later in the future.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  963. Marco

    I would have to say that we should just stay with the school hours that we have right now. If we get more school hours the students are going to be getting mad and then making a lot of problems for the teachers.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  964. GABRIELA

    ..I DONT REALLY THINK WE SHOULD HAVE MORE TIME IN SCHOOL....LIKE OTHERS SAID PEOPLE HARDLY EVEN MAKE TRU SCHOOL!!!

    March 26, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  965. Veronica

    Well i think that there is no need to put more time in the school days because its hard for us all ready and i know it would be more harder for us if they put more time in school. Plus we need our rest from all the hard work that we do in school anyways plus we need a chance to have some fun when we get out at school. So i say that the school time should stay the same!!!

    March 26, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  966. Elias

    More school days? More school hours? This is what I have heard, and that, to me, is really outrageous! I hope this plan doesn't go well because you know if we do have that plan, we students and teachers would probably only 1 day of rest out of the week and thats tough to handle. You have to think about all the hard work that the majority of students have to handle, even for the advance placement students because those students always have lots to do, so i can imagine the stress that they have on their backs. Education and a student's future, but you cannot stress on it a whole lot because you'll eventually wear yourself out and that'll enable you not to do very much with yourself because one of the very important things you'll be thinking about is "when you'll be getting some rest ". I don't think this plan should go through. Period.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  967. Alexandria

    Some students need more time at school but others don't why punish them when we have enough homework anyways.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  968. Marco

    I dont think we should have more time at school because it is already long enough

    March 26, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  969. crystal

    i don't think we need any more school days then we should have because we already suffer to much from homework

    March 27, 2009 at 12:39 am |
  970. Maria

    I really don't thinl that more time of school should be added like president Obama suggests. I think that with the amount of time that we have at school is perfectly fine. If he wants to add more time then all the students aren't going to want to go to school and theres going to be less students going to school.

    March 27, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  971. Lupita

    School is fine the way it is. I make good grades and can understand the material very easy, but not every one is the same. There is people that go to school because they have to make a decent living for themselves. As the years go on the teaching method changes and school gets harder, and the drop-out rate is going up. We're suppose to be helping each other and not forcing a person to do something. I feel that if this plan happens the leaders of the future will not come to be.

    March 27, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  972. Javier

    School is already long enough, if extra hours are added then less and less students will show up to get an education. School itself is stressful enough with the eight hour it takes away from our day. Anticipation and dessesperation will be in each stundent wishing to go home. No hour more hours should be added to our school time.

    March 27, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  973. monica

    i dont agree with the president because i think we already have enough time at school. most of the kids hardly make it during the day and throughuot the year, so if we add more days and hours no one is going to make it.. and plus some kids have to help at their houses, for example work and come to school...so i dont think datz a good idea

    March 27, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  974. Nck

    Carl, I think it is stupid to make us students go to school longer. Some students might not be able to afford supplies for the longer years of school. Plus, students would not be able to think straight in the heat

    March 28, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  975. Meaghan

    Now, in all reality, I do enjoy school, but is it really necessary to lengthen the school day and/or school year? No, I really don't hink so. As a kid, I can personally say that it would be very difficult to have any more than 8 months of school a year. So, in my opinion, no, I don't think that the school days should be any longer.

    March 28, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  976. emily

    i do no think that we need more school days because we already have enough schooldays in a year.

    March 28, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  977. Jose'

    it's kind of a stupid idea, for me at least. i personally hate the idea, but only because i probably enjoy it, unless i stayed in 6th grade every year until college. but it probably will help education, but how this will help the economy i don't know. i mean, longer school days require more money for school supplies, which means taxes would most likely go up, and it all comes out of the average person's wallet, which actually increases the whole recession thing. and then that money would be gobbled up quickly again with longer school time! COME ON OBAMA, PLEASE DON'T DO IT!!!!!!!! : (

    March 29, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  978. Silken

    I do not agree,becuase they have started to cut pay checks and I don't think teachers want to teach hard headed kids in school that don't want to pay attention and learn.If we do get more school that means our guardian will have to pay extra taxes just so we can stay in schol longer.Its already enough that we are in a recession.Although it is good that they want us to learn more so in the future its a better chance of us getting a job but the way kids spend their time in school is not even worth paying more taxes just for kids who dont want to learn and is always failing to be in school.If we do get more school days they should give teachers a higher pay check and they should put the ones who dont want to learn out of school.

    March 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  979. Christine

    I would have to agree with both sides because if we have more hours of school we could have extra help with diffrent subjects we learn and school might be easier on us if we understand the lesson, but extra hours also means that we would be put under more school work and homework which might stress out most of the students in school.

    March 29, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  980. victoria

    i think it is find how it is it gives us the right amount of time to learn and if some student can't get the right amount of time to learn then they need to take on more time to learn.

    March 29, 2009 at 7:53 pm |
  981. VERONICA

    I think that we shouldnt have more time at school because we have alot of hourse at school we spent more time in school than at home! most of the time were bad influence at school than at home! even though schoool keeps us out of the streets but also think that kids should have more time to relaz than just be in school all the time because if Obama decides to put more hours in school teenagers have a better chance of getting tiered of going to shool and the can drop out much faster! So i basically think that Barack Obama should leave the school hourse the way they are that way we have time to get a education and have time for fun

    March 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  982. Parker

    I am netural on this topic, I love going to school and learning and being with friends, and making it a longer day would be the same, just longer....obvisouly. But at the same time, making it a longer school day is just ridcoulous. We wake up early and go to school for 8 hours, and at the end of those 8 hours, everyone looks like zombies. So adding a couple more hours on their is just a stuipd idea. After writing this, no we don't need anymore school days.

    March 30, 2009 at 7:43 am |
  983. Madison

    i think school is long enogh.so no more school horus or days

    March 30, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  984. Javier

    I think that more school time is not needed. We go to school 7 hrs of our day

    March 30, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  985. KAINOA

    I DONT THINK THERE SHOULD BE MORE TIME
    IN SCHOOL BECAUSE WHO LIKES SCHOOL ANYWAY
    IT'S LAME

    March 30, 2009 at 7:14 pm |
  986. Marissa

    Personally, I don't think longer school days would be better. I mean, everyone is just so exhausted by the end of the day. Isn't the current 7 hour time we have in school enough? And more school days cuts into an already-short summer. Let's not forget that people skip classes. If days were longer students might say "forget it" and blow school off completely, ruining ANY chance of a future.

    So no, we don't need longer school days. And we don't need any more of them.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  987. Alexis from Mrs.Start Class

    We should never have more school days because we work hard has if anyway!!!!

    March 31, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  988. Allyson

    I agree with parker we would get more time with friends and sometimes i'm up till midnight doing homework so we actually could use less school hours. So in conclusion i don't think we need more i think we need less.

    March 31, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  989. Tyeisha

    I think it would be fine because I pass alot of my classes and Ialso like to talk to my friends. So longer hours of school days would be great for me.

    March 31, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  990. celia

    i think that we dont need anymore time at school. as it is the school days are long enough with out adding anymore time to it. most kids now days barley make it through the school days, and the year. i think that if the school days and school year got extended that there would be a rise in the drop out rates.

    March 31, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  991. Nicole

    No I don't want more time in school, we need to be with our family's. School is already long and I would not want to come to school if the president changed it!!!!!!!!!!!:)

    April 1, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  992. sydney

    No way kids already have to spend 6 hours in school. So why should they make school longer. Kids also need to stay with family and hang out with there friend's.

    April 1, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  993. george

    we should definitley not have more time at school because we already have eight hours of school plus homework and we should spend more time outside

    April 1, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  994. stefan

    more time at school is not good becaue i think kids should be with their friends out side of school like at movie theaters and at the parks playing sports

    April 1, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  995. Teresa

    I think school is long enogh.so no more school horus or days! 🙂

    April 1, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  996. robert

    we should not have more time at school because we have 8 hours at school.

    April 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  997. jeff

    I think that that is one of the worst things we could do right now. First off us kids struggle with school enough as it is i think that if school were longer you would see more kids get bad grades. Second off we are right in the middle of a recession my school cant even afford new paper right now. how would they expect us to pay for more schooling? I think it would just be pointless at this time.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:15 am |
  998. Jenna

    i dont think that students should have more school we alredy hav enough school why do we need more..... Remeber more school means more home work. Also we would have to wake up even earlier and i am NOT a morning person and we would have to stay at school later and miss my favorite show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 2, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  999. Adolfo

    I don't agree with longer school days. Kids need to relax after school so if you make school longer, you'll just be cutting into our relaxing time. I waill also make it herder for people who have to pick up their kids from school. They have to come even later and that could make them forget to pick up their children in school

    April 2, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  1000. Imani

    No, I don't think thay we should have longer school days because many people at my school are very tired already when they go home. Also I feel that longer school days would cost school even more money. They would have to use money for extra activities and for supplies. Teachers also need extra time at the end of the day to prepare for the next day,they could not do that if we were in class longer. Most importantly I have things to do after school I would have to quit thise things to be in school longer. Longer school days are not something I would like.

    April 2, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  1001. israel

    I think that Mr. Obama is doing a wrong decision of adding more school days! We need more time with our family in summer vacation. More school days would make us think harder and create more stress for all of us. I would say that I am against more shool days and years with Barack Obama.

    April 2, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  1002. Lolami

    school is for learning new things and with longer school days we will learn alot more in one a school year. the more kowledge we accumulate during school will help our grades and colledges will be throwing scholarships at us and with a great colledge education people will get better jobs and more money. so longer schools today means a brighter future tomorrow.

    April 2, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  1003. Rachel

    I dont think school days should be longer.Teachers would not have time for personal things it may have many bad effects. Bus drivers would have to work later. Some children would not have enough time to finisg therre home work. They not have enough sleep anddo bad in school.Thats why i think that the school day shouldent be longer.

    April 2, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  1004. Andre

    I do not think there should be more time in school. Some student are already stressed due to the work they current have. Students need time to have fun and get there minds off the books. Yet they still need to focused on sschool. By the way i have a question, With the extra time in schcool what will be done in the hours???

    April 2, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  1005. Nadine

    I think it is a good idea that we have more time in school. In schools today, the students in middle school and up have no free time indoors or outside. That is probably why there are more children that have obesity. If the extra time at school is used just for physical education, it may help with the obesity issue.

    April 2, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  1006. T.I

    no way we definately shouldn't have longer school days because first of all what the h*** second of all school is a tiring and renderous place. It sucks up most of the day for middle schoolers or high schoolers by the time they get home it's 5pm. Meaning that 8 hours has been used up from 9-5. Also thats not all there is also tyhe time used to do homework which is 2-3hrs and the time preparing for school. By the time you add all of the time used up for school 11 hrs has pasted by out of a 24hr day and 12hrs is used eating and sleeping. Now for all the 1st graded minds who don't know how to add out there 11 plus 12 is 23 and 24-23 is 1. So what i'm trying to say is that kids only get 1hr to thereselfs in a day and that is the reason why many kids in our country today don't do there homework because of the time they have wasted going to school, preparing for it, and doing homework. I hope you all understand what i'm saying now because what i'm saying can increase the education rate in this country and improve the grades of kids at the same rate. Thankyou and have a nice day

    April 2, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  1007. Darrien

    I do not think it is a good idea to add etra school hours. They should give us friday off if they deside to do this.Kids already act up from being cramped in school for about 6 hours how do you think they would act being in school for about 10 hours.We should also be able to bring video games to school if we are going to be stuck there that long. NO MORE TIME AT SCHOOL.

    April 2, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  1008. Dalonte

    Well I really don't like school and I wish it was shorter because kids have other things to do.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  1009. matthew

    I think that school days are fine as they are. I do not want any more school than I already have. I am extremely happy that Obama is president, but I do not agree with his school policy. We learn enough in the normal school year.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  1010. Therese

    Well I think that what the President want is neccesary, because if you look at the statistics other countries like Japan, and Sinapore do have better test scores. And yes I am a child here and would not like longer schooldays. but, I want the same opportunity other countries give for ther children to me. I would not like to go to a job interview, and not get the job not because i did learn enough material needed for this job but to be able to not get the job for a better reason. So this is why i do think that we need longer hours. I do not want it, but we really need it in the states with the lowest test scores. But with longer classes we need more breaks and better teachers.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  1011. Zakiyyah

    I really don't think school should be any longer. We already have to be at school for 8 hours. I'm stressed enough. If we really wanted more school we'd have it already and it'd be all over the Internet. If school becomes any longer, it'll only exhaust our brains causing us to lose energy and focus less. Kids barely like school as it is. The best part is being with friends. School cuts into our day, causing to sleep even less. What kind of mess is this? I do not, I repeat DO NOT want school to be longer.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  1012. Tania

    School is already long enough!!!! Making it longer will only pressure more high schoolers to drop out and nobody would get a job.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  1013. Victor

    We don't need more time at school. We already have about 8 hours and anymore would just be tiring. Too much school would also make us less productive. We don't need more time because we have about the right amount of school to learn and have a good life.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  1014. Joyce

    I think school is long enough..........no i think president Obama should actually cut school hours. School is really realy boring and we shouldn't have to spend like 6 hours there Monday through Friday. If he went to my middle school I bet he would feel the same way too! Nobody likes just sitting in a classroom doing work. If he makes school longer we'll have to do boring work even longer. Kids want to be home not at school!

    April 2, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  1015. cnn

    i would never agree with this. they just extended our school year by a week and 5 days! we dont need any more school.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  1016. anna shaw

    i am in china ,so it does effect me .But you know chinese students usually spent at least 8 hour in classes .I mean it is so boring. It needn't to longer school time

    April 5, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  1017. Brian

    This is CRAZY! School's already boring enough

    April 8, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  1018. Rocio

    i dont agree with this because of the fact that some of us have jobs that means if we get longer school days then that means less hours of work and some of us nedd the money. second we as students are tierd enough of school. dont yall think if we make it longer there is gonna be more people skipping class or school.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  1019. Humberto

    No I don't agree because of the kids or students can barely survive with the school days we already have and don't need any more. I also don't agree because with 8 hours we already have stress out many people.

    April 13, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  1020. Corey

    I think school is just fine the way it is if students can't get done what they need to get done in the time we have in school. They need to take a class on how to manage time. If you ask me i think obama should lower the time we have at school because some people don't even use that time to do what they need to do. If you lower the time more people do work so they can leave and so they won't fail you digg!!

    April 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  1021. miriam

    I think obama may not do that because is the time that the students stay in school is good then if obama decided to make the school longer the students going to drop up.

    April 14, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  1022. miriam

    I think that this is just another way for the government to get money. I would prefer the free riding though, because you are paying only for riding on highways. What if you use back roads, and are only on highways for a short time each day? And what if you rarely go on highways? It’s a good thing you only have to pay $54 every two years.
    My town has a license that you get for free. It’s not required but recommended because they use it if your bike gets stolen. Now it will be $54. Oh well… good thing I’m under 18; I like riding my bike

    April 14, 2009 at 12:32 pm |