1. CobbGOPer says:

    Seriously. Rule #1 in politics: People who can’t vote don’t count.

    Let’s do something constructive for people who can actually cast a ballot.

  2. jsm says:

    “A new bill in the state Legislature would allow school systems to shorter the school year by as many as ten days to give students more summer vacation time with their families.”

    When I was a kid, we did 180 days and had longer summers. I think it’s because we had fewer off days during the year (Christmas break, spring break, and occasional teacher work days and government holidays).

    This kinda thing doesn’t look good when Georgia stays at or near the bottom for education scores nationwide.

  3. David says:

    Shorten the year? Please tell me no one is seriously considering this. This state has academic scoring levels that are on par with those of Willie B!!! This is priceless! Of course we would all like to have our kids see more monster truck rallies and ‘rasslin’ matches during this extended vacation! We are SO screwed!

  4. DougieFresh says:

    Georgia’s troubles in education have nothing to do with the length of the year. Perhaps if more was expected from students, they could learn what they learn now in 90 days.

  5. CHelf says:

    ‘Rassling matches? Try the local malls, skate board parks, or in front of the television watching TRL or playing the latest video games.

    Or you could say that kids aren’t learning anything anyways. Why pump billions into failing schools? Just slowly wean kids out of school altogether by dropping the number of days they are in a building being taught nothing…

    Honestly, what’s in the water cooler at the Capitol? More vacation time with their families? Not unless they want to mandate paid family leave? Or mandate holiday like in Europe? Try forcing higher day care costs for families with both parents working. Or adding to the overall confusion of malls where security guards become free babysitters. I’m checking to see if these legislators own stock in Viacom to add to the daytime audience to boost ratings….or the video game companies.

    And packing more instruction into less days? Unless you plan on making the school day longer, this really will not work. Try spending a few days visiting a local school and talking to teachers before trying to muck up the system even more.

  6. Mike Hassinger says:

    David, you need to be more specific with your question. Which State is at the top in academic achievement? If you go by SAT scores, the top 5 are 1. North Dakota, 2. Iowa, 3. Illinois, 4. South Dakota, with Minnesota and Wisconsin tied at #5.

    The states with the highest ranked elementary schools (from 2003) based on 4th grade reading tests are 1. New Hamspire, 2. Massachussetts, 3. Connecticut, 4. Vermont and 5. Minnesota.

    Our educational system is very good at collecting data, not matter how many (or few) days in the school year.

  7. David says:

    Thanks, Mike, I’m trying to see where it is need to go to find a wife for the purpose of having a child…LMAO! Doesn’t look like, if you use the school rankings, there’s much in the gene pool here. After all, my 165 IQ will be effectively split and I can’t do it all!! Too funny…

  8. DougieFresh says:

    SAT scores are a poor measure of school performance. Where I grew up, Ohio, alot of people only took the ACT, and only the better students were assured to take the SAT, skewing the results.

    I think it is the same way in other midwestern states, which may explain why they have such high SAT scores.

    Also, according to the people who developed the SAT, it is supposed to test intelligence, not knowledge. Most of the function of a public school, especially for the average and below average student, is to teach knowledge, not develop intellect.

    David, was the point of your post to brag about your IQ?

    CHelf, time in the classroom does not guarentee success. I learned much more about the world on my own through reading than I did in high school. Raising the standards in the state of Georgia, and the expectation of parents is the way to go, not spending more money and time.

  9. gatormathis says:

    So, how you go about getting a hunert-an-sixty five iq anyways? Go to Ga Tech?

    You get it outa Georgia? Imported even?

    You start out building abacuses with your legos and tinker toys?

    Come now, give us some pointers……….

  10. David says:

    Actually, I am the product of a mixed marriage. Yankee mother, GA father. Whenever I raise hell about the apparent lack of smarts of the local kids these days, I am often reminded that I, too, was born here. But I always point out that I’m only 1/2 local.

  11. Overincorporated Fulton says:

    If kids can learn what they learn now in 180 days in only 90 days, that does not mean the school year should be shortened to 90 days. It means we should use the other 90 to keep educating them.

    I agree with Erick. (someone record this moment). Is it really so much? Spend time with families my rear end. Extra time with Mom and Dad will just result in more aimless wandering of North Point Mall.

  12. GaMongrel says:

    Geez – don’t make my kids do more with less. i get enough of that at work.

    And lengthening the summer vacation interval does not mean i’ll be taking those extra days for vacation time.

    Just means more money out of my pocket finding camps and day care for my out of school children.

    Give me more days in school, less hours per day and more frequent, smaller vacation periods.

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