Children do not need to be in school longer. They need to be in there shorter, shorter days, smaller class sizes.
After school programs may be needed for some, but we are trying to treat a symptom and not the problem. Why do we have single parents in droves? Why do we need two incomes? Kids don’t do well in an 8 hour school environment. This is just a blatant attempt to take children from being influenced by their parents and shifting it to government propaganda.
Parents need to step up and realize they are the single most important person in their children’s education. Do that and it won’t be too long before we see the true problems minimizing. They need to accept responsibility, even if they were ‘born into their circumstances’ it’s their job to get out. Our job is to not hold them back, not hand it to them on a silver platter.