This is one of the most ridiculous suggestions I’ve ever read! Put kids in school for eight hours? That’s nothing short of insanity. It’s too long a day, especially for young children. As it is, the push to all-day kindergarten is going too far, at least in my personal opinion. Most five-year-old children are exhausted after a half day! Plus, they need play time. And I don’t mean 15 minutes for recess morning and afternoon.
We’re going to hold our children hostage to our work schedules? I wonder if the author consulted child psychologists, school psychologists, child-developmental specialists, and teachers before coming to this “solution.”
As others have said, it’s employers have to get in line with family life, not the other way around. In other countries, people work to live. In the U.S. we live to work. That’s not life. Our children (collectively, as a nation’s future) are far more important than our jobs. Our jobs, if we have kids, is to be the best parents we can be. And sticking them in school for eight hours a day, taking away their holiday vacations, etc., is most certainly NOT the way to do it.