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FACT CHECK: Are US Students Really That Bad?

May 21, 2009

Here is an interesting story about the US education system.  You may remember President Obama said back in March that they should look at what Korea is doing and extend the school year.  Here is what the article says about this:

Obama’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, says American kids don’t spend enough time in school.

“Our children are competing for jobs against children in India and China today, and those children are going to school 25, 30 percent more than us,” Duncan said at Brookings this past week.

Obama himself said in March: “Our children spend over a month less in school than children in South Korea every year. If they can do that in South Korea, we can do it right here in the United States of America.”

The president is in luck: The U.S. already is doing it.

South Koreans do have a longer school year, measured in days. But Americans actually spend more time in school. The average U.S. eighth-grader has 1,146 instructional hours a year, compared with 923 hours a year in South Korea.

Click Here for the Full Story (The Associated Press)

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