"Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas," the president said earlier this year. "Not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom."Just give the plan a snappy title--No Child Left Outside?--and watch it sail through Congress.
The president, who has a sixth-grader and a third-grader, wants schools to add time to classes, to stay open late and to let kids in on weekends so they have a safe place to go.
In all seriousness, reconfiguring the summer break is way, way overdue.