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Longer school day, shorter holidays, aibu?

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Damselion Thu 18-Apr-13 18:30:29

To think Michael Gove should fuck off? I spend less time with my DC than their teacher's do as it is...

LindyHemming Thu 18-Apr-13 18:32:02

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Damselion Thu 18-Apr-13 18:34:24

"In Scandanavia and Finland they have longer holidays (particularly summer) and shorter school days, naturally on the whole it is a more successful system. Gove is a fool." Quote from a Guardian reader

HoHoHoNoYouDont Thu 18-Apr-13 18:34:25

Or perhaps they should invest more in education and reduce class sizes for a start.

pootlebug Thu 18-Apr-13 18:36:32

What euphemia said.

picnicbasketcase Thu 18-Apr-13 18:36:50

I wholeheartedly endorse Euphemia's fuckoffity themed statements.

trinity0097 Thu 18-Apr-13 18:37:36

I'm sure that teachers will be willing to work more days than their contracted 195 days if they also receive an appropriate increase in pay! Not sure Mr Gove has budgeted for that!

Ohwooisme Thu 18-Apr-13 18:38:15

I don't even have the words to say what I think about that man and his policies. Love the quote from the guardian reader.

SuffolkNWhat Thu 18-Apr-13 18:38:19

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LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Thu 18-Apr-13 18:38:45

The man's a complete twat.
End of.

scrappydappydoo Thu 18-Apr-13 18:39:03

Maybe he should concentrate on making sure there are enough school places first.....

LizzieVereker Thu 18-Apr-13 18:42:47

I don't think we have to worry about Gove too much, I'm pretty sure he's about to rip his rubbery face off and reveal himself to be one of the Slitheen. Any minute now. Waiting...

Damselion Thu 18-Apr-13 18:45:05

Do you think this could be brought in? I know a local school who are now staying open until 4:15

SuffolkNWhat Thu 18-Apr-13 18:45:08

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AuntieStella Thu 18-Apr-13 18:48:13

Those lambasting Gove might like to be aware that this is a rip off of the US KIPP programme, also under discussion for implementation under Gordon Brown, and also under study by the Scottish Executive (links on he thread In The News).

So say the policy is stupid, by all means, but remember that it's neither a Goveism, nor the first time it's come up.

Actually, I think this is a good example of one of those ideas at pops up intervals to stimulate discussion without there ever being a realistic chance of it being implemented. There are quite a few cyclical educational theories that do this.

jellybeans Thu 18-Apr-13 18:50:40

Very bad idea. Would rather homeschool than DC be in school all year with less holidays. It's always about childcare.

DribbleWiper Thu 18-Apr-13 18:51:56

So, to sum up, both the policy and the Idiot Gove should fucketh off!

Kids are knackered at the end of term. This is yet more evidence that Gove hasn't a clue about teaching or schools.

CockyFox Thu 18-Apr-13 18:52:12

My dad was a teacher, he left the house at 7.30am and returned at 6pm and did planning and marking on top of that and was in school at least twice a week in the holidays. That was on a 32.5 hr contract I would have never have seen him if he had had to actually teach longer hours than he did.
So quite apart from the fact children would be exhausted I can be quite sure that teachers would lose the limited time they have with their families and would quit in droves.
Gove is a prize idiot.

exoticfruits Thu 18-Apr-13 18:52:34

I am thoroughly glad I am not teaching anymore!
According to today's Times he wants to get rid of TAs too and have teachers get back to collecting dinner money etc.
I think we need to get rid of Michael Gove- he certainly wants to get rid of teachers! How does he think the country can afford the extra days he wants them to work? hmm

Damselion Thu 18-Apr-13 18:53:06

Even the comments on this policy on the Daily Hate website think this is a bad idea....

exoticfruits Thu 18-Apr-13 18:53:23

They will quit in droves CockyFox - they might as well live in a cupboard at school!

MrsHuxtable Thu 18-Apr-13 18:53:54

If that was to happen, I'd home school.

Don't think it would happen in Scotland though.

Rosesforrosie Thu 18-Apr-13 18:56:32

Gove is a wanker.

But he's a dangerous wanker, with an awful lot of power. We have a lot to be afraid of while he is in power.

TheCrackFox Thu 18-Apr-13 18:56:43

Has Gove completely forgotten his entire childhood? Most children would be utterly exhausted and miserable.

On a further note, if the school holidays are shortened the price of holidays in this period will absolutely rocket.

LindyHemming Thu 18-Apr-13 18:58:36

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