"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
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.
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.
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?