Granholm: Kids Need More Class Time

By: Meaghan M. Norman Email
By: Meaghan M. Norman Email

It's day one and while the kids are just learning where their classrooms are, the Governor is predicting and expecting success from kindergarten on up.

"The fact that we instilled high expectations at every single grade starting in 2004 and adding a new grade every year has meant we have seen continual improvement," said Governor Jennifer Granholm. "Hope is an example of a school that signals that all kids can learn whether they're coming from a challenged background or not."

Granholm toured Mount Hope Elementary on Tuesday where even if students didn't know her name, they knew she was important. She spoke to the children about studying hard and doing their best each and everyday. They looked at her wide eyed and excitedly one. One student even asked if she was the President. She praised the school's success and high standard for education but said the bar needs to be set higher.

"We've been trying to instill the principles that they apply at Mount Hope across the state and that's why we adopted high school and elementary school curriculum increases several years ago and the results we're seeing statewide are also very encouraging."

There has been marked progress at Lansing Schools particularly here at Mount Hope but Granholm says it's not enough to keep standards where they are.

"I think we need more time in the seats and that means we've got to have longer days or more hours. I'm certainly willing to look at it in a flexible way. But the bottom line is other countries, other states are requiring more of their students and we've got to do the same."

She not only wants students to want more but for educators to demand more.

"The bottom line is you need more time to learn."

More time for concepts and to be prepared for the future.

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  • by Linda Location: Lansing on Jan 18, 2011 at 05:10 AM
    Why is she still talking? She should be quiet and pack her stuff..Hasn't Michigan had enough of her? I know I have...
  • by Carol Location: haslett on Dec 13, 2010 at 03:39 PM
    Combine longer days with improved teaching and research proven later start for teens to impact achievement in a BIG way.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 10, 2010 at 05:55 AM
    Quantity does not equal quality.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2010 at 02:17 PM
    Granholm opens her mouth and "stupid" comes flowing out. She just can't seem to stop herself! School has just started and all you're hearing are complaints from parents about how the cutbacks to education are affecting class size, #of teachers, lack of books, busing, etc. and this governor wants to extend the class time? Besides the fact that kids NEED "family" time, how does this lame governor think she's going to come up with the money to pull this off when this state is already drowning in debt with NO JOBS? Jenny, how about you just keep a real low profile on your way out the door? The people of this State are just plain sick of you and your nonsense way of thinking.
  • by marty Location: brooklyn on Sep 8, 2010 at 08:14 AM
    maybe, we should have spent the 6.5 million on our schools instead of heated side walk in lansing!!!!
  • by just me Location: jackson on Sep 8, 2010 at 07:14 AM
    maybe we would have more money in the bugdet if they would REALLY look at where the money was going "a heated sidewalk" 6.5 million that could go to our schools where it sould have gone to 1st. if the education is her 1st concern.
  • by Jill Location: Spring Arbor on Sep 8, 2010 at 05:02 AM
    Again, the clueless government steps in and thinks MORE is better. I agree with all three statements to a certain degree. I don't know much about the MEA but I know that a few control many. I know that my kids (who are either homeschooled or in public schools by choice to play sports or be with their friends) have experienced some GREAT teachers over the years. These teachers give it all they've got and then some. But, sadly, as the kids get older the great teachers decrease. I agree with "not QUANTITY but QUALITY. But I resonate most with Allan. For God's sake let them be kids. Not EVERY child in school comes from an underpriveleged home yet, EVERY child is being held to that standard. I treasure family time and most parents I know are on the same page. Our children are increasingly being taken away from us to accomodate the parents that have abdicated their roll as parents. The MEAPS are a perfect example of the biggest waste of time and money imaginable.
  • by Jennifer Location: Leslie on Sep 8, 2010 at 04:15 AM
    Why is she still here? She is like a bad virus that just won't go away. Disgusting, pathetic woman. YUCK.
  • by Paula Location: Mulliken on Sep 8, 2010 at 03:58 AM
    Then lets do away with this stupid not starting school until after labor day. Our school district used to start up mid August giving the kids more time in school. While we are at it, lets make year round school, the kids are losing too much knowledge over the long summer break. Then we need to take a look at the "extended school year" for our special needs kids. I have an autistic daughter who had an "extended school year" that consisted of 6 Wednesday's out of the summer. They involved field trips to the movies, park, and bounce house, I see some advantages to her getting out a bit more, but not any more then the trips we were already going on this summer as a family. Lets make the "extended school year" just that, 6 days is just a laugh!
  • by wa-stuff Location: na on Sep 7, 2010 at 11:35 PM
    This from the Governor that supported and signed House Bill 4803 in October 2005 requiring all Michigan schools begin after Labor Day to promote tourism. Does she really think we forget that quickly?
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