Re: Obama urges longer school hours
@Zero-It depends on how they handle it. Block scheduling and longer classes are relatively useless, I agree. Using that time for new mandatory classes wouldn't be that bad though. Imagine if something like a debating class was mandatory in schools starting at a relatively young age (assuming logic over pure persuasiveness was emphasized)? That would have the potential of greatly increasing the non-dumbassery level of society as a whole, if coupled with a higher standard necessary to pass classes. Among other things, of course.
If most of society grasped the concepts of logical and rational thought to a decently high degree, then there would potentially be a fuckload less stupid ass shit going on. And that's just one extra class added to the overall curriculum. That would be totally worth adding an extra 40 minutes to a pretty damn short workday as far as I'm concerned, yo.