Sec. of Ed.: Schools should be community centers; some kids ‘we should have 24/7’

Sec. of Ed.: Schools should be community centers; some kids ‘we should have 24/7’
Education Secretary Arne Duncan. (Image: CNSNews, Penny Star)

[Ed. – Just so we’re clear, this is Stalinism.  “Kids who don’t have parents at home”?  You mean the ones the civilized world has always referred to as “orphans,” and already has lots of arrangements for?]

Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday proposed the idea of public boarding schools open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for certain children who don’t have parents at home. …

“There’s just certain kids we should have 24/7 to really create a safe environment and give them a chance to be successful,” he said.

The event, organized by the Education Department, the Justice Department, and other federal programs and agencies, featured speakers and panels on preventing youth violence. …

Duncan said that schools should be more than a place for learning at the event.

“I think all of our schools should be community centers,” Duncan said. “Our schools should be open 12, 13, 14 hours a day with a wide variety of after-school programming.

“Thankfully, in the vast, vast majority of communities around the nation, our schools are actually safe havens,” Duncan said. “[There’s] very little violence happening in schools.

“The vast majority is on the streets,” Duncan said. “If we could keep our kids there longer, we think that makes a lot of sense.”

However, according to a “fact sheet” from the federal National Center for Education Statistics, some 1.3 million students ages 12 to 18 faced “victimization” at school in 2012, including 89,000 “serious violent victimizations.” The fact sheet also states that students faced more violence at school than away from school.

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