Link, although I'm sure you all follow politics enough to know what he has suggested, which is long school days in a longer school year. What are your opinions on this? I think the idea is missing the problem completely. I think the American school system needs a fundamental change if it's not working, not just more of the same curriculum that isn't doing a good enough job. I think American children are not doing well in school due to domestic issues and a non productive social attitude toward learning. I won't get into this because it could be its own thread. I remember seeing this story on NBC a while ago, and they compared the several schools in America that already skip summer vacation to regular ones. The study showed that the results were minimal at best - small enough to be negligible.