The Cage Biden Wants for American Children
Is it better for a 3-year-old child to spend more time with a government employee or a mother?
President Joe Biden is pushing for a federal program to put preschool children in the hands of the former -- theoretically, as a benefit to the latter.
What about summer vacations? Should children have them? Or is it better to keep them in school 12 months a year?
Cynthia Marten, superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District, took the latter position at a Senate confirmation hearing last week.
She is Biden's nominee to be deputy secretary of Education.
Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia -- seeing the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to permanently expand government control over the lives of American children -- asked Marten about the prospect of keeping them in school for the summer.
"I would hope that both summer of 2021 and summer of 2022 might be powerful opportunities for us to A. help kids catch up, but we might also learn some things about what the optimal length of the school year should be," said Kaine.
"I mean, we could use it as an experiment, and we might come out of the experiment and decide that, you know, the September-to-May (school year), there's nothing magic about it," Kaine said, "and possibly the best way to help our kids is to have a longer school year, or to readjust the school calendar to minimize learning loss."
Marten agreed with Kaine.
"I think that you've cast a vision not just for this summer but the following summer, and that's the kind of forward thinking that I think would be important if I should be confirmed, that we're able to not just have an immediate reaction to what needs to be addressed, but long-term planning," she said.