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By Michelle Malkin  •  September 28, 2009 12:00 AM

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The community organizer-in-chief is now pushing schools to cut back on summer vacation. Local control, schmocal control:

Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way.

Obama says American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe.

“Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas,” the president said earlier this year. “Not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom.”

The president, who has a sixth-grader and a third-grader, wants schools to add time to classes, to stay open late and to let kids in on weekends so they have a safe place to go.

“Our school calendar is based upon the agrarian economy and not too many of our kids are working the fields today,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

If schools wasted less time on “social justice,” “Everyday Math” crap, eco-zealotry, field trips to gay weddings and illegal alien day labor centers, rappin’, revolution, and radicalism, and searching for children’s “inner Obamas,” they wouldn’t need to make up all the squandered days and weeks during the summer.

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Speaking of wasted classroom time, here’s the latest explanation from the Burlington Township NJ superintendent who oversees B. Bernice Young Elementary School, home of the infamous Obama Praise Hymn Video. He’s not upset about the hymn. He’s upset about the recording:

September 25, 2009

Dear Burlington Township Families:

By now, we’re sure that you are aware of a video placed on the Internet that has been reported heavily by the media. The video is of a class of students singing a song about President Obama.

Over the past two days we have been able to learn more about this situation and would like to provide you with some additional information. The song was one of eight skits performed during a February 2009 program that included second grade classes. Parents attended the program which took place on February 27, 2009. The other skits in the program included Groundhog Day, Chinese New Year, Abraham Lincoln, Valentine’s Day, George Washington, Mardi Gras, and Dental Health Month. The song about President Obama was in recognition of Black History Month. We have been informed that the lyrics of the song were sent home with the children in advance of the assembly, which was the teacher’s normal procedure. There were no concerns or complaints prior to, during, or after the program.

On March 23, 2009, an author visited the Young School as part of the school’s Women’s History Month recognition. As is usual procedure, parents were notified prior to the visit and invited to attend. The author presented two assemblies during which she read from two of her books. She also met with the Teen Book Club at our high school and did an evening book signing for parents and children. The author was accompanied by two individuals. After the first assembly on March 23rd, the class that performed the song at the February assembly about President Obama provided a special performance for the author, since one of the books she wrote was about Barack Obama. We were informed by a representative of the author that one of the individuals who accompanied the author video recorded the performance. School staff had no knowledge of the recording.

We have learned that the video was posted on the author’s website without district approval or knowledge. It appears that another party copied the video from the author’s website and placed it on YouTube. We have been informed that the video has been removed from the author’s website.

Our district takes measures to ensure that our children’s privacy is protected. We are carefully evaluating what occurred and will implement any additional needed procedures to prevent children’s images in school from being publicly posted without permission. We will also provide reasonable direction and guidelines so that classroom activities will not give the appearance of promoting a particular political perspective.

Now he’s worried about the “appearance of promoting a particular political perspective?” What did he expect he’d get from the author of “I Am Barack Obama?!”

FYI: Two years ago, I reported on mock terrorism drills at Burlington Township H.S. that substituted armed Christian “Crusaders” for Islamic jihadists.

In other words: The district has already been in trouble for promoting a “particular political perspective” before.

Strike two.

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