In the months since Education Secretary Arne Duncan was confirmed by the Senate he has said repeatedly he believes American schoolchildren need to be in class longer if they are to compete with students abroad--an idea that provokes strong opinions on both sides of the issue.

"Go ahead and boo me," Duncan told about 400 middle and high school students April 7 at a public school in northeast Denver. "I fundamentally think that our school day is too short, our school week is too short, and our school year is too short."

"You're competing for jobs with kids from India and China....

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