WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is calling for a longer school year, saying the U.S. education system needs to be more "globally competitive."

In an interview on NBC yesterday, Obama said U.S. students attend classes nearly a month less than children in most other advanced countries. As a result, he says, many lose a lot of what they learn throughout the school year over the summer break.

Parents of students in Asbury Park tell News 12 New Jersey they think Obama's proposal is a good idea. Students say they should get a longer vacation.

The president called on both students and teachers to achieve higher standards. He endorsed firing poor performing educators who fail to improve.

Obama also announced a goal of recruiting 10,000 teachers who specialize in science, technology, engineering and math over the next two years.

AP wire services contributed to this report.