Keep it the same
the grade shouldent exist and they should stay in school till 12th grade
I thought it was determined by age not grade completion? Could of sworn it was 16, at least in Florida.
"I am not among those who fear the people. They and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1816 "[F]acts are before ideas." -- Mikhail Bakunin, 1882
Still, I've never regretted it.
I don't think anyone should be able to drop out and if they do, they should be ineligible for any form of public assistance or welfare. They have a chance to make something of themselves, if they ignore it, why should we care?
There are over 1.5 million children home schooled also that have no age determination for dropping out or completion.
Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
And then there's just the fact that an 8th grade education isn't adequate for basic existence. I actually did travel after high school. If I had stopped at the typical 8th grade education level, I wouldn't have been functional enough to even care for myself. Hell, I was advanced, and even with higher than average education at graduation, it's still hard at 18 simply because 18-year-olds don't have any life experience and not a ton of common sense either. I am certain I'd be dead if I had attempted it at 14, with an even more under-baked cerebral cortex. Starting a business at that education level? Are you kidding?
These are young kids who won't and can't do anything but sit at home and twiddle their thumbs when they drop out so young. They aren't going to "speed up" their dreams by dropping out without either the skills or the legal right to do even the basics. Let's be real.
Our education system, sadly, is designed in such a way that most students won't benefit from it very much. But letting them abandon it earlier under the auspice that they'll go after some kind of legally-impossible dream with no more education and an undeveloped brain and no life experience is just silly. Let's fix the system instead, and try to aim the right kind of education at the right students.
And the teachers and the schools must have minimum standards too.However, everyone should be required to get a HS diploma - if they have mental issues they should receive extra help, and if they are prone to not giving a damn they should be required to at least meet minimum standards.
A court order with a possible transfer to another school may also be in order.If they refuse, they also should recieve extra help, but in a different form, up to and including armed guards locking them in a classroom until they either die or learn.
Ok that last bit might be SLIGHTLY overkill.
Given that one cannot be fired for attending jury duty, a similar measure may be used here.Edit: Further, I would fully support a law that requires parents to attend some meetings between the parents, the teacher, and the kid.
And by requires I mean if you don't show up an arrest warrant is issued and the police can drag your ass there. Pay the parents for their time if necessary, assuming their financial situation is that desperate. And don't allow them to be fired for not being at work during such a meeting.
I think we need to think over how the students are educated and change the system or start from scratch if it is not giving the wanted results.Man, I'm turning into a totalitarian or something...
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