That tended (and still is) a problem for drop-outs. You ended up finding out about 30 years ago that a lot of drop-outs had just missed out on a large chunk of vocational skills and finance awareness by a year or two. You'd load all (or much) of that in a student's final two years of education, and then you'd find out that these kids couldn't keep a job, hadn't grabbed one, weren't knowledgeable for getting an apartment, etc.
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"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
everyone should have to at least finish high school with some rare exceptions.
I think you're looking at dropping out in this way: Kid doesn't want to go to school anymore and drops out / Adult decides child doesn't need to go to school anymore and drops out. . . and both of these are done to do things like get married or whatever. No further education is expected or planned.
But in order to move or just transfer schools you must be able to drop out of one school system and enroll in the next.
And some drop out to enroll in private schools, be home schooled. ETC.
Setting arbitrary age-limits also holds back and anchors down children who are exceptionally advanced and don't need to stay in school until they're 18 - because they're advanced and it's just not necessary.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
The thing that disturbs me is that Home Ec is no longer offered in many schools. We still need to eat - which sometimes requires cooking - and we should all know the basics of sewing in order to repair clothing...or make new. There is a great community need for these skills, and I see it as a problem coming up in the future. We're raising a generation of people who have never been taught how to do these things, and that's not good, IMO.
Eighteen-year-old youths can have the knowledge, empathy, and reasoning skills of a full-grown adult--but not the judgment skills. Giving them the freedom to screw themselves over for life is absurd.
Let's have the conversation about different kinds of education, such as trade schools, not whether they should be in school in the first place.
I have to agree with the others in this thread, if you want to drop out you have to be accepted for a trade or another option. Though I would not do it at any expense of the intellectual education and development of the knowledge economy.
Islam is an antiquated religion and needs to either modernize with the times or be completely eradicated.
There are two types of Muslims, terrorists, and their enablers. They need to fix that if they want to be part of civilized society.