There's no reason those kids we all know aren't going to college shouldn't be graduating 12th grade with a certified job qualification for their new chosen profession.
"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger
going through the motions of going to school everyday and barely passing grade because of the mercy of the teacher is not "education". It's a waste of time.
That being said, I do think that the school system should account for low initiative students and offer them alternative schooling classes. In fact, this should be the norm... people learn differently. This is a major problem today and we need to create a new educational paradigm that allows children to explore what they're good at and what their desires as.
You can tell, I'm an adept of Sir Ken Robinson. I think he's on to something.
So that's why I voted "other". I don't think forcing kids to finish 12 grades or not is any useful if they don't participate in class and actually educate themselves. It's a failure of both the parents and the outdated system.
It depends on what you mean by "force". I think we ought to provide negative consequences for not graduating from high school, they ought to suffer if they decide not to get an education because an education is the best way to make them financially self-sufficient that we have. If you want to drop out, fine, but I don't think you should be able to get any social services if you do and parents of children that drop out should not get any welfare money for them. As far as I'm concerned, school is their job. Quitting their job ought to mean they stop getting a "paycheck". Don't like that? Don't drop out.
The scenario you describe can easily come about even with a diploma. How that piece of paper magically prevents having multiple wives and kids and needing public assistance is beyond me.
Currently in New South Wales, a student must stay at school until they are 17 or prove they have a job. It is a pointless exercise to make students stay at school if they don't want to be there. I have classes with students who just disrupt the learning of their peers because they are too lazy to do any work, have no interest in doing in work, haven't done any work for years and have been shoved through the system.
I also am in favour of a three level high school as they do in Europe; one for those students who will go to uni, one for those students who will go into a trade or who are not bright enough for uni (not that intelligence is a pre requisite these days) and one for those who have no interest in learning and should be trained in such life style skills such as filling out forms, managing on a low income etc.
When we get back to teaching instead of baby sitting as we are most of the time now, things will change for the better.
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