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    Dropping out of school

    Should the ability to drop out of high school be allowed? Or should we start forcing students to attend school until they pass 12th grade? (note: this only applies to 17 and younger as adults should be making their own choices)

    Personally I think that we should force them to continue through 12th grade. It is pretty much a requirement in this day and age that people have at least a 12th grade education just to get a job slightly above minimum wage.
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    Re: Dropping out of school

    I think so (not to your headline question, but to the question in your post), but I think we need to pay more attention to what skill sets and information we give 15-16 year olds so they can stand a better chance, so that if they do drop-out, we aren't completely ​dropping the ball with these kids.
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    Re: Dropping out of school

    We don't force them now- at least not in this part of the country.

    And no, we shouldn't force them at all. Some kids just aren't going to make the grade, no matter how long you make them stay in high school. That being said, I think it would be great to have more of what we used to call trade schools, where kids who aren't scholastically inclined can learn some useful skills for working a real job.
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    Re: Dropping out of school

    I agree that it's in their best interest to stay until the end of their HS time. But then again, when you force them to stay, they can be disruptive and that would negatively impact the kids who are there to learn. So I can't really say yes or no.

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    Re: Dropping out of school

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Should the ability to drop out of high school be allowed? Or should we start forcing students to attend school until they pass 12th grade? (note: this only applies to 17 and younger as adults should be making their own choices)

    Personally I think that we should force them to continue through 12th grade. It is pretty much a requirement in this day and age that people have at least a 12th grade education just to get a job slightly above minimum wage.
    Kids should be allowed to drop out of formal schooling at age 16. However, they are first required to find a two year apprentice ship like how Germany does it before they are allowed to leave.
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    Re: Dropping out of school

    Some states require a minor to attend school unless they have graduated. Once they reach 18 the choice becomes theirs to remain in school if they have not already graduated. I personally feel the age in these states should be lowered to 16 I mean we allow them at 16 to put the publics safety at risk but they do not have the maturity to make other decisions for themselves? Seems kinda odd to me.

    Edit to add- I think our entire education system should be reformed. I believe if done correctly a person would already have most of the skills they need to function in society by age 16 and should already be in career/interest specific courses (college) at that age.

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    Re: Dropping out of school

    Yes I think we should. I also think we should start giving technical school options once you reach high school. But to answer your question, yes I do.


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    Re: Dropping out of school

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Should the ability to drop out of high school be allowed? Or should we start forcing students to attend school until they pass 12th grade? (note: this only applies to 17 and younger as adults should be making their own choices)

    Personally I think that we should force them to continue through 12th grade. It is pretty much a requirement in this day and age that people have at least a 12th grade education just to get a job slightly above minimum wage.
    I like it the way it is. Compulsory until age 16. Nothing worse for people who want to learn than to fill seats with people who are just there to waste time or act out.

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    Re: Dropping out of school

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    We don't force them now- at least not in this part of the country.

    And no, we shouldn't force them at all. Some kids just aren't going to make the grade, no matter how long you make them stay in high school. That being said, I think it would be great to have more of what we used to call trade schools, where kids who aren't scholastically inclined can learn some useful skills for working a real job.
    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Kids should be allowed to drop out of formal schooling at age 16. However, they are first required to find a two year apprentice ship like how Germany does it before they are allowed to leave.
    I like the idea of an apprenticeship at a trade schoool. If they attempt to drop out. Perhaps give them the choice of either dropping out and going to a trade school or finishing high school.
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    Re: Dropping out of school

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    I like the idea of an apprenticeship at a trade schoool. If they attempt to drop out. Perhaps give them the choice of either dropping out and going to a trade school or finishing high school.
    I would make it a requirement to drop out that you've already been accepted to a two year trade school. Otherwise, you are required to stay in school. It's not a choice, if you want to drop out, you must get a formal acceptance. I think it would do real wonders for lots of kids who are simply not cut out for schooling at the same time not leaving them without skills. Maggie and Lizzie are right that kids who don't want to be there don't help anyone, but at the same time we cannot just let them drop out without any skills.
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