Personally, I highly disagree with the decision. If such thing would happen, it would be detrimental to the state. I agree with the public schools
being weak, although there is still homeschooling available.
It would contribute far more to the education of the children, when parents had more say in the standards made higher, although ending compulsury
education would be the most absurd thing to do.
Come on, people. Parents should not have their say in whether their child gets an education at all. This can seriously ruin a child´s future, if
their parents are not supportive in educating the child. Every child needs an education, otherwise the future will be very dark, much darker than it
is right now.
Just my counterarguments for several arguments I noticed here.
1) Only basic math, reading and sciences is needed.
To be honest, schools are not about giving one skills for life. They are about teaching one to think. There are many studies showing the advantages of
learning advanced math, even when you never need to use integrals or derivatives in real life. For example, math majors beat law school major at LSATs
by large. The abstract thinking, analysing skills you get from learning more advanced math are useful to anybody, whatever one does for living. Also
in that way a lot of Americans would be even more ignorant as many are right now about what is happening in the world and locally without even knowing
how the local system works? . Corporations would get much more power in their hands. Every corporation loves mindless consumers
You can tell pretty easily the education of a person simply by listening to them talking a while. The vocabulary, sentence structures are much more
basic compared to more educated ones.
Originally posted by Elliot
Children will always be learning, even if they are not at school.
The essentials are to read and write and of course basic math.
After that, it is an inquisitive mind and books.
Those who are going to be up to mischief, will always be up to mischief even if they have been to school.
A child that wants to learn........WILL learn!
Too many parents are working long days, so they do not have much time for their kids, also many are not able to afford a babysitter or a private
teacher. Also I doubt many parents have the skills to teach their kids.
Do you seriously believe a child would actually read some book, learn about how the world works when they are home alone? With all the consoles,
computers, TV programs etc etc? Every child needs a push. I remember my young nephew, when I used to babysit him every once in a while. He loved
learning all kinds of things back then, all kids are like sponges which soak all the information up they hear , although if there was a choice he
preferred just playing or watching TV instead. He did not have xbox yet back then. If I wasn´t there to push him learn to read, write, basic math, he
would never have done it alone. With all the ADHD and so many more interesting options, most kids would not have the discipline to learn things on
I personally do not support homeschooling or private schools. It is possible to create a very strong public school system. Round here private schools
are pretty much pointless. The strongest public schools are nearly impossible to compete with. Currently the strongest private schools rank in the
bottom of top 100, out of the 500 schools total in this quite small country. Home schooling is pointless as it would require hiring many different
teachers. The requirements are quite high at schools and most people are not able to teach all the end-middle school/high school subjects. There are
no voluntary subjects (sometimes there is choice though a´la Spanish or French?) and national math examination is obligatory to everyone, which not
very easy to pass, especially for the weaker ones. Failure=graduation one year later (unless extra examination in the summer is passed). To get to
university exam is a must, although vocational schools do not require national examinations.
An educated nation is important for every country, ( especially in the nearer future, when many very easy jobs are replaced with computers and/or
exported outside the country) unless the goal is to get as many dumb people as possible... America has already too many not-the-brightest people,
they do not need any more, which would happen if this would pass.
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