Open thread: Should school attendance be mandatory?
From my previous post, a nagging question was raised that I have been struggling with for quite some time:
Should attendance in school be mandatory?
I am torn. On the one hand, we assume that the end of mandatory attendance laws would make schools places more focused on learning. We assume that administrators would then be willing to dismiss students who disrupt the environment, who attend for purely social reasons-- including picking fights with other students. I wonder if that would be the case. Couldn't it be possible that, given the vagaries of attendance numbers that would then ensue, administrators would be MORE deperate to hold on to kids who were willing to show up? That's been one of my concerns, I'll be honest.
On the other hand, we all get absolutely tired of being held accountable for the performance of those who just don't want an education.
So, what do you think? I need some help here.
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