The Thrasher Group
Require parents to keep kids in school
For years the government has struggled trying to eliminate the drop out problem. I heard discussion of changing the drop out age from 16 to 18 in an effort to keep the child in school longer.
Perhaps we should ask why the child should go to school? First, to prepare for life; second, to learn both verbal and nonverbal skills; and third, to give the child training in life skills and work opportunities.
We need to ask ourselves what happens when a child drops out of school. The answer is a given:
* They stop getting up to go to school.
* There is no more hassle with homework.
* There is no more being confined to a classroom.
* They have the freedom of doing nothing and receiving all the benefits life can afford.
When a parent allows the child to drop out of school the parent is saying the child has been taught enough and can handle his/her life without further education.
Thirty-three percent of West Virginia citizens receive help from the government (Department of Health and Human Resources), the guaranteed umbrella of housing, food, clothing and health care.
It would be so simple if the government would say, when the child drops out of school he/she will NEVER receive government assistance. I believe the parent would probably find the need to send the child to school to receive the child's benefit.
Is the government willing to go the route of solving the drop out concern via parent control?