It is a student's right to skip school and/or choose their lessons
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Somehow, over many years, school has turned from an option for those interested in learning, and more as a chore for the kids and adults. The children don't want to go, and the parents don't want to pay, yet both are doing so because of a 'right'.
School has found a way to take dreams and interests and turn them into paperwork and loss of childhood, which is already short. I believe that if a person or parent chooses that they or their child doesn't need the stress of schooling anymore, they should have the 'right' to take them out of the school. Of course, we don't want future generations becoming imbecils because their anscestors were lazy, but if students want to, they ought to be allowed to leave school after the sixth grade. After all, when has anyone used 'Pi' or 'x-y' in real life problems anyways? Besides Sheldon Cooper?
And if we don't let children leave school early on, then why can't they at least drop classes that will not help them in their future jobs or career choices? They do it in coledge; why not high school? If you plan on being a writer, why study Science? If you plan on being a Vet, why worry about Literature? If you plan on being a historian, what's the point in running laps around a field and practicing streches?
These meaningless lessons are filling up students' memory until they no longer have space for what they will need to know later in life. If you are skilled in music, you should be able to practice and increase your skill and not spend time cramming your mind with other irrelevent pieces of information. If you're interested in Biology and that's what you want to learn about, you should be able to focus on that, and not the periodic table.
It may also be true that phases occur where we feel most attracted to certain things, and later on we change our minds, and in these cases, where it turns out you were interested in Biology but are now interested in Biomes, then you should be able to choose Biomes for your next semester or school year. It is boring and puts young minds to sleep when they are forced to review the same topic they don't particulary care about for a full term in each class. It's bad enough that at a certain point in school, recess ceases to exist, as do field trips-- but then add bullying and lack of interest in the topic because it is portrayed so dully....that's the perfect combination for failing grades, depression and in worst cases suicide.
It seems drastic, but all these problems, not to mention family situation and social lives and hormones/growth and personal problems and worrying about future jobs/career choices and society expectations--it's enough to drive anyone crazy. There are many reports of students commiting suicide from all the pressure.
Pressure from a 'right'. Not a law, but a right.
You also asked why take course's that have nothing to do with what you want to be? Every degree requires classes that have nothing to do with your chosen field and a big reason for that is because employers want to see that you are willing to work for something to reach a goal even if it has nothing to do with that goal. They know PE has nothing to do with being a computer programmer but if that's what you want to be then they want to see the willingness to work for it. It shows character and determination. They don't want to see that you will work hard to create whatever it is your job has you create and then walk away as soon as something pops up that doesn't interest you. If you are the best programmer but quit each time you have to walk across the building to print something then you aren't really worth much.
By the time you are 18 they hope you have gained the knowledge and maturity to make good decisions. Until that point it needs to made for you. How many 10 year olds would really choose school over video games?
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