Friday, December 5, 2008

School Choice!

Do you remember last week when I posted Newt's editorial? Right, I don't know why I ask... Anyhow, Newt rightly notes:

It's time to declare the end of adolescence. As a social institution,
it's been a failure. The proof is all around us: 19% of eighth
graders, 36% of tenth graders, and 47% of twelfth graders say they
have used illegal drugs, according to a study by the National
Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan. One of every
four girls has a sexually transmitted disease, suggests a recent study
for the Centers for Disease Control. A methamphetamine epidemic among
the young is destroying lives, families, and communities. And American
students are learning at a frighteningly slower rate than Chinese and
Indian students
Anyhow, it seems that NELLIE POU (D35), BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN (D15), PATRICK J. DIEGNAN, JR. (D18), NILSA CRUZ-PEREZ (D5) and VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE (D37) all think that the requirement of compulsory school attendance should be raised from 16 to 18 according to bill 375.

Perhaps these politicians don't understand that school has nothing to offer some families and the education system has become another failure of liberal bureaucracy. At 16, these would be students can legally work and earn income to help support their families, or perhaps they could become an ambassador? Instead, these out of touch politicians want to force students, who don't want to be in school, to attend school anyhow, where, since they don't want to be there,  they are likely to just be a disturbance to the other students who do want to learn.

A well educated population is a necessity, requiring students to attend school when school has nothing to offer is not going to help anything. Allow those students who don't want to be in school to drop out and that much more time and money becomes available to the remaining students.

This bill is a step in the wrong direction for both youth rights and a better form of education. Bill 375 addresses no problems and offers no solutions to any actual problems that faces today's youth. These same politicians would NEVER have the fortitude to REQUIRE all "adults" (age 18+) to go vote, and they shouldn't - if you don't want to go vote, you're an idiot[MoreMonmouthMusings], but go ahead, don't vote, see if I care - no one should require you to do something you don't want to do, and have no interest in doing. 

Voting against this bill falls under: Voluntary action is the only ethical behavior; the individual owns his/her body and is therefore responsible for his/her actions; society is a responsibility of the people, not the government. Hopefully, our smarter legislators will vote against bill 375 and then propose their own bill that would allow a 16 year old to vote in the next election, now that would show some testicular fortitude.

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