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I believe that schooling should not be compulsory Making school education voluntary would actually educate people who want to learn in a better manner increase high school safety and be less of a detriment to our rights First of all making a child goto school for about six hours a day 180 days a year for about ten years is a violation of his or her liberties Keep in mind that the child has to attend until the legal age 16 in many states whether or not the child learns anything or could learn it faster or better somewhere else The government says it has a compelling interest in the education of children This might be true but that doesnt give them the right to make it compulsory If something like public schooling was compulsory for adults there would be public uproar While parents do have alternatives to government run schools such as private schools and homeschooling these alternatives are implausible for most parents In any case the parent really doesnt get to decide whether to send their child to school they just get to decide which government approved schooling method to send their kids to This goes back to one principle ---- given the chance governments think noth ing of telling parents how to raise their children Forced attendance also has the effect of letting children who do not want to be in school disrupt those who do Children vary widely It is not fair for both people who want to be in school and people who dont Overall this has had a negative impact on both the education given by schools and the safety of the schools When compulsory attendance laws were first instituted there was no objection that such laws would endanger the safety and even the lives of teachers and of students who wanted to be in school Things have changed Forcing a person who does not want
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