In his State of the Union address, President Obama said that students shouldn't be able to "walk away from their education" and has called on every state to require attendance until graduation or the child's 18th birthday. Wow.
I think everyone should be screaming about this, but especially homeschoolers. I have a real problem with compulsory attendance in the first place personally. WHY should a child be compelled to learn what the state wants him to learn for one blooming minute, let alone 13-plus years of his life? I thought liberals were extreme into this "choice" thing. My brain, my choice, my right to decide?
Though I "get" the whole "graduation means opportunity" business he's trying to get at. Very nice idea on paper if one imagines that school is always a pleasant place for all children and that all children are even flipping well CAPABLE of "graduation."
Dang, if just requiring attendance is going to change American education, let's require post-graduate degrees or school attendance until 23. Only imagine the American innovation that would occur then! Oh, oh... not good enough. Let's require it in a math or science field. Something high-tech. Yeah, that will do it.
Anyway, it's a very nice little America Obama's dreaming up where no child is disabled, no bullying happens in school, and the local public school provides real learning experience regardless of its location.
I'm sorry. Even our state has admitted that Kansas City schools are for crap and have de-accredited them. What does that mean really? It means even dodos like us, moving to this area 15 years ago, knew to avoid the 'hood like the plague it is. The state is only just now getting 'round to admitting what everyone with a brain has known for 30 years but didn't want to say out loud: the schools suck. Obama wants to doom kids to staying in schools like that? Seriously.
God help me, I'm about ready to pull the lever for Gingrich if this keeps up. He's endorsed by Chuck Norris, you know.