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Thought of the Day (TOTD) Do you think school has to be compulsory?  I have been watching and reading about compulsory education and the question seems very relevant.  The first law was enacted in 1852 in Massachusetts (in USA) and required school for 8-14, for at least 3 months out of the year.  Today we spend 1.1 trillion dollars, we have 81.5 million students. Though age ranges by state, the law generally is 6 to 17. (In Utah 6 to 18).     
     Okay, so maybe compulsory school is needed, I mean I would not disagree (double negative, sorry) that every child should be allowed to learn to read, write, and do arithmetic...The 3Rs...But I do see a trend.  The compulsory age for education is trapping children for a longer period of their lives.  As in some states require children to go from 5
to 18.  What if they lowered it again to 3?  What if it was 2? What if it changed to 22?   As in 3 to 22 required by law? And the time was changed to 10 hours a day?  Or maybe they took away summer vacation? Right now if a child were to take an extended vacation they could end up in truancy court.  Let us not forget what happened in L.A., For many years the LAPD and school police ticketed thousands of students with $250.00 fines for being a few minutes late for school. You can read about it here.

    AHHH...the question does become relevant.
    
     If you would like to learn more about the history of  Compulsory education, I found an interesting article Here. (Side note for my Utah readers, under Utah Law 62A-4a-201-1a,

Under both the United States Constitution and the constitution of this state, a parent possesses a fundamental liberty interest in the care, custody, and management of the parent's children." It also says that the state recognizes that parents have "the right, obligation, responsibility, and authority" to educate their children and that "the state's role is secondary and supportive to the primary role of a parent." ...this is a good thing, meaning we have the fundamental right to home-school our children).    

     Back to the question...And thought of the day?  Do you think school should be compulsory? If yes: What ages? What time frame?  (3-18, 11 months a year, 6 days a week, 12 hours a day)
    
     My thoughts:
What I believe children need to learn:  Language Arts (sub: grammar, writing, spelling, vocabulary).  Math (not common core) Art.  Physical Education & Nutrition. Science (to include Educational Tech). Either Foreign Language or Music. Life Skills (Parenting, Money Management (debt is bad), Resume writing, time management, etc.) History.
     But I would break school down very differently (6-8: 3 years) (9-12: 4 years)(13-14: 2 years) (15-16: 2 years)(17-18: 2 years) 5 days a week, 10 months out of the year. (the 10 months would have a 2 weeks off throughout the year, and the age groups would obviously fluctuate could be 5-7...or 6-8...so on...Plus I would have a skill level...Break the class into sub-groups so the fast learners aren't hurt...As in Some may go faster in math, but slower in reading...they should be able to shine when they can...and given extra help when they can.  Class size could be at 10 by having a teacher for each subject...Save money by getting ride of unneeded things...I could think of a LOT..)
     6-8: 3 years (4 hours a day, 5 days a week, 10 months) ** You can break it down into 2 classes, one in the morning, one in the afternoon, would keep the schools smaller. 
The Focus:  Language Arts, Art, Math, Music or Foreign Language, and PE.
Sample: Language Art 1 hour (20 minutes each sub group) Math 45 minutes. Music 45 minutes. Art 45 minutes. PE 45 minutes. ***No computer...all paper.
      9-12: 4 years (6 hours a day, 5 days a week, 10 months)  LA: 1 hr, Math 1 hr, Art 1 hr, PE & Nutrition 1 hr, Foreign Language or Music 1 hr, Science 1 hr.    (A special class, after school for sexual education, focusing on changing of the body and emotional impact of sex.)
    13-14: 2 years (7 hours a day, 5 days a week, 10 months) add 1 hr history to above schedule.
   
15-16: 2 years (8 hours a day, 3 days a week, 10 months) add 1 hr Life skills. (shave 10 minutes off each class for lunch)  Graduate at 16
    17-18:  New College....Associates Degree.  (Free!!!!)
    And no Compulsory education. 
Why?  I don't believe any parent would deny their children education, and if they would there is probably a different problem going on in their home, thus DCFS, could step in.  I believe that child labor laws should remain, and the State should only be a back stop, not a third parent. .....  But this is just my idea...What are your?
    As always, have a beautiful day.  :)
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Start early. Education is a building block for the kid to thrive in all aspects. It is also important for parents to care for their children at this age to be a good person in the world.

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Elicia
10/16/2014 7:41am

I agree. Education is the key to a long and successful life. Thanks for the comment. :)

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