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  •  Do you think the parents of those kids in the (0+ / 0-)

    neighborboods you speak of would encourage their kids not to go to school?

    •  Not so much as they would, (0+ / 0-)

      when the kid says, "I don't want to go to school," answer, "Okay.  Do what you want."

      Two strains of thinking unite in these families: 1) the parents are crushed themselves, worn out and genuinely uncaring of what happens to their children (whom they didn't plan to have and really didn't want in the first place), and 2) a belief that, if your kid does better than you did, she gets "above herself" and will look down on you.

      I wouldn't believe it if I didn't see it every day.

      "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

      by DrLori on Mon May 14, 2012 at 08:21:52 AM PDT

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      •  I think that would actually be a great place to (1+ / 0-)
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        start a conversation with all teens, "What do you want?" and then to find the solutions to help them get what they want. It might be traditional public school and it might be one of the myriad of other options that could exist if we could start thinking outside the 7 to 3, 5 day a week, high school system.

        It's the finding solutions part that would be hard in the communities you are talking about, right? Obviously traditional school does not work for all kids but because it's the only option that is legal, no other options are ever considered. It's finish high school or drop out. Compulsory education could open up new pathways in many communities.

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