Robert Pondiscio blogs:
President Obama used his State of the Union address last night to propose requiring students to stay in high school until they either graduate or turn 18. “We know that when students aren’t allowed to walk away from their education, more of them walk the stage to get their diploma,” he said.
Perhaps so, but let’s be honest: what’s the value of a diploma that is conferred by coercion? And where’s the win in forcing kids to stay in “dropout factory” schools against their will and where they get seat time and nothing of use or relevance?
Listening to the President, I was reminded of an idea floated by Michael Goldstein, founder of Boston’s MATCH Charter school a few years back.
That's funny. I thought the same thing. Didn't I float an idea a few years back?
Robert summarizes it better than me. Go read it on his blog.