From Obama's speech last night:
“We also 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 in the State of the Union. “So tonight, I call on every State to require that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn eighteen.The pace is too slow to meet the national goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020. We must calibrate our educational system to the greater demands of the 21st century through a Civic Marshall Plan to make more accelerated progress in boosting student achievement, high school graduation rates, and college- and career-readiness for our nation to meet national goals and fulfill the promise of the next generation."
This proposal is laughable and typical liberal hypocrisy.
First, let's look at an analogy: The liberal says a girl has a choice to have an abortion or not tell their parents about it. But you don't have a choice whether or not you go to school. Typical liberal hypocrisy.
But let's look at reality: Do you want a 17 crack head in school who is bound and determined to disrupt classrooms on the school campus?
Do you want gang members under the age of 18 who doesn't want to be at school, but when forced to go to school, the gang member will use the school as a place to recruit new gang members?
There will have to have religious exemptions as the Amish schools only go up to grade 8 and kids leave school when they are well under the age of 18. Will the liberals allow the religious exemptions?
What if minor wants to drop out of school to help with the family's finances or is a professional athlete, musician or actor/actress, where they can make more money than if they stayed in school?
Take a look at this list of people who dropped out of school:
Total Names: 756
U.S. Presidents: 8
Astronauts: 1 (Valentina Tereshkova)
Nobel Prize Winners: 10 (6 Literature, 2 Peace, 1 Physics, 1 Chemistry)
Olympic Medal Winners: 8 (7 Gold Medalists, one Silver Medalist)
Oscar Winners: 63
Oscar Nominees: 105 (includes above)
Other Award Winners: uncounted
Best-Selling Authors: 55
Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients (U.S.'s highest civilian honor): 14
Congressional Gold Medal recipients (U.S.): 12
United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors: 2 (Roger Moore, Angelina Jolie)
They then list 756 people who dropped out of school and still succeeded in life.
Of course, it is better for a person to stay in school, but if you don't want to be at school, why should government force you to go?