Arguments Against Compulsory Education

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Compulsory Education

Most, if not all of us, are aware of the fact we are required to go to school-the reason behind this are the controversial compulsory education laws. There have many many different forms of compulsory education in past times. In the Roman societies it was expected of young people to study under someone who had an education. Whenever attending school became mandatory in the United States there was a lot of controversy. On one hand, you had people who loved the idea of their kids having to go to school for a set number of years and the state providing it. On the other hand, there were and still are many who are oppose to it. They claim that making kids go to school for a certain portion of their lives is unconstitutional. In the end, though, there are multiple laws in place that set the guidelines for the attendance of people in school. Although there are many people who feel they should decide whether their kid gets an education I believe it is important for students to attend school-whether or not they feel they will sue the information it will give them the skills to grow as a person
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The truth is, in a perfect world perhaps this would work- maybe parents would be able to pass on the knowledge they had gained to their children alone and not rely on others to teach their kids. There are several issues with this way of thinking though. The biggest problem with this is that parents have to go to work. Many people for eight hour days and do not have enough time in a day to spend an appropriate amount of time educating their children. Another situation to look at is that there are new discoveries and curriculum being developed each year and it is far easier for a teacher to implement this to students each year than to have a person pass on their learning from when they were a child-there would not be much
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