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YES, it is a choice NO, good for society
Debate Score:49
Arguments:35
Total Votes:74
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Should school attendance be voluntary?

 

In most of the developed world, school is not just an option for young people, but also compulsory. Parents of children who do not go to school can be fined, or even jailed. This is because governments believe that school is very important in giving children the knowledge to succeed in life.

However, for many children school is an unhappy or frustrating place, and some people believe it is possible to succeed even without normal schooling. Would it be better then, if children got to decide about going to school for themselves?

YES, it is a choice

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NO, good for society

Side Score: 20
3 points

• School should be optional for the reason that the children who do not want to learn disrupt the children who want to learn. The children who cause trouble in the classroom cause the teacher to pay more attention to them and not the ones who do want to learn.

• i think school should be optional past the age of 11 because we all know enough to look after ourselves past the age of 11 it should be optional because we all know enough maths and big enough vocabs to look after ourselves we should not waste 1 fifth of our entire lives in school a quarter of the population of England and America go to school

• -At the end of the school semester, attendance should not matter, just the grades that are recieved. If the student is still able to study and pass his tests, attendance should be voluntary.

-Passing grades are not correlated with perfect attendance. There are many students who attend class every day, but still manage to fail.

-Nowadays, many students have responsibilties at home (helping in a single-parent home, helping ailing parents, taking care of younger siblings) and sometimes being absent from school is necessary.

-Voluntary attendance should be a privilage to students who can prove the can still pass their classes.

• Of course it should be voulentary earlier in our history it used to be and people were better off for it. The people in the school wanted to be there thus better education providing more one on one with kids who want to excel and make something of themselves as compared to other kids where school is just an all day babysitter for parents. Secondly i dont think the government should have the right to say who does and doesent attend school as far as i can tell our country should be free but they lock down on young people and make them go to school and arrest parents who dont make them? Does this sound right or free at all?

4 years ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
tigerheart11(3) Disputed
2 points

I agree 100% MAking people go to school does not sound like a free country to me.

3 years ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
1 point

EXACTLY!!!! whats the piont of saying we're free when we are forcing our CHILDREN our own flesh and blood may i say, to go to an unvoluntary place, school or not.

2 years ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
1 point

They can study by themselves with a computer or a textbook of the grade. This is a free country. You can achieve in life without education, like Harriet Tubman. She didn't get much education because she was a slave. It turns out Harriet Tubman found out "an underground railroad".

1 year ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
2 points

I am actually yes and no on this. First of all, I don't necessarily think it was an altruistic motive behind this first government intrusion into our lives. However, most very young children don't really know what is best for themselves. Just because they'd rather eat ice cream and play Wii all day doesn't mean it is in their best interests to do so. So I believe in compulsory primary education through about grade 5 or 6. After that, it should be voluntary. Also, I believe that if school were taught properly, basic education beyond eighth or ninth grade would not be necessary. The most essential thing kids need to learn is reading and mathematics, another language, and compassion toward others. Everything else is built upon those essentials. I think art and music should be introduced to them at a young age also, because I believe they are important forms of expression both for the performer and the audience. Beyond fifth grade, introduction to science, history, geography, physics, should be provided so that those with an interest in them may pursue them.

2 years ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
1 point

i think that children should have a choice if they want to go to school or not. If you force a child to go somewhere where they don't want to do well 1. they could grow farther apart 2. they will resist to learn and will only feel angry & 3. i think that kids can learn just as much from common sense, books and their elders.

2 years ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
1 point

It should be the child has parents and most parents want their children to have a future right so yeah i can be a choice and sometimes it shouldn't, depends on who is there parents!!! Ay???

1 year ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
1 point

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178 days ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
policy(3) Disputed
1 point

what does poop have to do with school. also why would I want to eat your poop. you do not even know what does poop have to do with school. you just trying to get free points.what does poop have to do with school.

126 days ago | Side: NO, good for society
1 point

I like bigg kaka staind in my butthole and then I eat my kaka because it tastes good I like good serotes

178 days ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
policy(3) Disputed
1 point

what does poop have to do with school. also why would I want to eat your poop. you do not even know what does poop have to do with school. you just trying to get free points.what does poop have to do with school

125 days ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
1 point

The people who don’t want to go to school are holding up the ones who do want to learn and go on. Theres people out there that get their grades low from either distractions or problems with the kids who don't care about school, why do teachers do their job if students don’t even pay attention? Also, students that skip school can graduate just like the ones that actually study and work on homework because their friends let them cheat on test, quizzes, and homework, what’s the point of doing the homework knowing that someone else didn’t even try doing it. There's kids out there that want a bright future why do we want them to stop them, this is proven by a post in debate.com that said “The problem today is that it is almost too easy to graduate and do nothing but disrupt other students, a lot of the reason people don't like school is because other students bully and annoy them causing them to do worse. The problem is students know they can ride it out and be as lazy as possible and still graduate. This is because teachers feel pressure just to push them along the system” i mean theres many teachers out there that teach students that drugs are bad for you and the first thing they do is go and do them after 4 or 3 years, Its just useless for teachers to waste their time on people that dont want to learn.

141 days ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
1 point

I think there are many alternatives. In Britain we have several options after gaining GCSE qualifications (around age 16) including 6th form, college, apprenticeship and work. I think class attendance should not be compulsory for older students and there should be a way of attending class via the internet (webcam?) for students who are ill. There should be more freedom with subject choice for younger students also.

I don't think it should be completely compulsory to stay in school until 8, as there are many other options. Level 3+ academic qualifications aren't necessary for everyone to attain.

125 days ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
1 point

mannn i totally not agree of wht you guys believe tat living the children to dont go to school is not good. i really agree that let the children go to school because to enlarge their knowledge and also gain more wisdom if they go to school dont live them free.

25 days ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
1 point

Yes because In real life no man can do what other people do.I would suggest that school should be voluntary because its their own choice to don't attend school. They can recieve their own consequences

24 days ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
1 point

of course!!that school attendance that should be voluntary...Because nowadays lots of teenagers were having problems with their english subjects and others subject...like when they were finding job they must have a qualifications to help them finding their job!!!

24 days ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
0 points

It is a choice because the jails are full of parents and kids that did not make or did not go to school.

3 years ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
0 points

I have just 1 thing for everyone to think about should people really ahve to be forced to go somewhere? this isnt about rather responsibilty or if youd o or dont want to go to school, this is more about whether or not you would willingly make your child hate you or never learn anything because all they can think about is how much they dont want to be there

2 years ago | Side: YES, it is a choice

School attendance should remain government mandated because society benefits from formal education because those who don't even possess a high school diploma, it not only hurts them individually, but it hurts the general labor market and brings it to a lower level.

Also, Milton Friedman stated that freedom doesn't pertain to children and madmen because of their lack of responsibility; thus, this mandate is not negotiable.

4 years ago | Side: NO, good for society
Elvira(3227) Disputed
1 point

What do you define as children? 16? 17? 18? I really disagree with the point about a lack of responsibility as it is a blanket generalisation, stating that no child has any recognisable responsibility. An issue that was gaining media attention last year was that of 'young carers', children as young as 11 who have to care for a mentally/physically handicapped family member. These people clearly have a lot of responsibility. Children leading normal lives also have responsibilities to society, the same as adults. In school and home there are responsibilities to work and deal with undesirable people.

I think young people have enough responsibility to enter workplaces or choose a vocational degree.

125 days ago | Side: YES, it is a choice

School is not only good for society, it is good for the individual. Most people in jail don't have a high school diploma. That alone should tell you something.

4 years ago | Side: NO, good for society
tigerheart11(3) Disputed
1 point

I can tell you one thing i know that not all people in jail are not intelligent.This does not mean that people should be made to go to school.Thisis America and we should have a choice to go to school or not.

3 years ago | Side: YES, it is a choice

You know, you're right. I see no reason why you should be in school ;)

3 years ago | Side: NO, good for society

"School is an unhappy or frustrating place..."

Yup. That is why it is so good - it'll get them used to the real world where nothing is fun and games and where, if you break the rules, you get hard time.

4 years ago | Side: NO, good for society
1 point

When people get jobs they can't call the boss and tell him/her they don't feel like going in today. By letting them choose whether to go to school or not would just be raising a group of lazy, spoiled, and uneducated kids.

4 years ago | Side: NO, good for society
liebay673(89) Disputed
1 point

ok i STRONGLY disagree!!!! if you even decide to go school you couls still be lazy, spoiled and uneducated and you know why because not everyoneis perfect if children decide to not go to school well they could not listen to a single thing that anyone says and besides if they do do that then theres no piobnt in going to school.

2 years ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
1 point

true because if you don't want to learn they dont have to it up to them.

126 days ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
1 point

If people were able to opt out of everything that is 'unhappy' or 'frustrating', no one would go to work, pay their taxes, or raise their children. Doing things that you don't want to do is just a fact of life and those things often end up benefiting you in the long run. Personally, I find nothing wrong with giving kids an obligation like school and holding them accountable for doing what's necessary to fulfill that obligation. It's called responsibility.

3 years ago | Side: NO, good for society
1 point

How is the government or someone forcing students to go to school be called responsibility?

Responsibility would be students going to school without force and holding students accountable at their own expense. This tactic is already applied in college. If you don't go to school, you fail.

3 years ago | Side: YES, it is a choice
1 point

At school you make friends for life, whereas if you are home schooled you can't make friends.

School is a fun way to learn with your friends and fellow piers in your class.

1 year ago | Side: NO, good for society

Seriously? If school was voluntary, there wouldn't be school as no one would go.

141 days ago | Side: NO, good for society
-1 points

No, Never. The purpose of school education is to prepare the kids for their growth, maturity, happiness and so on. How it would be voluntary ?

3 years ago | Side: NO, good for society

How it would be voluntary ?

Allow the student to choose if he or she wants to go school, and then make them force the burden of future consequences.

So, if they decide to skip school, and later they can't find a job because they have no high school diploma, they will suffer the consequences.

3 years ago | Side: NO, good for society
liebay673(89) Disputed
1 point

how it would it make you happy if you are forcing your child to go somewhere they dont want to go?!?!?

2 years ago | Side: YES, it is a choice


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