Keeping Them : Does Anyone Win?

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Keeping them in: Does anyone win? Have you ever been forced to do something that you absolutely don’t want to do? Does this mean you may not put forth any effort, so in return you receive no positive results? In so that “Nobody Has to Go to School If They Don’t Want To”, Roger Sipher argues that if compulsory attendance rules were abolished students who actually wanted to learn in school would receive the education they deserve. In the beginning, Sipher points out that “the decline in standardized test scores is an indicator that American education in in trouble.” He states one reason for the crisis is that “the mandatory attendance laws force many kids to attend school that don’t even wish to be there.” These students have no desire to learn; therefore, they do not get an education and they distract the students who want to learn from doing so. In his view, without compulsory attendance laws public schools would be able to eliminate the students whose behavior is negatively affecting the mission of the educational institute. In addition, Sipher notes that since students know they are going to be passed from grade to grade until they are old enough to drop out, or graduate; they fail to do their homework and receiving low grades does not motivate them to want to learn. In his opinion, there certainly would be a lot of positive changes to the education system by abolishing the attendance laws. In the end, Sipher says that schools should be for education and right now, they
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