Keep the Law

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Keep the Law

Considering the numerous challenges schools already face Roger Sipher, author of

"In So That Nobody Has to Go to School If They Don't Want To," points out numerous reasons he believes in about putting an end to the compulsory attendance law and the many advantages it would produce. He makes an argument about abolishing the law, but provides few concrete facts, and without facts, his opinions are just shallow and useless opinions. Although Sipher argues that if we abolish the compulsory attendance law, students that want to be in school will get a better education; and as a result, standardized test grades would be higher. On the other hand, the compulsory attendance law should not be abolished because some students are just poor standardized tester takers, grades do not accurately reflect on the progress a student is making, and elementary students cannot comprehend the idea of flunking.

Roger Sipher, author of "So That Nobody Has to Go To School If They Don't Want To,"

argues, that abolishing the compulsory attendance law would be best for the whole educational system and blames the decline in American education on the fact that schools systems have students there only because they have to be and with no ambition to learn. He states, "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink" meaning we can make students go to school, but we cannot make them learn; at the same time, teachers could stop trying to teach all students and only teach those that are willing to learn. He points out many flaws in the compulsory attendance law, but does not provide enough facts to back up the arguments. He then argues that if we abolish the compulsory attendance law the entire educational system could again do what...