Of course! However, what is taught should be looked at in a way to prepare students to be future leaders. Too much time is spent on antiquated skills (ex. cursive writing) and there are important lessons that are missing. Kids should be taught to grasp opportunity and make opportunity where they can. Students are forced to follow whatever the teacher says and not think on their own during their whole academic career. Then when they graduate, they expect to always be told what to do rather than think on their own. During my college years I felt I learned more on my own from my own personal reading than from anything that I got in college.
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February 01, 2011
It's already compulsory in a sense since a Bachelor's degrees no longer qualifies you for a good paying job. You almost need a post-graduate degree to get a high paying job, which is what people will need just to survive soon enough.
In an ideal world we'd provide free education so that everyone (from a tradesperson to an artist to a businessperson to a teacher to a lawyer or a doctor) would get the appropriate training and education to set them up to succeed in life, without their parents having to put up a second mortgage on the house. But, that's an ideal.
As far as the K-12 grades, I think education should be compulsory. It's more than what you learn in the classroom or in the books, it's what you learn from school itself- discipline, time management, social skills, etc. What are your thoughts?