Pros and cons of compulsory schooling

Pros and Cons of Compulsory Schooling

This is from the Society supplement in today’s Guardian, in which a former headteacher discusses the case of “Charlie”, “a determined 15-year-old truant” who has been working, illegally but successfully, for a landscape gardening company. This raises the important issue of whether it is worthwhile keeping teenagers in “education” longer and longer when many of them resent being there and see no benefit in it. Believe it or not, the government is said to be planning to raise the leaving age to 18 and this stupid idea is said to be in today’s Queen’s speech. (Also see this letter from a teacher who started his career in 1972, the year the leaving age was raised from 15 to 16.)

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