Saturday, 27 June 2015

Rule #194: Grade retention

 Children should not be forced to repeat a grade. School learnin' ain't always the only path and ain't for everybody. Many successful, creative and artistic people learn and develop their craft outside of the structure of the classroom. Walt Disney received an honorary high school diploma at age 58 after dropping out of high school at age 16.

 Other notable high school drop outs; Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Branson to name a few. And of course there's a long list of actors and musicians. The school environment can actually be very stifling to a creative mind. And really, an education should be regarded as a privilege, not a right. After all, it is paid for by tax payers and in this world of understaffed, overcrowded classrooms, if a kid doesn't take it seriously and blows a year, they should have to move on with their crappy grades. When their free education is done, let em' fly and be free. For the kids with real learning disabilities, there are other options.

In the new world, kids with failing grades will move on with crappy grades, but given the encouragement to pursue something less academic.


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