Do you realize that every state has different compulsory school age requirements? There are many state that allow kids to drop out at the age of 16. Here in SC kids can drop out at the age of 17. Thankfully, there are some states that require students to be 18. In AZ you can drop out at 14 if your parents consent.
Here in SC a child can also leave home at the age of 17. What I find odd is that we parents can not force them to come home but we are responsible for their actions until they are 18 years old. How can you be held responsible for the actions of your child if you can not force them to live under your roof?
If you call the police to report your child has run away and they are 17 years old, they will not file a report. The child is free to leave. On the other hand, if they want to come back you have to take them in. You can not force them to leave until the day they turn 18.
Seems to me that all the states should require students attend school until they are 18 unless there are special circumstances. Also, if kids are allowed to leave the home and the parents have no control, then they should not be held responsible for the child's actions.
It just seems to me that kids have so much control at an age when many of them are really not ready to be self supporting. They are at that age where they THINK they know everything, it can be a dangerous age!
Well, I need to stop these musings and go read a chapter or two. Tomorrow is Monday already and so much to do.