Steve Chapman on Obama's Latest Bad Idea for Public Education


Many teenage kids regard school as the functional equivalent of prison—where they are forced to endure oppressive rules, bad food, and unpleasant company. For them, Barack Obama has a message: There will be no parole. Obama wants every state in the union to require that all students remain in high school until they graduate or turn 18. As Steve Chapman explains, the issue here is not whether most students are better off finishing high school; it's whether the kids who otherwise would drop out are better off being forced to finish.