Thoughts---- Yes. Most truancy laws were designed a century or so ago to make sure parents sent their kids to school instead of to work. Somewhere along the way things got twisted to where the laws are interpreted to mean that the parents must make the kids go to school no matter what. Here, that is because the funding is based on daily attendance. The school couldn't care less about the kid, just the funding.
You know, if a kid doesn't want to go to school, dragging them there doesn't accomplish a thing. We all know the old saying--
"you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink."
With that as a truism, most truancy laws are futile. They criminalize a problem which can be handled in most cases differently.
Like, having effective curriculum and teachers that make that curriculum relevant to the child's life.
Don't get me started on curriculum. But, that is one conversation I'd really like to have with Retsupt99 over cigars and Bourbon. I have a hunch we'd see eye to eye even though we have nearly opposite world views.
Kids should be allowed to drop out at 16.