Bill Proposal

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Samantha Nickell
Professor Zipperer
Intro to American Government
3 February 2013

1. All adolescents under the age of 18 are required to attend some form of educational institution or otherwise receive at-home education. |

I chose my amendment because I believe that if you are not legally an adult you do not have the right to choose whether or not you continue your education. Too many teenagers these days drop out of high school and expect to succeed in the real world. They do not have the right to vote, and are usually only required to attend school and hold a part-time job. Their only responsibility as minors is to attend school. So why then are they allowed to make a decision such as this when they are not even legally allowed to voice their political opinion? If you were to ask a room full of people if they know someone who has dropped out of high school chances are at least one person in that room will. This is shocking because throughout our entire lives we are taught that education is very important, yet at our most vulnerable time (our teenage years), we are given the option to stop attending school. It seems like such a paramount decision would not be left up to the adolescent but the guardian in charge of that minor. Because of the high drop-out rate our unemployment rate has also increased. Even service jobs prefer to higher those with a high school diploma or GED so those without either are adding to the epidemic in a time when the economy is not at its best. If they were not allowed the choice to drop out of school there would be far more jobs available to these newly graduated young-adults. It may also encourage more kids to attend college. If they are kept in the mind-set that they must complete high school they may find that they want to obtain a higher degree to better their chances of a good career. There is also the issue that many schools are being shut down because there are not enough students in attendance and therefor they are...
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