Indiana has proposed an anti-dropout bill that would NOT allow a student to drop out of school before the age of 18 unless it were for medical reasons or financial hardship.
Why am I skeptical? A law can't really address WHY students dropout - it can only say "you aren't allowed to." The reasons are so socially complex in most cases I know of that simply saying "you can't leave here" isn't going to make a difference.
How do we address the emotional and social complexities of why 20-30% of our students give up at this point in their lives?
What some principals predict is that a significant number of potential dropouts will willfully break known rules in order to get themselves kicked out. If they don't want to be here they won't be there - a new rule won't change that.
Sooooooo....back to the real issue. How does society address the real reasons why so many students find school irrelevant?