There are a lot of children quietly and not-so-quietly quitting school for the same three reasons. They are discriminated against because of their age. In their case, if they quit the "wrong way" by dropping out or refusing to attend school and their parents don't enroll them properly in home schooling or independent study, they face increasing criminal charges - or the parents do, depending on where they live and the age of the child. This is an outrage! It would be so much easier to change those three things about education. Teachers, parents, schools, and whole countries have done it! What is wrong with America? I think are trying so hard to save face that we are going to insist that our way works for as long as possible, even though it has been wrong for decades!

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Beth Hankoff

Neurodivergent educator, changemaker, advocate, mother, and follower of Jesus. I write about my life, parenting, education, autism, and mental health.