Education 16+

February 2, 2007 8:23am CST
Should the age of leaving high school be raised from 16 to 18? I chose to stay to get A-Levels but is this the right path for everybody. The UK government is currently considering this move. I think that people this age are mature enough to make their own decision and everyone has a personal way of achieving there desired futures- qualifications aren't necessary for everyone. Your views....
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@freak369 (4974)
• United States
2 Feb 07
If they are planning on going into a trade or have a good job waiting for them then that's fine but, and this is just my opinion, I don't think a 16 year old is mature enough to make that kind of decision. That's not to say that there aren't 16 year olds that can make that decision but if they had to stay on an extra year for schooling, they might find something that they are really interested in. Kudos for going for your A levels and best of luck!
@vronron (83)
• Canada
2 Feb 07
I think that might be a bad idea. For some school is not beneficial. That sounds like a naive comment I guess, but there are some people out there who don't get anything out of school. They go there, they barely pass their classes because they don't care. In Ontario, CA, they were putting forth the idea that for all the students who left school before graduating they would revoke, or not allow them to get their license. I don't think that high school is for all people. I do think that 16 is a bit young, but now in Canada 17 is the graduating age, so raising the age would MAKE kids stay in school. That's the idea I know, but it isn't the best one. In my opinion.
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• United States
11 Feb 07
I think everyonr should stay in school, but if you want leave, 16 is old enough. Here in the States, I think it is 16. I know you can become considered an adult by divorcing your parents at age 16.It is true school is not for everyone, but there should be a way for teens who don't like school could get the skills they will need out side of school.
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• United States
2 Feb 07
no i dont think so
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@balabrahmam (1074)
• India
2 Feb 07
yes it is correct desscision for ladies expecially they bocome more messure and getting effective dessices to their studies and life also it is good
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• Canada
2 Feb 07
Where I'm from, the average age that a person leaves high school IS almost 18. You start kindergarten when you're 5, Grade 1 when you're 6.. and so on until you're out of the 12th grade. SO.. that makes you either (depending on when you were born) 17 or 18 when you graduate.
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I did not know it was that young in some other countries because here in the USA, most students graduate from high school are 18 years old and sometimes 17. So, by all means I don't see why it shouldn't be move to 18 anyday.