High school students skipping class | IN 60 SECONDS


If you’re not here, please raise your hand. In Montgomery County, Maryland, long one of the nation’s most admired school
systems, huge numbers of high schoolers are graduating despite repeatedly
skipping required classes. In 2018, out of 11,000 graduates, 1,800 had 20 or more
unexcused absences — in one class! During the single 90-day semester! Schools need
to rethink how they’re approaching required seat time, but that can’t mean
simply letting students skip school. Some students do have legitimate trouble
getting to campus, but the same administrators who tell teachers they
won’t tolerate failure can’t excuse rampant absenteeism and
then expect teachers to teach students who aren’t there! There are many
incentives to get high schoolers that diploma. District and state officials
want rising graduation rates, families want kids to graduate, and teachers don’t
want to be seen as troublemakers. So be wary: If a close look revealed this
craziness in one of the nation’s most respected school districts, there’s a
good chance it’s an issue in your local schools too. Should high schools have an
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14 thoughts on “High school students skipping class | IN 60 SECONDS”

  1. Ummm the entire point of school is to educate children. If they are passing the classes then why do they have to attend? I never understood why I have to go to school if I'm doing really well. It doesn't make any sense. The entire point of school is education and to make sure I can pass the standardized testing. If I pass all my classes and I don't have to show up everyday then what is the real problem?

    And I don't want to hear some stupid BS about being punctual or anything about showing up on time for an obligation. It's not even my own obligation, it is one that society created for me. Don't get mad just because I don't have to go everyday but other children do.

    We shouldn't be punishing children for being hyperproductive just because you want them to be supervised all day at a glorified daycare.

  2. This is fucking nonsense if they're already passing/graduating fine. No one is going to force you to go to class should you choose to enter college, mandatory attendance for college classes are generally an indicator of one or more of these things:

    The professor is inadequate at teaching and students don't find attending lectures beneficial
    The material is so simple/pointless that students don't find the need to attend lectures
    or the fact that the class is a complete waste of time but is a major requirement for some arbitrary reason.

    People complain about how prisons or ICE detention centers have inhumane conditions, but to get into those you have to break the law in some fashion. Public school is mandatory for most students, and forces them to sit upwards to 8 hours a day with peers you may or may not enjoy the company of, unable to do anything aside from listen to a lecture and have to ask for permission to do something as simple as use the restroom. You want to take a rest in class, you'll get a punishment. They feed you propaganda all day and you have no say in whether or not to attend.

  3. If kids aren't there, and are still passing classes, just like with every other problem in our education system the issue isn't with the kids, it's with the shitty adults who created and run the system.

  4. The school system in my United States of America is corrupt. That's the problem Greg. For students and teachers to collaborate, then the school system in America will have to implement successful programs coming from successful schools around the world, and most Importantly schools shouldn't train us to pass a test that we are going to forget the next day. That's the reason why I skipped class

  5. I don't know about an attendance requirement for graduation, but automated attendance systems should be messaging parents when kids miss even one class, repeatedly, every hour, until there is a reply.

  6. I thought the reason we have all of these standardized tests is to quantify what exactly kids have learned.

    If kids are doing well on their tests despite missing classes (perhaps because of the demands of extracurricular activities), then why make an issue out of it?

  7. If students don't want to be in class, don't force them, it only hurts those that do.
    Let them drop out. They will either see that it was a mistake or work harder to be successful.
    The only reason the school is forcing them to "graduate" is so that they can inflate their numbers and get bonuses.

  8. Having substituted before I have seen big problems with skipping. I have seen that skipping students are often up to no good – and large numbers of them create a campus out of control.

  9. I did more skipping school in my grade school years (at family discretion) than I did in high school. Even when I turned 18 and was no longer legally required to go to school, I chose to because all my social interaction was there. It was a hobby I was willingly partaking in.

  10. Did they pass the exams If so no issue If they are being pushed through and can’t read or write flunk their asses

  11. I started skipping class toward the end of high school. Morning classes in particular. It was too depressing. There wasn’t anything to do with the skills we were being taught.

    I had good teachers, and I think I learned a fair bit. Particularly in math and writing intensive classes. The depressing thing is that you are not encouraged to actually USE your knowledge. In late high school and college, meeting arbitrary requirements are everything. Teachers are people who have largely lived in the same fishbowl their entire lives, and as well meaning as they are, they sort of trap you into a mindset of endless credentialism rather than real problem solving. Pair that with existentialism/critiques on traditional sources of meaning with a heaping side of white guilt and you have a real toxic brew.

    Our time on this earth is fleeting. There is an ENORMOUS amount of wasted time in high school and college in receiving knowledge just to tick boxes and drown in self hating critique.

    We need a more A’la carte model of education. Knowledge should be gained on an as needed or as desired basis. The compulsory box ticking model hurts those who can’t keep up, lowers standards, and turns off intelligent people who want to use knowledge as a means to a creative ends and/or don’t like being propagandized. Writing, basic math, foundational science (how to think scientifically), civics (including history and current law), and basic geopolitics should form the base, and when you demonstrate proficiency, you should be allowed to move on. Worksheets and the like are fine for practicing, but not everyone needs the same amount of practice. If Isaac Newton were reincarnated, we shouldn’t expect him to put up with doing 10,000 worksheets to demonstrate his understanding of calculus.

  12. School = Daycare. My attendance in class was mostly a waste of time so I spent that time trying to get laid and have fun. I believe it is possible to squeeze 13 years of education into 200 hours. If someone gets the information with out going to class….. OBVIOUSLY it shows how ineffective School is. Read somewhere that k-12 education cost 180k on average. LOL Its daycare poeple, not everyone want, needs or benifits from daycare.

  13. Small wonder students, mostly men, are skipping class. They are bored to death with all the worthless crap the public school system teaches nowadays.

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