Throughout my research regarding Obama and Romney’s standpoints on the many issues surrounding K-12 education, I came across an article on LifeSiteNews.com about a comment President Obama made in his State of the Union speech this January that outraged a homeschooling organization in the U.S.
“We also know that when students don’t walk away from their education, more of them walk the stage to get their diploma. When students are not allowed to drop out, they do better. So, tonight, I am proposing that every state, every state, requires that all students stay in high school until they graduate, or turn 18.”
If you’re anything like me, you’re reading that quote and not quite understanding how it could outrage anyone. It’s a fair initiative, to get every student in school to reach graduation. I don’t group homeschooled students with people dropping out. It’s still school, and there is still a graduating point.
The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) seemed to take this as a threat to the freedom of people who choose homeschooling. A representative explained that it insinuates that the Federal government can tell students when they should have to graduate by, and how to define what “graduating” is.
Perhaps I’m biased, but this seems to me a case of making something out of nothing. A quote filled with good intentions for everyone in this country is taken out of context and turned into a negative attack on that candidate. The fact is, whether a student receives home schooling or public education, graduation is the goal.