Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:48 AM
At the private school I attended briefly students scrubbed toilets with toothbrushes and mowed the grass with scissors. It didn't take long to decide it was better to do school work than not. However, I'm sure that would cause lawsuits at the PS.
In our area, they get sent to the alternative school. They are socially promoted until 6th grade, put in special ed classes even if they have no LD's for 7th, then starting in 8th, it's the alternative building which is generally for juvenile delinquents. That building is run by a former state police officer, has armed security, and it is a very depressing place. But, with the push for standardized testing, the schools have more reason to not put up with obstinence and if they drum the 8th grader - 17 year old (kids can't quit at 16 in Michigan anymore, must be 18) into alternative ed, then they don't have to report test scores on them anymore. There is a reason that the "principal" of the school is a former law enforcement. So, it's not a fun environment.
Also, in the younger grades, no school assemblies, no admission to sports games even as a spectator (they have a list of "not alloweds" at the front door for the adults selling tickets, no field trips, no special speakers, no career day, no nothing. Even holiday celebrations - the child is required to go to the detention room while the class parties. They still have Saturday detention as well and parents are fined decent sums for not making their kid attend. Some of the better off families will pay the fines if they are supportive of their kid not doing schoolwork, but the lower income families can't afford it and if they don't pay, the truancy officer shows up and the whole thing becomes a mess in court, so these kids often do attend. Sometimes they require the kid to eat alone, supervised by what I can only describe as a very grouchy lunchroom staff person.
Essentially, it's tolerated through 6th grade, passing them on grade to grade. After that, it gets ugly. Thus, many high schoolers sit in class and turn in an assignment here or there, just enough to stay totally off the radar. After all, they can turn in only 1/3 of the work and get straight F's out of it, and it keeps them out of Saturday detention and alternative ed. But, they HATE school, HATE the teachers, and are pretty rugged for everyone else to put up with. Sullen and angry is not fun in a teenager and Michigan, in it's ever increasing stupidity decided that they should raise the drop out age to 18. Some kids should just be allowed to move on. They can deal with the consequences of not having a regular high school diploma and the low opinion of the GED which means that around here, outside of detasseling corn, and shoveling a lot of cow muck, they can't get any kind of a job. So since local employers are very prejudiced against the GED, it doesn't take long for the consequences of not sticking to it and passing classes comes home to roost.
We do have an adult high school program that allows 19+ year olds to attend night classes to make up credits. However, it's not a college prep program so the highest math is algebra 2 and the other courses are rather remedial...no literature, only physical science and life science, etc. So, it's not a good route for the student who decides rather late that he or she would like to attend college. There is a CC near here and some of them land there. Unfortunately, it's an atrocious CC with a nefarious reputation for handing out credits for doing virtually nothing, so it doesn't necessarily assist a person in finding employment even if one completes an AA or certification/licensing program.
For the child who won't comply, there aren't any good alternatives out there for this community.