My newspaper continues to beat the education horse this week in their report about the get tough judges in truancy court.
You can read the full article here: http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-city/index.ssf/2012/06/when_oregon_kids_miss_too_much.html
One kid's story is spread throughout the article -- I thought it was interesting:
Six weeks shy of graduation, an 18-year-old would-be Marine sits before Oregon City Municipal Court Judge Laraine McNiece explaining why he skips classes.
Some subjects don't interest me, Dalten Bradford tells her. "I've never enjoyed the culture of high school."
Do you think Marines get to decide which orders they follow, McNiece asks. "You can't count on Mommy to take care of you (in the military)," she says. "What's going on? You're so close."
It is April 19, the first session of Oregon City's truancy court. If Bradford graduates, he will be whisked to boot camp and a fresh start. If he fails, his mother could be fined up to $500.
When Dalten Bradford returns to the Oregon City court in late May, his grades are in the tank -- an F in art, Ds in English and PE -- and his attendance is worse.
When it mattered most, Dalten Bradford rallied. With graduation imminent, his attendance and schoolwork improved. He graduated on June 10.
This kid was 6 weeks shy of graduation when he was ordered back to school. Four weeks after that his grades and attendance had tanked. Somehow, in the remaining 2 weeks he was able to bring his grades up enough to graduate.
That seems kind of crazy to me.
How important is just showing up?
Should it be enough to graduate?
What do you think of the get tough laws on truancy?