Quoting Raindancer:" Do you think that it is unfair for schools to charge a student with truancy for being sick and going ... [snip!] ... their kids are skipping out on school. They should just charge the child and make them do like community service or something."
If a kid is skipping just because they hate school... they need to not have the school penalized after the legal drop out age. If they are skipping because school sucks to them, well I firmly believe schools should be more interesting so kids WANT to go to school. A kid skipped my class ONCE and felt bad because she knew she let me down, she never did after that. I did teach in a school where kids weren't required to go to class, even though it was "middle school" (it's a weird program, I can explain if needed). Schools need to be fun, not boring "Okay kids lets fill in the bubbles on these worksheets!" type smurf.
I graduated late because my school were complete dicks when I was sick. I had mono and got it really bad. My doc did NOT want me going to school, I slept all the time and they didn't want me around other people and get sicker. So my school sent work home for me to do. I'm a good student when I put my head to it and I didn't need teachers help. My Mom helped me with Math that I was shaky on. Well, to put a long story short, I was out of school 1/2 of the year. I got sick in the middle of the first semester and didn't come back until the middle of the second. I did my work... I went to classes occasionally when I had good days but I mainly stayed home. My school kept a file with my work... they LOST all of it. So when I came in to take my finals, guess what... I had NO proof I did work because we didn't think I'd have to make actual copies of every single thing I turned in. They basically were all "Oh well, she fails." I failed all my classes because my school lost my work. We had lawyers involved and the school came back with "Well if she was REALLY that sick she would be in the hospital." The school nurse INSISTED I didn't really have mono and if I did, it was a slight case. She said "She's not even contagious, she needs to be in school." Yet, my doctor said over and over I was too susceptible to germs and needed to stay home. Needed to sleep if I wanted. But oh no, that bitch decided that I was faking it all! So I failed, my lawyers couldnt do smurf and we were going to press further but I decided that while they are dicks I loved my school. But having to do classes over that I already passed (Seriously all my grades were great, they graded my work but kept it in a file. They smurfing lost it. NOT my fault. So the next year I smurfed up in school more because I was a sophomore taking freshman classes. I was highly involved in school but didnt care about classes themselves because I did work I hated.
We had a meeting with my JROTC sergeants and they said "Come on, you are smarter than this, don't fail more classes. We know it was out of your hands, but don't make this be your fault." So I got my smurf together and passed. I didn't have GREAT grades but I did well. Then the last year when it dawned on me that I am not graduating with my class because of my schools mess up. So I started to fail again, and my band teacher and JROTC leaders once again told me to wise up. I then got all straight A's, but man... playing in the band during the graduation ceremony I was supposed to be in... that was hard.
It kicked my ass into gear though.
In the end, schools need to be more interesting, more enticing. Kids should have a curriculum which makes them WANT to go to school. I do believe every kid should get their diploma, not their GED, at the minimum. But there are alternative schools and alternative teaching available to help kids want to go to school... it's sad more schools dont implement such characteristics of education.