How many different ways can I say ambivalence? Courtesy of Educationnews.org:
The Oregon House of Representatives recently approved a bill that would make the laying out of a future education or employment plan a requirement towards a high school diploma, The Huffington Post reports. House Bill 2732 requires students to either complete and submit an application to college or internship program, enlist in the military, or attend an apprenticeship orientation workshop before they can receive a diploma.
One the one hand: “Yes! Kids need guidance and driving everyone to college is silly.”
On the other hand: “School isn’t shouldn’t be about getting a job or going to college. It should be about developing skills and autonomy.”
But back to the one hand: “Yes but autonomy requires an ability to plan sensibly about the future. No one is saying that the student has to implement the plan, are they? Just make it.”
But the other hand replies: “Then why not require all three of every student? Why risk derailing a kid’s self-image? Isn’t this just the slightest bit eerie?”
But the one: “It’s no worse than the silly community service requirements that we’ve got these days.”
Then the other: “That’s your argument? It’s not a flagrant constitutional violation? You should be able to go to school, learn, and get a diploma based on your demonstrated learning. What you do with it is your business and your business alone.”
“Statist commie sympathizer.”
Then my hands start to hurt each other.