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Spritely wrote:I think a child can make basic decisions at around eight or so. Though, parents tend to intervene a lot and influence their child(which isn't a bad thing, mostly). At around 14-16, most kids are mature enough to realize right and wrong and what they should and shouldn't do. They're beginning to mature and learn about new things, and with that experience comes the ability to make a choice for yourself.
Although, at 18-20, most people are wiser and don't have hormones influencing them.
Rueflowers wrote:I find all of your points interesting but what do you think about having young adults who KNOW what they want to do with their lives being able to learn more specified information for their paths?
CasinWolfe wrote:I knew in sixth grade what major I wanted, but my school didn't offer anything business related at all, so it didn't much matter. I think it depends on the student, but I also think that students should be sorted based on their intellect, not their age, seeing as I could've finished many of my classes in a third of the time. (and did in geometry, ended up fixing the mistakes in the textbook and the test keys the rest of the time) I don't know if this is a good example for the major population, but I think starting in middle school a kid should be able to take whatever classes they are capable of passing and are relevant to what they plan to do, with the default academics we have now for those who haven't decided yet.
p.s. they made me take agriculture through eighth grade, I am not a farmer, what I will ever do with the knowledge of how to ride a tractor and castrate a cow I will never know. so yes, I do think schools are much too inflexible, they make special allowances for below average students, but know one else.
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