idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
Personally, I think it's absurd to expect a CHILD to realize the value of education, and choose to give up on those who haven't done so.
Where on earth did anyone say that? And what do you think the alternative does? Do you think a child is going to be more or less likely to expend effort to do well in school if they're attending a school where 50% of the kids drop out and drugs and gangs are rampant, or if that same child is offered the opportunity to attend a good quality private school? Everything else being the same, he'll do better in the private school.
That not every child (or parent) will make that choice, or thrive as a result is no reason to deny it to all children and their parents. What you're doing is the ultimate of spite. So if one child wont succeed, you ensure that no children do? That's pretty horrible, isn't it? How about we make available the maximum possibilities for success and let the individuals take advantage of those possibilities as they see fit. Some will do well, others will not do so well. We can't control that. But if we deliberately deny them opportunities, then we *are* hurting their outcomes.