Some people say that all young people should be required to stay in full-time education until they are at least 18 years old. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Education is the most important influence on young people's lives. If they cannot gain suitable qualifications, they will not be able to get jobs and begin successful careers. Therefore young people should remain in education for as long as possible.
Nowadays, it is very difficult to find a good job without a university degree or other higher educational qualifications. If young people can obtain these they are likely to find a suitable career. As a result, they may not end up having to do low-paid jobs with little possibility of promotion or career development. For example, a factory or shop worker may be able to earn a salary without qualifications, but they will not be able to make progress in the company and get a better job. Therefore full-time education until the age of eighteen is necessary for most young people.
Furthermore, education today is more technical and complex than it used to be in the past. If students do not spend many years mastering a range of complex tasks, their learning will be inadequate. Therefore they need extra time to stay at school in order to complete this increasingly difficult type of study.
However, this does not automatically mean that those who are under 18 should all attend schools as full-time students. After all, the standard education may not suit everyone. For some students it may be appropriate to leave school early. If a student has a particular talent, they may need to suspend full-time education to develop it. For example, students who are successful actors or sportsmen may have the opportunity to develop their talents at the highest level at a very young age. These individuals should have the opportunity to do this.
Although staying in full time education may not be beneficial for some students, for most it is essential. Therefore they should be required to attend school until they are eighteen years old.