A part of me would like to see public schools made voluntary. We treat education as though it were a right- and legally, that is how it is ensconced in state constitutions all across the US. The truth is, it is a privilege, and it is often more of an unwelcome imposition on the unwilling, thus, we have discipline problems in school. Let those who wish to learn, learn; let those who refuse to do so struggle and rot in their own filth, reaping the full bitter rewards of their own laziness and ignorance. Or, so says one part of me.
The other, though, sees education as a civic duty, especially in this country where a knowledgeable citizenry is one of several necessities to insure the survival of representative government. We pay people to serve in the military, we pay people to serve on juries. Neither of which are voluntary (we have had wartime drafts; failing to show up for jury duty is usually a misdemeanor). It might be worth a pittance- jury duty where I live pays a staggering $12/day. (How about instead of ISS we dock a student's pay- we would probably have some idiot who ended the school year owing the school system money....)
In the final analysis, though, I disapprove. The reason being is that it is already patently obvious that these students do not care about being educated, that their parents do not care about it, and I do not think that any amount of money proportionate to the activity in question would be enough to compel them to do so. So, I think they are wasting the money of the taxpayers, and thus, I disapprove.