Only a politician can come up with a law that stupid. Or an education major.
The girl finds school excruciatingly boring, her classmates not just ignorant but stupid - and she hates every second of school.
I've suggested she drop out, get a GED, and then do what she wants. College, whatever. Or something a lot better, I hope.
Middle school for me was hell; high school was just a boring prison. The only thing that got me though was partying on weekends - and I had a blast. It was a cross between Animal House and American Graffiti.
If I hadn't had that partying, I would have dropped out of school, gotten a GED, and taken off. For that matter, one of my friends took off anyway - we hitchhiked across the country, and were gone three weeks. That's not the only time we did that - disappearing for weeks on end, sometimes in the woods, where we went camping.
I've written several times how I consider that State (and anything it touches) a Machine, and its purpose is to suck out your soul and turn you into a zombie. But when you get away from it, you're free. That's why we roamed the country and the forest - we were free. Things are not so good anymore. And as bad as it is, it's a hell of a lot worse in other countries.
There is part of us that wants an impossible safety and security - that wants to be a slave - and there is part of us that wants to be free. There is always that tension, that fight, between the two.
But when you choose slavery, you also end up losing your brains. Not just your brains, but also your soul. Like know, like the Borg.