School is for everyone! Well, a percentage of everyone, anyway. In some cases a fairly small percentage of everyone.
Here's an interesting statistic about the graduation rates of the largest school districts in the U.S. Of the 50 largest districts, 14 have a graduation rate below 50%, with many more hovering around the 50~60% range.
Graduation Rates [N.B. This is the percentage who DO graduate, not the percentage of NONgraduates. That's right; Detroit has a failure-to-graduate rate of nearly 80%.]
38.5 Baltimore City, Md.
38.9 New York City
44.2 Los Angeles
45.3 Miami-Dade County, Fla.
46.5 Pinellas County, Fla.
48.7 Broward County, Fla.
48.9 Fort Worth
50.4 Nashville squeaks over the 50th %ile and I won't bore you with the rest of the list.
Remember, folks, we're talking about ordinary people in plain-vanilla public high schools, not ordinary people trying to get a degree from the Robert Goddard Rocket Science Academy for People Who Sneer at Those Low-IQ MENSA Members, a scenario where it might be reasonable to see a significantly low graduation rate. After all, it is rocket science. (Apropos, I attended a seminar there once. It's a very nice campus but the food is terrible. It all tastes like hydrazine. Yech! Except for the Tang, of course. The Tang is still good. Tang is always good.)
The student union and cafeteria at RGRSAPWSTLIMM
But educators are gonna lambaste unschooling for failing to adequately provide for students? As they say in Cajun country: Donnez-moi un break!