You ever catch yourself feeling relieved when your most degenerate students skip off that day? You ever catch yourself wishing they'd skip off more often? I'd never tell them that, of course. That's not what the taxpayers are paying me to tell them. But it sounds so mutual. They want to skip off, I want them to skip off (well except maybe on test day so I don't need to make up an alternate test), yet we are told to stamp out any talk between them of skipping off. Why? Right now we have an education system that tries to balance the learning styles of dozens of students at a time. In elementary school the most gifted are excused from ordinary classes to get a head start in a more loosely supervised setting on the next year's content. But at no point do we stop and ask ourselves if the issue isn't that someone is unusually far ahead or behind, but just learns in an unusually atypical way that is neither ahead nor behind. If we provided them the resources to work with at home, and they could teach it to themselves better than we could teach it to them, what's the harm? If our tests or quizzes are adequate to gauge classroom learning, why wouldn't they be adequate to gauge a self-taught student's learning? I mean, even if my better students used this, I wouldn't have wanted to hold them in the classroom against their will. When lives were on the line, people weren't hesitant to take kids out of the classroom and do distance learning, despite complaining of "restrictions on freedom of movement" in every other context. So why are we restricting student's "freedom of movement" by requiring them to be in a particular place on weekdays?