Well, not quite, but we are heading there.
More control freakery from NeueArbeit. As usual, they come out with some new "law" or "compulsion" - this time stay at school until 18 - backed up by inspectors and the compulsory fines for non-attendance. I would not be surprised if Tony and Gordon have a rule that any new legislation comes out without more compulsions and associated fines, then the Minister responsible will themselves get fined.
This means more admin, more "salaried unemployed" and more inefficiency. More heat than light.
If kids realised that a life outside of work is one of no roof, no money and no life, then I think they would be sufficiently motivated to sort themselves out. Right now far too many are born into households already suckling entirely or mostly from the State teat and so have no motivation to provide for themselves. Some are even on their third generation (and note that many professionals reproduce in their thirties at ages that the feckless are grandparents...). I post here about my views on kids born into welfare (the main cause of "child poverty" I suspect).
Schools need to be teaching children of how ghastly their life will be if they cannot read, write or behave in a civilised manner. If it means scaring the living daylights out of them at "story time" with "The Little Match Girl" or other such tales, then so be it. Add to that balance and the concept of philanthropy, then we might be moving in the right direction.