One of the court rules is that Laura Dekker needs to continue with following schoolwork. There are more teenagers that are self-home schooling, for instance when the parents don't have a fixed home base. Apparently it is a proven concept, I think the Australian girl also did her homework on the boat.I guess my problem is where do you draw the line? If a 15 year old decides they want to be the first child to solo bicycle across Siberia, do we let them leave school and take off?
Having goals and dreams and working towards them are to be commended, but when it is age appropriate. Call me a fuddy duddy, but I believe in restricting what my children do when they are young, they can do whatever they please when they are of legal age. I don't see any reason why they can't wait a couple of years.
What is age appropriate is hard to tell, some people are more mature than others at a certain age. Of course at the age of 15 the parents should have a definitive say, but I think they are afraid that their child will hate them forever when they say no. That's of course a very egoistical reason, that's why the court made an impartial decision.