I think most people would re-think sending their son or daughter to that hellhole again. And that is just when kids attack other kids. Even the adults get into the act. Most times, though, adults end up taking the brunt of the abuse as they try to break up fights.
And for what? So that Juan can join the military? So that DeAnna can be a special education teacher for students that cannot read?
Though city administrators and others say they are trying to find the answer to high schools' problems, the biggest problem with high school is it is a colossal waste of time. The United States doesn't manufacture anything anymore. The corporatist success story, in their snappy Brooks Brothers' suits, is a lie that soon everyone will realize. The best chance most teens have is going to the military where they will be thrown into the meat grinder of war. If they survive that ordeal, psychological trauma or other problems will scar them the rest of their lives.
Nonetheless, Rahm Emanuel and other educational social engineers want to extend the school day. As if the day isn't already long enough. It is wrong for kids to go to school when it is dark and come home when it is dark. The established order's only interest is to keep everyone occupied and stupid while they loot the land and sell commodities off to trans-national corporations. How else will they be able to create mass fear and prejudice with everyone doing something else?