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How To Solve The Nation’s Dropout Rate

Let them drop out. There, I solved the dropout rate. The president is giving a speech, that unfortunately I have to watch where he will outline a plan to quote, “intervene” and ultimately curtail the nation’s rising dropout rate. Of course he’s going to propose more funding and more government involvement in our already government run schools. But is the answer to our public school woes more cash, and more government? Well of course not silly but you try telling a leftist that and they’ll look at you as if you have five eyes and six set of lips. I know how to solve the dropout epidemic in this country.

All we have to do is continue, to do nothing. No more money, no more government, a lot more kids who hate traditional school and a traditional school curriculum dropping out. I know, I know that sounds really harsh and yes it sounds like I don’t love the children, I do, but I also see the big picture in all of this. It’s called process of elimination and it works not only in organized sports, it also works in our Military and our career world as well. I’m not saying we promote and encourage kids to dropout, I’m saying we provide them with alternative solutions rather than throwing good money after bad, all the while the kids who dropped out are standing on the corner, or selling drugs, or even getting involved with gangs and other illegal activity. We need to encourage those who have given up on high school to attend Job Corp, or some other trade school where they can learn to work with their hands doing things that might peak their interests. Sometimes a kid might dropout because he or she simply cannot do the work, so we have increase the number of shop and home economic classes in the middle and high school level. Unfortunately we’ve traded in our aprons and safety goggles for Green Peace t-shirts and ACORN brochures located next to the college applications in the student center.

I’m a young man, I’m 23 and I graduated high school in 2006, and even now I noticed in that short time frame the school system and the public school environment has changed dramatically. When I was a junior and a senior in high school my adviser made me fill out at least seven fast food job applications, I had to apply to at least four colleges, and in terms of what classes I was taking, I had to take shop class and home economics before I could graduate. At my old high school it was mandatory that each student take either one of those classes twice, or both in one year. Nowadays schools are too busy teaching our teenagers about tolerance and global warming, and social justice, among other things. My history teacher Mr. Webster taught us world history like it was some training course for a job in the aerospace field. When I took American history my teacher Mr. Haug went through the subject point by point and if we failed the American History exam at the end of the year we had to take it over our junior year and retake the same exam. See back then, in old 2006 we had standards and mandates. My senior principal was so tough she refused to give my friend is high school diploma and he had already completed two three years of college.

I reject this idea of paying students to learn. Paying them, what for? Paying them to do things they’re suppose to do? Are we parents or are we teachers? Why pay students to do something that will lead to an education that will lead to a job that pays them? If the student doesn’t want to learn then that’s on them. We need to hold the students accountable for a change. When I was in high school I never did my homework in Biology during my freshman year. So I had to take it my senior year and I was a 6’1 eighteen year old senior with a goatee in a freshman biology class with a bunch of fourteen and fifteen year old kids. They would always ask me if I was a student teacher. Evan Thomas is someone I hardly ever agree with, in fact the man is a downright Marxist but he was dead on when he said the problem is that we tell young people that they’re above average when they clearly aren’t. He also talked about how grade inflation was bad and I agree with him on that as well. We need to separate the achievers from the failures. And I know calling young people failures may sound harsh but it’s the truth. Like Pat Buchanan said “Not every young person is college material” So we need to stop souping these kids heads up by telling them that they can get into Princeton when at best they might crack into Flora Valley Community College with their 1.78 GPA.

We need to instead tell them that college isn’t the end all be all for a young person in America. I know plenty of people who didn’t go to college and made out fine. My dad is a prime example of a self made man who didn’t go to college. My brother didn’t go to college either and he’s doing fine. I chose to go to college because I wanted to piss off a bunch of leftist professors, but that’s another post for another time. So Obama can talk about more money for this, more control for that, but at the end of the day success depends on the student and the teacher, and the curriculum. No matter how dedicated the student is, if he or she is being indoctrinated on the subject of economic and social justice or social and cultural studies or women’s studies then all the money and hard work will be for not. You can’t get an honest paying job with a degree in “Women’ Studies in Today’s America” or “African American Studies in the 21st Century”. You could however use those credentials when applying to be a street agitator and a professor of sociology at NYU or Columbia. Hm, let me guess, that’s the whole point of the curriculum right?

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