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 Post subject: Pre High School and High School dropouts
PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 5:39 pm 
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The present day educational system is damaging to young people. Evidence of this harm is being presented from psychological,neurological,
sociological, statistical, and common-sense perspectives.

There is a problem in schools and it is a valuable lesson that parents need to know about their children. Due to the apathy and standards and teaching curriculum that set standards for preperation for college and careers, many students are lost before they gain interest in learning. The method and purpose of teaching leaves a large percentage of children feeling alienated and bored with a curriculum that is overly technical, and borders on the mundane and lack of purpose. With the advent of video games, movies about easy money, stars and athletes being paid well beyond reason, the marry a rich man philosophy, parents being absent as they both work- many young kids don't have a sense of direction as to the importance of a good education. Whether they are aware that they aren't college material, shamed into leaving, forced into families, or just can't see the point of knowledge(perhaps they think they know it all already) more children are dropping out before graduating or even entering high school. Kids are not getting the instruction or understanding they need in a highly competitive world as it seems even school and its demands are too much for them to handle.

Most dropout rates pertain to high school, and the latest figures are doctored as to not present as severe a situation as is suspected. Some recent figures from Lou Dobbs yesterday claim that 25% of Whites , 47% of Hispanics, and 50% of blacks drop out, but the figures are probably higher. These figures don't mention those that drop out before they even get to high school.Out of the 67% who graduate, more than half the students who drop out leave by the tenth grade, 20% quit by the eighth grade, and 3% drop out by the fourth grade. In the last 20 years the earnings level of dropouts doubled, while it nearly tripled for college graduates. Recent dropouts will earn $200,000 less than high school graduates, and over $800,000 less than college graduates, in their lives.
Dropouts make up nearly half the heads of households on welfare. Dropouts make up nearly half the prison population.

Cost of schooling has nearly doubled in the last 30 years, so what does that say for quality of education? Overcrowded, unsafe, GED's No child left behind, 35% less income, artificial #'s to meet higher standards, federal payments and not in the top 10 in the world for graduation. A dismal failure mark must be given to our education system.

Does anybody really care? If you look at how they adjust the percentages by not including whether the person is too old before grad, or if they went to jail, they wish to look more successful. California claims 69% grads, Alabama 77%, Florida 65% when the actual figures are California 69%, Alabama 61.4% and Florida 53%. Dumbing down may be the actual policy here, so there is a ready percentile that are prepared for armed forces duty or burger flippers, greeters at Wal-mart etc. So maybe the famous failure curve is more important to society than a successful intelligent educated citizenry. Florida and Ohios voting procedures couldn't work otherwise.

We can't blame it on leaded gas as we got the lead out, so I guess we need that criminal element and welfare structure to keep things status quo. Why else is 33% of our citizenry deficient in basic understanding, reading and math skills. Hey, maybe this is what is really meant by Intelligent Design! What do I need to know, as long as I can push the right button.

GTA San Andreas is all I have to master. King of the world, Ma.

Maybe a new way of teaching and keeping people interested is required instead of selective failure for purposes beyond our comprehension. Here are some ideas from around the world to keep children interested in learning and not feeling part of a system of industrial pre-manufactured meat.

For those of you still certain they'll be the 1 in a milliom successful dropout, here's a list of some successful dropouts. Note that a lot of them returned to school to upgrade. Also, a lot of these people had the right stuff to succeed- usually talent, and determination.

Good luck kiddies. Remember to learn to read- it may be the only exercise your brain ever gets. Now back to the TV which is already in progress, with your mind in mind.

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