Friday, March 10, 2006

Take my freedom please!

The report is called the The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts. It is based on a new survey that reveals the high school drop out rate is hitting a "crisis" point. It appears that many of the students were bright but bored. John Brigeland one of the report's authors told Reuters,

"Some had high grades and were just bored out of their minds," They found no connection between the classroom and life and their career aspirations."

The report recommends federal, state and local efforts to offer students school options, engage parents and create early-warning systems for at-risk youths. It also calls for more accurate tracking of dropouts and consideration of raising the legal dropout age to 18. Most states sets the compulsory school attendance age at 16 or 17.

In fact, these kids cite too much freedom, which surprised us," Bridgeland said. "They get to high school and all of a sudden under state law they're permitted to drop out, many of the kids know that. They want more order and rules and expectations."

Translation: We can't handle ourselves so please take away more of our freedom. Music to the state's ears. The survey was commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Phyllis Shafly of the Eagle Forum has been doing an excellent job detailing the UN / Gates motives.

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