158. Who Needs School?
Two years after it was appointed by the
, a panel has delivered its report on education
California. One of its findings is that half
the students who reach the ninth grade will
graduate. There were about 6 million students in
’s K-12 grades in the spring of 2006.
focused on problems with the education system; it
not offer any solutions. Solutions might be offered
the future, if the governor decides to appoint
panel. Meanwhile, thousands of kids 15 to 18
old will be dropping out of school every
. Without a high school diploma, most of these
are doomed to a lifetime of part-time work
full-time jobs that offer no security, no benefits,
no opportunity for advancement. And the cities that
kids live in will see an increase in
, homelessness, and crime.
As usual, the taxpayer is
to pay for the failures of the government.
is going to be asked to approve bonds
will build yet more schools, more prisons, and
housing for the homeless. These bonds, unfortunately, are
using band-aids when stitches or tourniquets are needed.
dropouts do not see a bleak future for
. In the report, one student was asked why
had dropped out of the tenth grade. “School
boring,” he said. “I got a life to
. There’s women, parties, fast cars, and easy money
the street, if you know where to find
. And if things ever go south, all I
do is apply for welfare. They’ll put me
in an apartment, and give me food stamps
free medical care. Why do I need an
or a stupid job?”