The Silent Plague: High School Dropouts

Elyse is a 17 year old pun connoisseur who resides in the “Lone Star State.” She enjoys collaging fashion boards, studying the works of Steinbeck, and designing jewelry.

A reasoning conscious shadows behind life’s journey for a High School Dropout.The story seldom begins with a lackluster attitude, but often concludes with the birth of a new statistic. As this silent crisis flourishes throughout the education systems of America, judgmental thoughts continue to increasingly pierce the motives of students. With constant pressures from parents, teachers, and peers, finding a remedy for an unmotivated teenagers negation can lead to confusing burdens and sunken spirits.

Often times, teenagers live with internal oppressions that aren’t exposed until the arising of consequences. What happens when their feelings aren’t acknowledged, and their quiet cries fail to be heard? Does anybody acquire an ear to hear unspoken words? Statistical information suggest that students’ placement on the high school social spectrum severely affect the decisions of teens. Living a mundane life Monday through Friday can potentially cause one’s mentality to dive into a lackadaisical coma. Walking through crowded marble halls while feeling neglected and rejected won’t encompass positive results. The first step to changing one’s situation starts with their thought process. True happiness isn’t developed through exterior elements, but rather found in the inner core of oneself. Therefore, despite the adversity’s they may face, happiness will still be obtained because it lives within.

Life’s key factors revolve around reaching complete equilibrium. Having a balanced life style is prime in maximizing one’s potential. According to my observations, the most successful people prioritize their schedules. This is where teenagers often deviate from the path that leads to a prosperous High School career. Weekend parties, sales at local malls, and movie dates are always fun- when your work is finished. Coming home to mountainous loads of homework equates with stress, sleep deprivation, and unsettled dispositions. A mental overload expeditiously burns the midnight oil and leaves one’s motivation to drown. If we can abide by the “work hard, play hard” rule , our High School Dropout rate would have a chance at being dormant. Studying an extra fifteen minutes on the AP Biology quiz is better than falling asleep in class due to late nights on the town.

On the contrary, what happens when the student does study for the extra fifteen minutes to no avail? What happens when their eighty five on the test is trampled by the parents expectations? Their happiness becomes marred, and their success rate dwindles. Often times, failing to surpass the expectancy of parents leaves one’s emotions in a bind laced with chains of uncertainty, diminished self worth, and loss of pride. More than likely, a listless attitude will be adopted, all emotions will be put to rest, and beneficial rewards will not be reaped.

Society endows those who lack prosperous qualities into a generalized mold. It develops into a stagnant pool of individuals who can’t pursue their goals due to the incompletion of work during the years of teenage youth. This is why completing High School needs to be strenuously embedded into the thoughts of teenagers. Although progress is being made, albeit rather slowly, the root of the problem still lays prostrate deep within the mindset of troubled teens.

Therefore, I challenge you to exude warm words of wisdom, and work to rebuild a strong foundation in which America’s education system governs. In order to save multitudes of potential drop outs, and suppress this event from occurring, we must regenerate the willpower of those who have lost hope. Uneasy hearts weigh the most, but there is nothing that encouraging guidance can’t cure. Here is where our journey begins. Decrease the rate, improve one’s fate, and above all, make a change.

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    Have you reconsidered your assumptions? Is it necessary to hold young people in schools? Or will young people better flourish without being chained to the desk? Do all people really have to learn math’s imaginary numbers? Did school teach successful people how to be successful? Or did people learn success elsewhere?

    Drop outs may be unsuccessful because they are just not motivated people, so they weren’t motivated in school or the real world. Or school may be hampering the successfulness of drop outs.

    Potentially, people not in school could be making a difference in the world. Every minute a person sits in a desk learning about dead George Washington, that person cannot be starting a business, working a job, or interning.

    Parent’s most precious children are living in seven hour prisons. Google unschooling to learn more.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFXFmg0EZvY market for liberty

    Have you reconsidered your assumptions? Is it necessary to hold young people in schools? Or will young people better flourish without being chained to the desk? Do all people really have to learn math’s imaginary numbers? Did school teach successful people how to be successful? Or did people learn success elsewhere?

    Drop outs may be unsuccessful because they are just not motivated people, so they weren’t motivated in school or the real world. Or school may be hampering the successfulness of drop outs.

    Potentially, people not in school could be making a difference in the world. Every minute a person sits in a desk learning about dead George Washington, that person cannot be starting a business, working a job, or interning.

    Parent’s most precious children are living in seven hour prisons. Google unschooling to learn more