I Said, “Maybe You’re Just Not High School Material”
Follow-up from yesterday…
So, to recap, I’m sick of spending so much time on kids who are just not going to do any work or try to learn anything. Surprise. Now, the Big Idea:
I don’t remember where I heard or read this, but it was about a year or two ago and it is genius. Ready? Here goes:
IF YOU WANT TO DROP OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, GO AHEAD.
Sounds a little cold, and by itself this would not solve any of societies ills. The innovative part of this is the premise that society has promised everybody a free public education. Who says you have to take it when you are 4-18 years old? Let’s say you are one of the kids in my class who is there strictly to waste my time, my students’ time, and to generally absorb resources with no discernable individual or social gain…let’s just say. So leave. This isn’t for you right now and you’re fucking things up for other people.
Here’s what you do: Drop out of high school. Meanwhile, the state will put the money it would have spent on your education into an account with your name on it. When you are sick of living with your mom, you can withdraw this money to get your GED, get job training, whatever you want as long as it makes you better educated and/or more employable. (And if you do become a famous rapper or basketball player, the joke’s on us. Good job.)
Who wins? Students who remain. Taxpayers. Teachers. And probably you.
Let me note again that I cannot take credit for this idea. I would be grateful if anybody knows who came up with this so I could give due credit and do some further reading. Please let me know.