Dropouts are the Real Problem

"Give a man a fish and he'll eat today.  Teach a man to fish and he'll eat forever." That old saying is one of the favorites of conservatives who see education as a path to a better future. But that saying assumes that the proverbial "man" is willing to learn. Therein lies the rub. Too many men (and women) are content to "eat today" rather than "eat forever." There are two indications that bear this out. First, let's use high school dropouts as an indicator of not being willing to learn.  About 1 in 4 high school students does not graduate from high school with his or her class.  Nearly 4 in 10 minority students do not graduate with their class.  The total number of high-school dropouts annually is presently about 3,030,000, or about 8,300 per day. Among dropouts:  [two sources] U.S. jobs a high school dropout is not eligible for is presently about 90% High school dropouts commit...(Read Full Article)