Now, this is a tough one. On one hand, we could blame the schools for letting the standards get progressively lower and allowing the students to gain more power over them. On the other hand we can blame parents for not pushing their children enough or encouraging them to do better. For argument’s sake I’m going to go with parents because they should have more influence over the children.
Invariably, though, it’s really neither. It’s the STUDENT’S faults for not graduating. No one has more control over their destiny than the children themselves.
(Warning: Gross generalizations ahead)
For some reason kids seem to think that education is no longer necessary to get ahead in the world.
They see high school dropouts like Bam Margera making millions on his Tv show for riding a skateboard, doing stupid stunts, and torturing his parents. If he can do that without a diploma, why should they even bother?
Then, they see recording artists that grew up in terrible neighborhoods go on to make tens of millions of dollars making “music” and showing how rich they are in their music videos. These guys live large, have big houses (or, I believe the modern term is “crib”), and are surrounded by hordes of beautiful women. Most of these guys have no better than a high school diploma or G.E.D.
And, the final insult is the professional athlete. Sure, most of these guys went to college. They also took the easiest courses possible and usually squeaked by with a 2.0 GPA and they get paid HUNDREDS of millions of dollars. They don’t need no education to be successful.
Another prevailing problem is that society doesn’t exactly put a good light on being intelligent. For years the smartest people in school have been referred to as geeks, nerds, dweebs, democrats you name it! and are usually the ones that get beaten by the seemingly “superior”, but less intelligent popular kids. No one wants to be smart if it means that someone is going to beat the crap out of them after school every day.
Now, could the schools do more to encourage the students to graduate? I don’t know.
Could parents do more to encourage their kids to work harder? Doubt it.
In the end, the effort must come from the students, themselves. They’re the only ones that can help end this cycle.