It doesn’t end here…
The 2016 Presidential Election is officially underway. Several campaigns have begun and although they are in the nascent stages, it is apparent that their momentum is increasing with every passing day. Soon, with more campaigns set to launch in the coming weeks, politics will become ubiquitous. It dawned on me yesterday that political campaigns are similar to education, high school in particular. High school lasts four years (three if you’re one of the exceptionally bright students and can skip a grade) and is filled with academics, extracurricular activities and any additional factors that are conducted outside of school. We are strongly encouraged by our parents, teachers, mentors etc. to perform to the best of our abilities because life doesn’t end after high school. Essentially, those four years are a campaign for the future. That future could mean college, the military, the workforce etc. Any student entering high school should start off with the goal of walking across the stage in four years and obtaining their diploma. However, to lay the groundwork for a lucrative future, they should apply a strong investment in those formative years.
Although the overall objective of the American Graduate educational initiative is to increase the national graduation rate to 90% by the year 2020, it doesn’t have to be the end goal. Unfortunately, some people who I went to high school with failed to realize this. For them, high school was the prime of their young lives and that was as far as some them sought to go. Fortunately though, that does not have to be the goal for students currently enrolled in high school. Even for students who are not doing that well academically or have yet to do anything of significant prominence and add it to their resume, it doesn’t have to end here. The campaign is not over until it’s over. There’s still time to reclaim ground, change course and end this portion of their educational career on a high note.
When students don’t do well in high school, they’re not just hurting themselves. The choices they make affect their peers, their families, their communities, their schools, and the national goal of the American Graduate educational initiative.