Seems as though a total collapse of the free world’s financial markets has a silver lining: that kids are thinking twice before dropping out because there are no jobs for them if A) they leave school early and B) are citizens who do not have any sort of formal education. As this article points out, every crisis has a silver lining, right?
Seems to me that America has become far too much of a country that requires a crisis before taking intelligent action to deal with the circumstances BEFORE matters escalate to the level of calamity. From New Orleans and the levees to Wall Street and the financial market/housing bubble crisis to gangs in the inner city to the dropout crisis becoming an absolute economic and social albatross for our nation, we are, in far too many ways, a nation of reactors instead of proactive problem solvers.
And we pay for it each and every time.
As a parent, I don’t allow my 2 year old daughter to cut herself with a sharp kitchen knife before I take the knife away from her. My daughter doesn’t get access to knives of any sort in the first place. But as a country, we allow ourselves to play with fire time and time again, much to our detriment.
When it comes to students, being proactive about matters is one of the best lessons I think I can ever hope to teach them. Fixing the mentality of our entire nation might be a bit ambitious but today, Earth Day, it might be time to think about becoming just a wee bit more green, don’t ya think?