Monday, September 15, 2008

Real Problem/Rant on Poor Education

Living in L.A., we forget about the real people and the children. Reading articles like this reminds me about the issues our children are facing in a society caught up in rich teens and empty campaign promises. Schools are failing our children, if it's not in a rich district, it doesn't matter. Schools in the poor areas are hanging on by string, one particular is Jefferson High, which is featured in the article (highlighted below).

In Jefferson High, students are losing hope in school
. 58 percent of these students, nearly six out of 10 students, drop out. They leave to either join a gang, work, or they just don't want to be there. But what's happening there that making kids walk?

It's sad and disheartening. I feel that this is one of the issues that gets pushed aside for anti-gay stuff and other things that really don't matter.

Education is key, we need to get our schools back on track and our kids believing in their futures again. That's one of the true moral dilemmas in our country.


Anonymous said...

The dropout rate should be viewed as a medical epidemic. Schools must become a place that students want to be, and must show students clear paths to futures they've never dreamed of.

The gang problem is a sad tragedy. I stumbled across the LA Times homicide page online and could not believe how many youth are lost to gang violence (My video response is at

So much potential never reached.

BronzeBuckaroo said...

One can always give back. So many who attended poor schools yet managed to go on to lead productive lives never give back. Almost everytime one sees a sports figure, he is visiting or helping out one of the "better" schools. Government can only do so much. For the reminder, it is up to various private and "public personalities" to give back instead of igoring their roots. And, even if they never attended a poor school, still give back!

Andrew J. Gonzalez said...

We need more programs like this in high schools. The state and individuals need to step up and fund these programs for as many students as possible.

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