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I have often wondered who decided that kids who graduate high school at 17 or 18 years old have enough sense to make decisions that impact the rest of their lives. I know when I was young, I was stupid. Young and stupid, two words that are synonymous. Case in point, ask a kid in high school what they want to study in college.
â€śI donâ€™t know.â€ť
â€śYouâ€™re going to have to major in something.â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t know what I want to do. I donâ€™t want to have to take a bunch of math.â€ť
â€śYou have to have math.â€ť
â€śWhy? Iâ€™m not going to teach math. Iâ€™m not going to do anything that needs math. Name me one job that demands that you know algebra?â€ť
â€śSo you arenâ€™t going to teach math. What are you interested in that you want to do the rest of your life?â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t know. Iâ€™ll worry about that after graduation. But I donâ€™t want to take any more math.â€ť
And thatâ€™s the intelligent conversation.
They donâ€™t know what they want to study but they know they want to live in the dorms. You canâ€™t tell them that the dorm rooms are nowhere near the size of their room at home or that they will have to share the room with a stranger. That they will have to share a bathroom with up to six strangers. They only know that they are getting away from home!
With this doofus who doesnâ€™t have a clue about what to major in, comes the ACT test. You have to score high to get scholarships. An 18 on the ACTâ€™s is not going to cut it.
â€śIâ€™ll worry about that later.â€ť
Ask your average high school student who is dating whom or who has broken up with whom and they can give you every bit of information down to the smallest detail. Ask them how they did in Chemistry and all you get is a non-committal shoulder shrug and â€śawright.â€ť These are the people who will be running the show soon. They donâ€™t even have enough sense to pull their pants up for peteâ€™s sake!
Now I understand why animals eat their young.
Donna Summerall is the Lifestyles Reporter for the Daily Times Leader and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.orgView more articles in: