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.
âI donât know.â
âYouâre going to have to major in something.â
âI donât know what I want to do. I donât want to have to take a bunch of math.â
âYou have to have math.â
âWhy? Iâm not going to teach math. Iâm not going to do anything that needs math. Name me one job that demands that you know algebra?â
âSo you arenât going to teach math. What are you interested in that you want to do the rest of your life?â
âI donât know. Iâll worry about that after graduation. But I donât want to take any more math.â
And thatâs the intelligent conversation.
They donât know what they want to study but they know they want to live in the dorms. You canât 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 doesnât have a clue about what to major in, comes the ACT test. You have to score high to get scholarships. An 18 on the ACTâs is not going to cut it.
âIâll worry about that later.â
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 âawright.â These are the people who will be running the show soon. They donât even have enough sense to pull their pants up for peteâs 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 email@example.comView more articles in: