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Summerall: Young and stupid

February 16, 2013

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.
“I don’t know.”
“You’re going to have to major in something.”
“I don’t know what I want to do. I don’t want to have to take a bunch of math.”
“You have to have math.”
“Why? I’m not going to teach math. I’m not going to do anything that needs math. Name me one job that demands that you know algebra?”
“So you aren’t going to teach math. What are you interested in that you want to do the rest of your life?”
“I don’t know. I’ll worry about that after graduation. But I don’t want to take any more math.”
And that’s the intelligent conversation.
They don’t know what they want to study but they know they want to live in the dorms. You can’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 doesn’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 ACT’s is not going to cut it.
“I’ll worry about that later.”
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 “awright.” These are the people who will be running the show soon. They don’t even have enough sense to pull their pants up for pete’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

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