My heart about broke yesterday when I heard the number of freshmen saying they can’t wait till this summer. No, they weren’t going for a summer outing or camp experience. They were turning 16 and want to drop out of high school.
I listened to them give the dozens of reasons to drop out. “It’s too hard.” “I’m gonna fail anyway.” “My parents never finished, why me?” “It’s too hard” “I’ll just go get a job” “It’s too hard.” “A GED is just as good and it’s not as hard.” “I get too distracted in school.” Oh, did I mention what I heard the most? “It’s too hard.”
I tried to reason with them to stick it out. Anything worth doing takes effort. I used the example of the new video game that came out. I said “It is hard to get past the first few levels, but once you get the hang of the game, the rest of the levels are pretty simple to do.” I was told “I just use the cheats to beat the game.” CHEATS? Is everything about using the cheats?
I am starting to realize we have a generation of students that, as a majority, do not understand how to persist. Many of my students use ‘hacked’ apps, ‘cheats’ on games and in the class, look to the minimum to get by. “Mr. Case, is there an easier way to do this?” is a question I get often and did not realize the impact on their whole philosophy.
If any of my students are reading this, please understand, LIFE DOES NOT HAVE CHEATS! Anything worth having, takes effort. Yea, you can drop out, MAYBE get a minimum wage job, get some government subsidy existence, but you are missing out. Put forth some effort. The football coach perhaps said it best: “The GAIN is worth the PAIN.”
Yea kids, I may be a pain in your backside, but the GAIN you will get in life is worth it.