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Drop Out Problem
By Bob Allen


September 12, 2005

Bill, the first approach to the drop out problem should be a proactive one. In other words, how do we prevent them from dropping out in the first place?

First we have to encourage the kids that there is something to stay in school for. But how do you convince kids in a town where there are 4 major jobs? Education, Hospital, public service, Marine Highway. Until they see what is on the outside, how do we expect them to be motivated to stay in school.

Second, we have to stop the kids from having kids. What are the statistics on that? The numbers are high. Maybe parents under the age of 18 should not be able to collect the PFD. We are paying kids to have kids. It is almost like it is encouraged.

Third, every one is responsible for the actions. Kids or not they are responsible for themselves and should be held accountable. If they don't graduate school, we should not help them. Unfortunate as it is to give them a silver spoon is not going to help them in life.

Those are a few of my suggestions.

Bob Allen
Ketchikan, AK - USA


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