Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Why Do We Expect So Little From Our Kids?

The City of Rochester is providing an opportunity for City high school students (ages 14-18) to interview for summer internships with local companies. That in and of itself is an excellent idea and will hopefully motivate successful applicants towards a bright future. The requirements for taking part in the interviews however are laughable. According to 13WHAM News, "To qualify, teens must maintain a 2.0 grade point average; have a minimum 90-percent school attendance; and have no long-term suspensions on their records."

I'm all for this program, but these requirements are miserable. Is this how much we expect of our City School District students? What are we telling kids by having such low standards? Why try harder if the brain-dead kid sitting next to you is going to get the same opportunities as you are? Even George W. Bush could qualify for this program. How about a minimum 2.5 GPA? How about a minimum 95-percent attendance record? How about no suspensions, period? Is that really too much to ask? Heaven forbid we demand excellence out of our kids these days.