When I was in high school in the ’60s, I just assumed that everyone in America was going to stick it out like I was and get a diploma.
As Paul Simon contended in one of his tunes, I did learn a lot of c–p in high school, but that was just what I was expected to consume so as to get out.
I don’t know how much c–p is perpetrated on kids today across America, and perhaps none is at all. But, in record numbers they are perservering and graduating. Right now, according to new data from the Census Bureau, 90 percent of the people 25 and older have a high school diploma.
That’s a record.
And it’s a record in every kind of American.
I hope this is a good thing and not just a numbers game.
I hope that graduating from high school means something, although I worry that it does not mean today what it meant when I crossed the stage 52 years ago.
I hope graduation means going through a gate that leads to more education, a good job and a happy and productive adulthood.
I worry, though, that trends that have been clear for years will continue and graduation willl actually mean less and less as we go along.
I guess I should not be so quick to be dismissive, but …