Opportunity knocks for Minneapolis dropouts

  • Article by: COREY MITCHELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 11, 2010 - 10:09 PM

Volunteers go door-to-door to get dropouts back in school

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tedfanSep. 11, 10 8:16 PM

I was one of the volunteers today and in just 2 hours we found 3 adults that wanted to go back to school but hadn't. Thanks to the Minneapolis Public Schools and Youth Coordinating Board for providing a concrete way to take on this issue. Keep this initiative going. One of the most important things we can do for the future of our city is to increase the number of citizens with a good education.

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ironman6975Sep. 11, 1011:10 PM

I was a drop out until I turned 31 and then I went and got my GED and now I feel better about it and now I can look at my kids when they go off to school and tell them to stay in or go to school and they can look at me and not say well you didn't, so we don't have to either. Now I just tell them what can happen and or has happened to me in the past and they don't want the samething in life so they are learning everything they can in school so that the samethings don't happen to them. So I am really happy that these people are out there doing this and I wish I would of knowing about it otherwise I would of been out there pushing for people to stay in school and or go back to school. Is there the same program in St. Paul also or just in Murderapolis? (I wouldn't call it that if people stayed in school and learn and get jobs and just over all be smarter in life.)

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saralee67Sep. 11, 1011:17 PM

I think it's great that you did this today. I think sometimes young people need to be asked and need to know that someone out there cares enough to do the asking.

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mtkalib50Sep. 12, 10 8:43 AM

but Mom and Dad can't? Why? Before you flame me, I am serious... My kids finished high school and are now in college. I SHOWED them why education is important -- no stranger met my kids on the steps... Where are these teenager's parents?

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dtmonkeyboySep. 12, 10 7:10 PM

mtkalib50...i'll tell you where the parents are. Some of the parents are deadbeats that skipped out on raising their children. Some are on drugs or have mental problems. Some don't encourage their kids to succeed because they feel they will get left behind. Some need their kids to help pay the rent. Some work two or three jobs and are not around. Some have been deported. Some don't speak english and on and on

I think it is great when parents encourage their kids and raise good kids and citizens...but many don't and we as a society have a choice of trying to help these kids or we can punish them because of the sins of their parents and perpetuate the cycle.

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minny2socalSep. 12, 10 7:29 PM

Thank you! I grew up in one of those households.. mtkalib50: I agree with your point, but sometimes kids just aren't that fortunate.

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mtkalib50Sep. 12, 10 8:05 PM

I appreciate the kind response; I am so used to immature flames on this board. I guess I agree -- some parents fail their kids. But, that doesn't make this program good. Do you really think a stranger really show up at a teenagers door and overcome their school boredom (or what ever the reason is)? I have pushed nieces and nephews back to school, but that is different. I remember in the "good ol days" when we had high schools that trained kids for auto, carpentry or other blue collar trades if the child showed no interest in tradiional high school curriculum. I think that might be more successful than these programs. But again, thanks for the kind response.

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pattayaSep. 12, 10 8:39 PM

Everybody WILL finish high school even if it takes ten years as a senior. Drop outs will always be a drain on society as a whole. The excuse that the teacher doesn't like me or I have a bad home life doesn't cut it. Do your homework, stop disrupting class, participate in activities and the teachers will like and help you. To be an American and not finish high school is unacceptable, period....no excuses. If you cannot handle this simple requirement, then you have no future or reason to be around taking up space and draining the entitlement coffers.

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jjsbrwSep. 12, 10 9:12 PM

I see these kids all the time. DTMonkey, you hit it on the head. Whatever the case may be with the parents, I have a saying: The kid's test score counts, too. I bust my tail for these kids every single day (yes, I put in about 4 hours of planning today), but I'll tell you what. Now everybody is screaming to tie pay to test scores. Do these people really want me to switch to teaching all honors classes? That's exactly what the message will be.

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johnnyg08Sep. 12, 1010:07 PM

If they make it a law to finish...how do you propose they enforce it? These kids choose to drop out.

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