Teens want to grow up fast and start earning their
own money, but a high school diploma does not equip them to face
the reality of earning a living in the 21st Century.
Many students, especially those in the inner cities,
are disinterested in regular course curriculums being offered by
the school systems. Some advance from one level to the next barely
achieving a passing grade; others drop out without so much as the
basic skills needed to earn a living. They think life would be less
complicated if they didnít have to learn a lot of useless stuff.
Although such behavior is considered most prevalent
in poor and minority communities, these problems plague our youth
even in the most affluent neighborhoods. Children who lack focus
and motivation are easily lured by peer pressure into believing
there is excitement and easy money to be made in potentially dangerous
activities that include violence, substance abuse and crime. There
is a real need for classroom instruction in a field of opportunity
that encompasses basic school subjects yet holds a studentís interest
and gives them hope for a bright and prosperous future.