Letters to the Editor

Student weighs in on dropout problem in Cleveland Municipal School District

To the editor: (Plain Press, April 2007) The class graduating in 2007 will have lost about 50% of the students that started in their freshmen year. The main reason for this loss is because of kids dropping out of schools.

The most common reason for these dropouts would be a loss of interest. When a student loses interest in school he/she has no reason to come. The student may also feel that they are not learning anything.

Students can also want to make quick money and drop out to sell drugs. Others may drop out because they have no way to get to school. Their parents may not have a vehicle, and they might not receive bus tickets from the school.

To stop an increasing rate in dropouts, the Cleveland Municipal School District can try to make classes and school more interesting. Teachers could also give students a test at the beginning of the year to see where they are and what they need to know. This way no one would be bored because they already knew the information.

Van Patterson, a student at Whitney Young High School said, “If there were academic competitions to compete in, more people would be more involved in school, because people are always competitive.”

With a few adjustments to our School District, I am certain that we can lower the dropout rates in Cleveland.

Ja’Kary Brown
9th Grade Student
Whitney M. Young High School
Cleveland Municipal School District
Participant in the Ohio State University Young Scholars Program


Student calls for more support for education

To the Editor: (Plain Press, April 2007) I feel that schools do not get enough rights when it comes to the school district and the way money is distributed to schools. I really don’t see how the government can say that children are the future when our future is being taken from us by the fact that we are on a budget.

Most students don’t see why they have to go to school when the school itself is run down and barely able to teach students with overflowing classrooms and the lack of teachers. The government and some citizens have the opinion that children should get a better education, but students can’t get interested because the way the education system is now being treated.

My opinion is that we get out of this war and start working on the schools for a better and more resourceful improvement to the future. Let children have a chance to not only be able to find their own enjoyments of education, but also to be able to learn to express themselves in a way that is not only fun and interesting, but also teaches them about life and what they really want to strive for when it comes to the education dream. No parent wants to have their child fail, and children really don’t want to fail either, but we, as a group, need to open the door and give them real support.

I don’t agree that this dress code will help better education. I think that it forces kids and shows them that expressing themselves is forbidden, and that will only make students rebel even more instead of wanting to be in school more. Some say that it is supposed to keep students from wearing offensive clothing, but they might just wear it still. It also punishes those students who have been doing well in school and are now forced to wear dress code. I think that the education system should focus more on helping kids, not banning them. Show the schools that you are opening doors and not closing them.

Shawna Heaton
9th Grade Student
Cleveland School of the Arts
Cleveland Municipal School District
Member of the Ohio State University Young Scholars Program


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