SINO warehouses

Stop warehousing SINOs (Students in Name Only) who don’t go to class and make no progress toward a diploma, writes Marc Epstein, a high school dean, in the New York Post.

Dropouts are now called “pushouts,” implying that our schools are unfairly pushing kids out the door. Lawsuits and consent decrees have made it all but impossible for guidance counselors to suggest that a 19-year-old with only a handful of credits has no chance of completing graduation requirements at their current rate of progress.

Anti-truancy programs get students in the building, where “a staff of school-safety agents and deans try to get them to go to class and prevent them from committing crimes and making mischief.”

There aren’t enough places in vocational programs that might motivate these students and qualify them for a trade, he writes.

About Joanne


  1. yes, but when many of the arguments for all-day kindergarten revolve not around education but around parental employment and the difficulty of finding child care I’m not surprised that “warehousing” is an active concept of lower education in America.

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Most vocations require intelligence and commitment equal to or greater than academic pursuits. If they don’t want to work and don’t want to study, the obvious solution is political science or journalism classes.

  3. wew…you are, of course, correct about the intelligence & committment requirements of many vocations. But for many kids, if they could be exposed to interesting vocations early enough, the intelligence & committment would blossom.

    Sadly, things are going the other way…I read not too long ago about one school that eliminated its vocational programs and threw away valuable machine tools.

  4. Lets not forget that lots of money for schools often depends on student attendance. Get them to school and you get money for each of them. IF they are learning or not is not revelent to the urgency of their physical presence so the district gets money from the state. A close examination of many “dropouts” might revel that they “dropped out” the last quarter of the school year, after attendance goals for that school year have been met.

    Childcare is another reason for secondary school resistence to making the starting time later in the day (like 9 AM) even though much research indicates that early morning (7-8AM) is not very conductive to many teens beginning their academic day.

  5. BadaBing says:

    So true, Polski3. I believe some Minnesota schools start later, but I’m not sure. Changing the time school starts is worth experimenting with. Start it at 0900 and make brunch 20 instead of 15 minutes, and lunch 40 instead of 30 minutes. By the time most kids get to the front of the lunch line, the bell rings. Cut class time from an hour to, say, fifty minutes. With 5 minutes between classes, school ends at 1530. I think.

  6. Walter E. Wallis says:

    I entirely forgot about schools getting paid for attendance, perhaps because I live in a district where noblesse oblige rules. Palo Alto accepts 60 students a year from out of the district because of an idiot court decision that made no provision for paying for them. The district is now asking us to kick in another $50/month to help pay for those kids, probably because we are all so rich we will never miss the money. JJ, of course, will pay her share out of petty cash.

  7. nailsagainsttheboard says:

    Let’s see….’students’ who don’t want to study in academia or work in a vocational ed. class…hmm…maybe we can come up with alternative programs:

    1. Get into politics….pandering doesn’t require any special skills or knowledge.
    2. Be a full-time protester or activist…you can travel and make an ass of yourself for free. You might even land on TV!
    3. Professor of Sociology, Communications, or other Mickey Mouse majors. Just make sure you are on the Left side of every issue.
    4. Neverland security guard…the weather’s always great around Santa Barbara.

  8. Dropouts are now called “pushouts,” implying that our schools are unfairly pushing kids out the door.

    How about a term for those kids unfairly pushed into the door, and away from a happy home?

  9. I read not too long ago about one school that eliminated its vocational programs and threw away valuable machine tools.

    I wonder if the unions had something to do with this? Keeping down the number of new tradespeople is an effective way to inflate wages.