Today’s young people have high hopes for their future, even if they’ve done poorly in school, says a Florida State study. Nobody’s told D students they’re not on track to go to medical school. Researchers blame low admission standards of community colleges and counselors who “lack the authority to discourage students from attending college, even if they make very poor grades.”
“What you want to do is prevent a kid from hitting the wall,” (pediatrician Kenneth) Ginsburg said. “If all of your eggs are put into one basket, and then suddenly you realize that you can’t achieve something, you are left with a situation that is going to cause enormous amounts of stress and sadness.”
Instead, he said, the student who wants to be a doctor but makes C’s and D’s in school can be steered toward other health-related jobs such as nursing assistant or X-ray technician.
Actually, I doubt C and D students will be able to qualify for training as X-ray technicians.
Many students would work harder in school if they knew that it matters. Some slackers get it together later and use the community college system to catch up. Many struggle to get jobs as hospital janitors: They can’t read the warning labels on cleaning solvents.