Texas: Don't hire dropouts

Don’t hire dropouts of high school age, Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott urged employers.

“It would send a powerful message to these kids to stay in school. It would be better for them, better for businesses and better for the state in the long run,” Scott said.

The Texas Association of Business had criticized education officials for reporting that only 12 percent of students fail to graduate; the business group thinks the dropout rate is closer to 30 percent.

Education Gadfly predicts graduation rates will fall when Texas “fully implements last fall’s stricter federal reporting regulations.”

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  1. Hunter McDaniel says:

    I’m all for having kids finish school, but this is so wrong-headed. Employers should not set any criteria for employment that go beyond what the job actually requires. We already waste millions of kid-years requiring college degrees for any kind of white collar jobs.

    Once again, the schools conflate their interests with those of the kids.

  2. Charley Cowens says:

    What Scott is demanding of employers may even be illegal per an old Supreme Court case, Griggs v. Duke Power. But in this Wikipedia article about the case ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griggs_v._Duke_Power_Co. ), it’s suggested that the recent Ricci case about the the firefighters’ exam may have undermined this decision. Legal or not, it’s certainly unfair, just like the arbitrary BA requirement for some jobs.

  3. I’m looking forward to the day when dealing with dropouts in Texas will mean creating schools that work for them, and not making them vanish with paperwork or giving schools incentives to just pass kids along.

  4. Now that’s a tough stance. Ask thyself, why does the kid go to school? He goes so he can get a good job. It doesn’t matter if it’s one of those high paying pipeline jobs or a frog jumping job. If he/she is qualified, that should be all that matters. I don’t think adminstrators should be allowed to set any pre-qualifications.