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Every student has some kind of hardship, but getting special treatment to make things easier denies students the opportunity to learn and grow from the challenges life has given them. Some of those hardships listed, i.e drug abuse or teen pregnancy, are a result of their own actions. Life is hard, but one must work to succeed. We can not have generations of young people thinking that they do not have to work for anything, that everything will be handed to them. Some have circumstances more challenging that others, but by denying them the knowledge and self esteem that will come from rising above their circumstances is not the answer.
How does anyone think this a good idea? They are going to reward these students for slacking off and making poor choices. Achieving 28 credits is not that difficult to begin with. The majority of students take 8 classes per year, giving the the ability to fail 4 and still achieve graduation. By cutting these students slack now, they will only be set up for failure in the real world. When they are working and trying to make a living to support their families it won't matter if their "life experiences" have mad it hard for them to do their job. Giving them a pass now will only reenforce the idea that it does not matter how they perform because the government will step in and help them out. Yes, graduation rates should be higher. However, we should not be achieving that by lowering standards even more than they already are. The key is getting the kids engaged and inspired to learn, not making it easier for them to get out. Implementing plans like this only sets not only these kids, but the country as a whole, up for failure. The students who could not perform in high school will continue to underperform after and more and more citizen will require funding from our government to live. To improve our nation, we must improve our schools by actually focusing on the quality of education and not just standardized test scores and graduation rates.
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