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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Graduations have serious consequences

  • It's hard to believe, but another graduation season is upon us once again.
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  • It's hard to believe, but another graduation season is upon us once again.
    High school seniors are about to put on their caps and gowns and walk down the aisle to get their diploma.
    For some, it's off to college. For others, it's off to trade schools. For others, it's off on the job hunt.
    For all of them, it will not be easy.
    Some business leaders and company owners around the country are bragging about how strong the economy is getting and how the job market is growing.
    That is true to a point, however, the economy, job market and housing may never be the same as it was prior to the fallout of late 2007.
    For these high school seniors, the future is going to be tough. Their parents are struggling to find money to send them to school and when they get out, there is a lot of uncertainty.
    That won't take away the thrill of getting a diploma after working so many years to complete schooling. In that aspect, graduations haven't changed a bit since they first began.
    There's the thrill of the diploma and the excitement of the post-graduation celebrations.
    But for everyone who has donned that cap and gown, they know it gets tougher from that point forward.
    As a nation, we have failed in providing the best education possible to our children. Our priorities have been building the military industrial complex and we are far behind much of the world in how we prepare our youth for the future.
    Sadly, there doesn't seem to be much of an appetite to change how we operate.
    Sure, we will continue to grow and thrive as a nation, but how long can we sustain this if we don't pay closer attention to how we educate our children?
    Page 2 of 2 - The biggest problem is the costs associated with education. Most industrialized nations have found ways to make higher education affordable but our own Congress won't even keep interest rates low for college students.
    What does that say about priorities?
    Hopefully, the new graduates will see our wrong ways and they will be the generation to make the necessary changes to put us on the right path.
    Until then, we hope they enjoy their graduation experience and wish them all of the best in their new adventures.

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