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[Susan notes: I pretty much agree with the letter writer. Tacking on two more years of the same old same old in school will do no good. What we need to do is develop appropriate alternatives that students will be eager to engage in.

I'd just skip the last few sentences of the letter-- where the writer starts blowing hot air.]

Published in Arizona Republic

To the editor

Gov. Janet Napolitano's proposal to raise the dropout age for Arizona state school teenagers from 16 to 18 is a typical Democrat proposal that encroaches on the worlds of idiocy and insanity ("Governor proposes dropout age of 18," Valley & State, Wednesday).

Imagine school populations being burdened with two additional years of foiled dropouts. Should be an inspiration for teaching.

The dropout problem should be attacked from the front end, not the back end. Teenagers should want to continue their education, not be ordered to do so by another layer of burdensome legislation.

Education is a powerful tool for developing and strengthening a society so that attainment of community goals can be realized. First, goals need to be defined. Next, a game plan needs to be developed for achieving the goals (educational programs), and finally, the plan needs to be implemented by qualified personnel and absorbed by dedicated students.

Kenneth R. Server

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