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[Susan notes: Amen.

We need more recognition that many kids are hurt by the current mania of College Prep or Die.]

Published in Arizona Republic

To the editor

You can't raise the dropout age without doing something to make high school worthwhile for all kids.

Not all kids are college students, and we have too many going to college because that is what is expected. However, what they choose as a major in college and where they end up working are not always related.

What we need in high school is to give choices other than just the college-prep courses. We need shop classes, business classes, home-ec classes and computer classes. That would give those who will not go on to college a reason to stay in school.

We also need to change the AIMS testing, which is one of the many reasons behind dropouts. A kid can't pass it because it covers subjects that are above the level that he needs for everyday life, so when he fails, he drops out.

There is no need for every kid in high school to take three languages, four years of advance math and other courses that are required for entrance into college.

Keep the kids in school, but make it a worthwhile experience. Not all of them want to attend college, so make sure that there are courses that they will want to learn.

Jack C. McGaw

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