Why is a High School Education Important?
Don't equivocate when answering this important question.
Reason #1: You don't want to be a loser.
Political correctness aside, most people who don't graduate from high school may not be able to achieve their dreams. There may be an occasional exception (a high school education, for example, wasn't as critical 80 years ago), even in the modern era, but let's do an observational study. Profile a decent sized group of individuals who dropped out of high school and ask yourself, "Do I want to be like them in ____ years?" In addition to dropouts--the most common group among non high school graduates--there are those who don't score necessarily well on state proficiency exams. In other words, they attended high school but didn't learn anything. Regardless of the reasons behind not passing minimum skills tests of graduation, these people, too, struggle for success. So whatever it is that's holding a student back, he or she better find a way to compensate for that weakness--as opposed to making excuses--or they, too, will end up near the bottom rung of society.
Reason #2: Having money is nice.
Save the "money can't buy happiness" self righteous/sour grapes speech, please. Granted, money can't buy happiness, but it can buy a house, a car, vacations, food, pay the power bill, the gas bill, and all those things that make life livable. In addition, teenagers are materialistic and superficial (yes, this is a generalization). They respond to things money can buy. So let's take a look at financial differences that result from an education (these figures come from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2006):
High school dropouts make $17,299 annually. That seems like a lot when you're 15. It's not. That's less than $1,5 00/month.
- Those with a high school diploma make $26,999 annually. In addition to being nearly $800 more a month, it opens up opportunities for further education, which produce more money.
- Those with a two-year degree make on average $36,645.
- Those with a four-year college degree make, on the average, $52,671
The first two reasons focus on self esteem and money. So do the next two.