There are 1.1 million American students that drop out of school every year. Personally, I don’t blame them. While we brag about the importance of education, we neglect the individual who must attain it. Based on society’s standards of success, we label the students for what they are, not who they are. This is directly related to where they came from and not the possibility of where they can go. Students easily become blinded, losing their core identity by becoming discouraged to express themselves—their hopes, dreams, and purpose in life.
I can’t help but to question, is it our students that are behind, or is it our education system? In middle schools across the country, two out of three eighth graders cannot read or write proficiently. I believe that the main problem is that they are given a story to analyze before they truly understand their own. No one ever takes the time to ask the question, “Who are you?” and more importantly, “Why are you valuable to society?”