Dropout age raises … thank goodness!

“I hate you and I hate this place,” a screaming 16-year old adolescent touted as he walked out of the high school. The school resource officer chased the young man through the halls, but halted as he crossed the threshold of the front door.

“Good bye,” the officer hushed under his breath.

There is no doubt this young man may have caused a raucous during this time in school, but he is a kid still.

Remember, being that kid?

The one who never listened to parents even when giving you solid advice. Your misconceptions and youthfulness made you believe you new it all, but years later you realized the mistakes people were trying to prevent.

It’s unfortunate, but this scenario above often happen in the high schools everywhere.

However, the scenario is going to change as the resource office is going to bring back the young man as Maryland changed its dropout age to 17 this month and effective July 1, 2017 the policy raises the age to 18.

Get It Right Now

I am perplexed why Maryland is phasing in the age increase over this two year span.

It’s no secret.

Individuals who finish high school have higher earning potential in life. I am not indicating money should mean the most to a single person, but there is no price tag one can put on an education.

I can repossess your car.

I can foreclose on my home.

But, I can never lose my knowledge and wisdom given to me by my teachers.

Therefore, move the dropout age to 18 now.

Misconceptions about GED Program

Too many student drop out and think they are going straight to get their GED. With the age change in dropping out, the age to participate in a GED or adult education class locally has changed to age 17. Consequently, a student must wait until a later date before enrolling.



Teachers want you to stay in school and finish the journey. It’s not easy and the baggage you are carrying is tremendously heavy, but it’s worth it to finish.

Also, the GED test is rigorous and many do not realize its difficulties. Think about this logic, one test that encompasses everything from the core subjects in high school. Typically, it takes a person four years to finish this work load in small chunks or classes. Instead, drop outs want to try it all at once.

No thanks!

My Advice: Students, with a sincerely heart, push through high school and earn your diploma; it’s well worth the challenge!


Here is an article from The Daily Times relating to this topic.


About briancookeducator

Husband, Daddy, teacher, #Mountaineer, coach, and aspiring school leader | Thoughts are my own.
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